BJA News and Press Releases

BJA Special Issue on Mass Casualty Medicine and Anaesthesia: Science and Clinical Practice

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Applications for the BJA-ESAIC Grant

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Submit your applications soon and get a €100.000 budget for your research project. Committed to support our community and the advancement of our profession, the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) and the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) recently announced the opening of the BJA - ESAIC Grant. More information at: https://www.esaic.org/research/esaic-grants/bja-esa-grants.

Pearse awarded College Medal for clinical trial network leadership

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Professor Rupert Pearse, editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, was awarded the College Medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for his work as founding director of the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POMCTN). The network includes more than 350 frontline healthcare researchers, representing 290 hospitals throughout the NHS. POMCTN has secured more than £4.5 million in National Institute for Health Research funding for large clinical trials testing new ways to improve patient outcomes after major surgery. Pearse is a board member, and the BJA is a founding partner, of the Network, which was formed by the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia with support from Rosetrees Trust.

BJA update on journal access for ANZCA members

Following the decision by ANZCA to discontinue subscription to BJA journals there have been some comments on social media that the BJA Directors would like to address.

The BJA publishes three BJA titles with our publisher Elsevier. In addition, the BJA is a registered charity in the UK that uses investment returns from its capital to fund research and educational activities. The BJA funds over £500,000 in grants every year; these include grants for undergraduates, for junior researchers, for career development, for non-clinical PhD studentships, and for clinical PhD training fellowships funded jointly with the Medical Research Council. These grants provide an important service to our community, and require that we run the BJA in a responsible manner to support these charitable activities. We have extended our research awards beyond UK borders and now co-fund grants with the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care and, importantly for ANZCA members, with ANZCA in the form of the ANZCA-BJA collaborative research grant of £100K equivalent from each partner. Our charitable activity also extends to a range of BJA-sponsored educational events. Of relevance to the global anaesthetic community is the recent highly successful “COVID-19: Lessons for the future of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Conference” co-sponsored with ANZCA, including a substantial charitable contribution from the BJA to the running of this event.

The editorial boards for both BJA and BJA Education are truly international. Although peer review is uncompensated, some editors receive a stipend to cover their time out of clinical work, which is supported by subscription fees as with other society journals. There are also additional significant running costs covering, for example, governance and compliance and daily operations. Income from subscriptions and from our publisher covers these journal running costs and charitable educational activities. As a subscription model journal, we are able to minimise page charges for authors in the BJA and BJA Education. Income from investments covers our research grants.

There was a recent headline of a large price increase for BJA subscription for ANZCA members. The context of this is important. Previously ANZCA had purchased a single institutional subscription which all 7,500 ANZCA fellows and 1,700 ANZCA trainees could use to access the journals. However, this could not continue as it did not align with comparable arrangements we have for other member based organisations. The ANZCA leadership have been very helpful and clear in trying to explain this. We simply cannot undercut the arrangements we have with these other organisations as that would be unfair.

BJA values a productive working relationship with ANZCA and its members, as it does with all society members, so we have offered members discounted individual subscriptions. Again, ANZCA have very helpfully noted this on their social media feed. These are at 90% discount on regular price. We feel we have listened to the concerns raised and have provided a generous solution.

We would close with a further statement; these negotiations with ANZCA have been protracted but friendly. We hope that this further update will go some way to explain the BJA position, and remind readers and social media users that these decisions were not made by our editors but rather by the Directors of the BJA and ultimately its board chair. 

Prof DG Lambert for and on behalf of the Directors and Publisher of the BJA.

Bernd Saugel selected as editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia

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The British Journal of Anaesthesia is please to announce the selection of Bernd Saugel, MD as our newest editor. Professor Saugel is currently Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in the Center of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Hamburg, Germany).

Professor Saugel graduated from the medical school of the Technical University of Munich (Munich, Germany) in 2006. He completed his training in internal medicine, intensive care medicine, and anesthesiology at the University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich (Munich, Germany) and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Hamburg, Germany), and received the European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine. He was appointed Consultant in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine in 2013, Consultant in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine in 2017, Professor of Anesthesiology in 2018, and Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Hamburg, Germany) in 2020. He also serves as a Visiting Professor and collaborates with the Department of Outcomes Research, Anesthesiology Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and is a Major Regional Director of the Outcomes Research Consortium (Cleveland, OH, USA).

