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The Journal of Biocommunication

The Journal of Biocommunication is on an open access platform starting with Volume 40, Issue 1. This means that all articles published by the BCA and AMI in the JBC will be freely available to read, download and share.

Vol. 47 No. 2 (2023)

The Journal Management Board is pleased to announce the publication of JBC issue 47-2. In this issue, we feature an article examining the viability of a biologically degradable material for fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3-Dimensional (3D) printed medical models, written by University of Georgia authors Joshua C. Bledsoe, Brad E. Gilleland, Austin F. Wright, Evan M. White, Grant H. Crane, Christopher B. Herron, Jason J. Locklin, and Branson W. Ritchie from the University of Georgia. As 3D printing becomes a more widespread technique in the medical field, Bledsoe et. al address the negative environmental and ecological impacts of the most common commercial 3D printing filaments while exploring sustainable, compostable alternatives.

We also invited forensic photography technologist David Larraguibel to discuss the process behind his photograph entitled Cerebral Reflections, winner of the BioCommunications BioImages 2022 Premiere Award in the Biomedical - Human & Animal category. In this article, Larraguibel discusses his background in photography, the technical aspects that influence photographs of organic materials like skin and tissue, and his profession doing forensic postmortem photography (FPM) as it applies to medico-legal postmortem examination.

We would like to thank the members of our Management Board, our editors, advisors, and authors for their important contributions.

Sam Bond & Kelly Cloninger
Co-Chairs, Journal Management Board

The goal of the Journal is best understood from its mission statement:

"The Journal of Biocommunication is dedicated to serving as a showcase of biocommunication techniques; describing proven and experimental procedures in medical art and illustration, print, photography, film, television, computer, multimedia systems, and other communication modalities applied in the health sciences."

Each year the Journal publishes two issues electronically via the internet. A typical issue includes featured papers on biomedical communications subjects; columns on various technical topics, both current and historical; a gallery of biocommunication images (still and motion-media) from the annual media competitions of the consortium's Associations; a showcase of elegant images produced by an invited individual or group; a listing of association and tradeshow events, and updates on newly released commercial technologies and equipment; plus, editorials on topical concerns and interests of all biocommunicators.

JBC Communication
Paramount to the reader's interaction with the Journal is the various methods of communication. Authors' e-mail addresses are linked with their copy affording an immediate tool to raise questions or make comments. Figures and/or illustrations may be displayed with interactive elements (i.e.: computer graphics, multi-media, animation, etc.). Motion media productions are presented as short clips, including audio, allowing a better representation of content than can be viewed with only still images. Plus, additional resources, suggested reading, references, etc., are "hot-linked" to internet sites. And finally, the opportunity to submit one's own work for potential publication makes the Journal perhaps the most valuable benefit of being a member of the BioCommunications Association.

BPA Journal online 

Back issues of the journal of the Biological  Photographic Association from the first issue in 1932 are available as pdf documents. Contact the BCA office for access.