© Robin Williams BSc MPhil PhD FBCA
The Journal of Biocommunication is on an open access platform starting with Volume 40, Issue 1. This means that all articles published by AMI, BCA and ABCD in the JBC will be freely available to read, download and share.
In issue 46-2 we have assembled some diverse content for this issue, including four more historical presentations from Dr. Richard Byrne who was the keynote Speaker at BIO '76, and he also presented at Vision '82 (BPA's Annual Meeting) and at a number of BPA regional meetings. We include two image-rich Showcases for this issue. Our first JBC Showcase features the award-winning medical illustration of John Daugherty. John was the recipient of the Association of Medical Illustrators' 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. Our second JBC Showcase features the award-winning natural science photography of Charles "Chip" Hedgcock, a medical/scientific photographer from Arizona. Chip has combined his love of the outdoors with more than 30 years of natural science photography. Our JBC Gallery features the Professional Category award winners from the Association of Medical Illustrators' 2022 Salon.
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 three 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.
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.
JBC editor Professor Jim Wetzel, has created a poster available for a presentation or printing as a poster. This poster gives an overview of the process for writing and submitting an article to JBC. If you have an idea for an article please feel free to contact Professor Jim Wetzel and he can assist you in getting your idea ready for publication.
Download the high resolution poster and please take the opportunity to promote our organization to potential new members when you have the opportunity. BCA needs to build membership carry us towards a bright and engaging future.