Professor Saugel’s main areas of research is haemodynamic monitoring and management of high-risk surgical and critically ill patients. He focuses on concepts of "personalized haemodynamic management" using innovative haemodynamic monitoring methods to improve patient-centred outcomes in perioperative and intensive care medicine.

Professor Saugel has published in leading journals including Nature Communications, Anesthesiology, and the British Journal of Anaesthesia (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=saugel+b&sort=date). In addition to his new role as BJA editor, he is an associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Monitoring and a section editor of the Journal of Critical Care. He is Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee 14 of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) and Deputy Chair of the Cardiovascular Dynamics Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). He brings to the board his expertise in cardiovascular research, clinical studies and randomised trials, statistics, perioperative medicine, and intensive care medicine.

British Journal of Anaesthesia – Managing Director Vacancy

We are looking to recruit an individual with high-level journal publishing management experience for the role of British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) Managing Director. BJA is a registered charitable company responsible for the publication of the BJA, BJA Education and BJA Open (open access, launched recently). Working with partners, we also fund research and arrange educational and scientific meetings.

The role will be part time to support the effective management of our activities including: (i) publishing three journals in our stable; (ii) functioning as a registered charity in UK: (iii) managing our grants portfolio, linked to investment income; and (iv) other journal activities. The post-holder will support strategic developments for the journals and operational delivery.

For more information about the role, please consult the enclosed document.

To apply please send CV and covering letter by e.mail to Professor David Lambert (Board Chair) [email protected] from whom further informal information may be obtained. Closing date: Tuesday 30th November 12.00 Noon.

The British Journal of Anaesthesia is moving to online access for members of the Royal College of Anaesthetists from 2022

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From the first issue of January 2022, the British Journal of Anaesthesia will move to online access for members of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA). In July 2022, BJA Education will also move to a digital format, with an opt-in service for print editions for a further twelve months until June 2023.

This transition away from print copies reflects the ongoing commitment of RCoA, BJA, and Elsevier to environmental and sustainability concerns. For example, removing the provision of print copies for RCoA members for the British Journal of Anaesthesia alone will save approximately 110 tonnes of paper annually and, whilst all paper is sourced according to RELX’s sustainable paper policy, we expect this to have a positive environmental impact in terms of the journal’s carbon footprint.

The move away from print reflects the user habits of the journal’s readers, who are increasingly accessing the BJA journals in their digital formats. Downloads to the British Journal of Anaesthesia have increased by 32% in the past two years, which underlines its online popularity. Qualitative feedback from reader surveys also suggests that users are accessing the journal predominantly in its online form. In addition, the transition reflects industry trends, with many publications moving to online access in recent years, and several publishers (including Elsevier) committing to support sustainability as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

From 2022, RCoA members can access all articles in BJA through the journal’s website: www.bjanaesthesia.org. The full issue will be available in "flipbook" form when the My RCoA member portal goes live in mid-November. The latter will enable members to read the complete issue from start to finish digitally, as they would do a print journal issue.

If you have any questions about this news, or about how to activate your access to BJA account, please contact [email protected]. For information about member benefits or to become an RCoA member, please visit: https://rcoa.ac.uk/membership.

For any questions about the flipbook or journal related queries, please contact our publishing contact at Elsevier, Alexander Smith: [email protected].

Editor-in-chief Hugh Hemmings elected to US National Academy of Medicine

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Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr., MD, PhD, FRCA., professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York, USA, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for his outstanding achievements and exceptional services in the medical sciences. He was specifically recognized as an institutional and international leader in academic medicine and pioneer in the neuropharmacology of general anesthetic mechanisms on neurotransmitter release including effects on voltage-gated ion channels critical to producing unconsciousness, amnesia and paralysis. (https://nam.edu/national-academy-of-medicine-elects-100-new-members-2021/). Membership to the National Academy of Medicine (Washington, DC, USA) is one of the highest honours in health and medicine in the US. Hugh has been associated with the British Journal of Anaesthesia since 2006, and was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2017. He joins Paul Myles who was elected as an international member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.

