New IBMS journal editor announced
Tony takes over as editor of the British Journal of Biomedical Science (BJBS) from Dr Andrew Blann, who has held the position since November 2015.
Following his appointment, Tony commented:
"It is truly a great honour to take on the role of editor of the British Journal of Biomedical Science, a journal which I have received as part of my membership since joining the IBMS, back in 1984.
Dr Andrew Blann has done a fantastic job over the years by greatly increasing its impact and visibility beyond what many of us ever thought possible. This will have significant benefits for our profession as the baton has now passed over to me at the time of a new phase of the journal's development, with a new publisher and a new 'Open Access' format.
I hope to widen the scope of the journal, maintain its current impact trajectory and importantly, ensure that it remains the journal of the practicing biomedical scientist."
Tony is currently a professor in the School of Health Sciences at the International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, where he has just led a successful re-accreditation of the BSc (Hons) Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences with the IBMS. Previously, he was a Professor in the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, at the University Malaya and still holds an honorary chair there.
He moved to academia in 2003 as a Senior Lecturer in Cellular Pathology at the University of the West of England following a successful career as a biomedical scientist in the NHS, working at; The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, St Thomas's Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital London, and finally as Senior Chief Biomedical Scientist in the Department of Anatomic Pathology at the University College London Medical School.
Tony’s appointment follows the announcement that the journal will be moving to 'gold-open access' when relaunched with new publishing partner Frontiers. This is in line with the International Science Council's (ISC) recent statement endorsing UNESCO's commitment to a new paradigm of 'open science'.
IBMS chief executive David Wells commented:
"I would like to congratulate Professor Tony Rhodes on his appointment as the new editor of the BJBS.
He will bring a unique blend of expertise and skills which I am sure will see the journal continue to grow as we transition to an open-access format.
I would like to thank Dr Andrew Blann for his dedication and hard work in his time as the BJBS editor. Andrew has done a great job with improving the journal's quality, particularly evidenced by the improvement in the impact factor.”
The BJBS is the profession's leading journal, featuring authoritative papers and short reports on new laboratory techniques and principles.
Under the new open-access format, starting from January 2022, all recent articles in the BJBS will be immediately and permanently available to access freely for all and IBMS members will not be charged to publish their work.
A preview of the new BJBS website is now available for members to view; submissions for the journal will not be accepted until September 17th.
Tony will commence his role as the editor of the BJBS from October 1st 2021.