British Journal of Anaesthesia has moved to Editorial Manager

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As of 11 October 2021, the British Journal of Anaesthesia has transitioned from Manuscript Central to Editorial Manager as its default manuscript submission system. Henceforth, new submissions will be handled through this platform. Previous submissions (including revised manuscripts) that were started in Manuscript Central before this date will continue to be processed through Manuscript Central until their disposition is settled.

Editorial Manager is a long-established and best-in-class editorial submission and manuscript processing system, providing a strong performance for authors, reviewers, and editors. It is the primary manuscript submission system for the majority of Elsevier’s journals, including the Lancet and Cell Press titles, and is the submission system of choice for more than 7,000 journals across various publishers worldwide.

As Editorial Manager is owned by Aries Systems, who are an Elsevier company, we will be able to deliver enhancements and innovative solutions to the BJA, its authors, and its reviewers in a timely manner. Editorial Manager offers the following benefits for its users:

  • Enhanced submission workflows and features designed to help editors save time (e.g. Editor Chains; Quick Search; support for metadata extraction and reference linking from submitted Word files)
  • Offering Reviewers credit for their contributions with integrated Reviewer Recognition Services, including with Elsevier’s Reviewer Hub
  • Enhanced Research integrity features
  • Integrated with industry standards such as ORCID, Ringgold, Funder Registry, and CRediT
  • Existing integration with many third-party tools such as CrossCheck, with more being established all the time.

Should you have any questions, 24/7 support is available via email, live chat, or the phone, through Elsevier’s Support Centre. In addition, our Publishing Contact at Elsevier, Alex Smith, can be reached via email: [email protected] in this regard. As you use Editorial Manager more and become more familiar with the system, the BJA would welcome any changes, questions, or feedback you may have.

Detailed resources to help authors and reviewers can be found in the links below:

Author Tutorial
Reviewer Tutorial

BJA Social Media Editor Appointment

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The editors of the British Journal of Anaesthesia are excited to announce the appointment of Tom Abbott MA, BM BCh, PhD, MRCP, FRCA as the inaugural BJA Social Media Editor. He is currently NIHR Clinical Lecturer at the William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London and an anaesthetic registrar at Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK. Dr Abbott was chosen from a competitive pool of applicants after a careful selection process and he joins the editorial board in October 2021.

Dr Abbott graduated in 2011 from Oxford University medical school, completed his PhD at Queen Mary University of London in 2017. He undertook postdoctoral research alongside his clinical training in anaesthesia and was appointed as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London in 2021, working with the Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine research group. Through his research, Dr Abbott aims to improve the health and well-being of patients undergoing surgery. His particular academic interests include perioperative myocardial injury, perioperative blood pressure, postoperative pulmonary complications, postoperative non-invasive respiratory support, antimicrobial prophylaxis for surgery and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. He has played a leading role in several large multicentre trials and epidemiological studies.

Dr Abbott (@_tomabbott) has used Social Media to publicise his own research for several years and looks forward to the challenge of developing this communication medium at the British Journal of Anaesthesia. He brings to the board his experience in multicentre randomised trials, epidemiology and perioperative medicine.

Call for Applications - British Journal of Anaesthesia Editor

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The British Journal of Anaesthesia invites applications for a new editor with expertise in anaesthesia and/or critical care to begin early in 2022. The appointment will be for a five-year term in the first instance, renewable for a further five years subject to performance.

First published in 1923, the BJA is a global anaesthesia journal publishing original clinical, translational and fundamental research and reviews in the areas of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, critical care and pain, with a focus on clinically relevant research and education.

Applicants should hold a substantive academic and/or clinical position, with experience in the preparation, submission and review of articles for high-quality medical journals. Previous editorial experience as an editor and/or editorial board member of an anaesthesia/critical care journal is highly desirable.

Responsibilities of BJA editors include: handling and making decisions on approximately 100 manuscript submissions each year; editing accepted manuscripts; commissioning articles and editorials; committing to innovation and development of the journal; attending and contributing to at least one of the editorial board meetings held each year in person or by Zoom (one in London and one elsewhere); assisting the editor-in-chief by providing editorial expertise and review of manuscripts submitted for publication; and ensuring that all editorial tasks and deadlines are met promptly to facilitate the review and publication process.

The BJA has a strong digital research and education community using Twitter and other social media, and the Elsevier PlumX metrics service. Engagement with societal impact and social media use is desirable.

The BJA is committed to expanding diversity and inclusiveness among its editorial team. We encourage applications from groups that are under-represented in medical publishing, including women. The BJA supports flexible working arrangements.

If you are interested in joining an outstanding and collaborative team of international editors committed to advancing academic anaesthesia and related disciplines, please send a one-page covering letter detailing your interest in and potential contributions to the journal, and a brief CV that includes publications, employment history and relevant experience to the editor-in-chief, Prof Hugh Hemmings, at [email protected] by 1 December 2021.

BJA Open – Editor-in-Chief Announcement

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On behalf of the BJA and Elsevier, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Hopkins as the new Editor-in-Chief for BJA Open.

Phil Hopkins, MD FRCA is Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Clinical & research interests include malignant hyperthermia, exertional heat illness, perioperative allergy and regional anaesthesia.

BJA Open will complement and expand upon our existing BJA and BJA Education titles by providing a new high-quality, forward looking online only gold open access publishing option using an Article Publishing Charge (APC) model.

Thoracic Anaesthesia and Respiratory Physiology - Special Issue Call for Papers

The British Journal of Anaesthesia is pleased to announce a special issue on thoracic anaesthesia and respiratory physiology to coincide with ACTACC 2021 (www.actacc.org/actacc-annual-scientific-meeting-glasgow-2021), to be held in Glasgow, Scotland on 17-18 November 2021.

The deadline for submissions is now 1 January 2022 with anticipated publication in 2022. Papers can be embargoed for presentation at the meeting if desired, but will otherwise be published electronically ahead of print, with final publication as a special section in a 2022 issue of the Journal. Please submit manuscripts for peer review, including original clinical and laboratory research, review articles, editorials and correspondence to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bja, indicating in your cover letter that the submission is for the Thoracic Anaesthesia and Respiratory Physiology Special Issue. We will also publish the top abstracts from the ACTACC annual scientific meeting.

Please address any queries to [email protected].

BJA Education Editorial Board Membership vacancies

Applications for membership of the Editorial Board of BJA Education to commence in 2022 are now being accepted. The Editors of BJA Education are consultants who are active clinically across all areas of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. There is broad representation from across the specialty and members of the Editorial Board are drawn from across the UK and internationally. The location and areas of expertise of Editors are published in BJA Education and can also be found at this link. The vast majority of the educational review articles are commissioned directly by members of the Editorial Board.

The appointment will be for a five-year term in the first instance, renewable for a further five years subject to performance. Please find further details here.

British Journal of Anaesthesia Open – Editor Opportunity

BJA invites applications for BJA Open Editor.

British Journal of Anaesthesia Editor – Call for Applications

BJA invites applications for BJA Editor.

Memory and Awareness in Anesthesia - Special Issue Call for Papers

Memory and Awareness in Anesthesia

The British Journal of Anaesthesia is pleased to extend the submission period for the publication of a special issue on memory, awareness and the science of consciousness to coincide with MAA11, the 11th International Symposium on Memory and Awareness in Anesthesia to be held in Prato, Italy, 6-7 June 2022 (maa11.org). The deadline for submissions is now 1 July 2022 with anticipated publication in 2022.

Please submit manuscripts for peer review, including original clinical and laboratory research, review articles, editorials and correspondence to https://www.editorialmanager.com/bja/default1.aspx, indicating in your cover letter that the submission is for the Memory and Awareness Special Issue. Please address any queries [email protected].

BJA Editorial Fellowship – Call for Applications

BJA invites applications for the BJA Editorial Fellowship.

Call for Applications - Social Media Editor

The British Journal of Anaesthesia invites applications for a Social Media Editor to begin in October 2021. The appointment is for a five-year term, renewable for a second term. The Social Media Editor will also be a member of the BJA Editorial Board.

The BJA, first published in 1923, is a global anaesthesia journal publishing original clinical, translational and fundamental research and reviews in the areas of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, critical care and pain, with a focus on clinically relevant research and education.

The BJA and its partner journal BJA Education are building a strong digital research and education community using Twitter, Facebook and the Elsevier PlumX metrics service. The Social Media Editor will focus on using social media to convey news, commentary and discussions relating to our research, education and publishing missions. The editor will create supplemental posts to draw attention to current articles, events and other content, and will monitor responses to posted content. The editor will also contribute to strategic plans for the BJA and BJA Education on the use of digital communication and social media in order to create a professional digital discussion platform. The editor will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief of the BJA, Editorial Board members, and the publisher.

Candidates should have expertise in anaesthesia and/or related specialties, social media and digital communication to complement the current expertise of the editorial team (www.bjanaesthesia.org/content/edboard). Applicants should hold an academic and/or clinical position, with significant clinical and/or research experience including the preparation, submission and review of high-quality articles for publication.

The BJA is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive membership. We encourage applications from groups that are under-represented, including women. The BJA supports flexible working arrangements. Informal enquiries for more information on the role may be made to the current Social Media Editor, Prof Christa Boer ([email protected]).

Candidates interested in joining an outstanding and collaborative team of international editors committed to advancing the study of anaesthesia, critical care and pain are invited to submit: (i) a one page covering letter detailing their interest in, and potential contributions to, the journal; and (ii) a brief CV which includes publications, employment history and relevant experience. These should be sent to the BJA Editor-in-Chief, Prof Hugh Hemmings, at [email protected] by the deadline of July 31, 2021.

Nadine Attal selected as editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia

Nadine Attal

Nadine Attal, MD, PhD, is Professor Of Therapeutics And Pain Medicine in Paris Saclay University. She practices in the Ambroise Paré Hospital (Boulogne-Billancourt) of the Paris Saclay University Hospital Group and Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, France. She is associate director of the U987 INSERM research unit directed by Didier Bouhassira. Professor Attal was elected to the BJA Board in 2021 and selected as section editor for Pain Medicine after a careful selection process.

Professor Attal graduated in neurology from Paris Descartes University (now University of Paris) and obtained her PhD in neurosciences from Pierre et Marie Curie University (now Sorbonne University, Paris) in 1994. After working in general neurology in Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris as a resident and clinical assistant, she joined the Pain Center of Ambroise Paré Hospital, and then the INSERM Unit in 2001, where she developed most of her current research. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and Professor in 2019.

Professor Attal plays a leading role in translational research in pain, developing with Didier Bouhassira questionnaires including the DN4 and NPSI that are used worldwide. She is also involved in epidemiological studies, prospective surgical cohorts, coordination of a number of therapeutic studies and preparation of international guidelines. She has contributed to the development of several innovative analgesic treatments such as botulinum toxin A and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Professor Attal has published over 140 peer reviewed articles in leading journals such as the Lancet Neurology, Ann Neurology, Neurology, Brain and Pain and is currently section editor for the journal PainReports, an official publication from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). She has coordinated multiple international workshops and courses and delivered several plenaries at international congresses. Her leadership positions include director of research of her department in the Paris Saclay University hospital group, member of the research board of Paris Saclay University, and member of the Council of the IASP and of the scientific council of the European Academy of Neurology. She was appointed knight (chevalier de la Légion d’honneur) in 2016 and has received a prize from the Académie des Sciences in 2017. She brings to the board her expertise in pain medicine, particularly with regards to epidemiology, assessment, management of pain and randomised clinical trials.

Coming in 2021 - BJA Open, a new Open Access journal from the British Journal of Anaesthesia

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The Directors of the British Journal of Anaesthesia are delighted to announce that a new Gold Open Access journal will commence publication in 2021, which will expand on their current portfolio of BJA and BJA Education.

This new journal will publish high-quality peer-reviewed publications across all disciplines of anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine, explore innovative new forms of publication, and maintain the reputation for quality that readers and authors know and expect from BJA publications.

More details and announcements including a timeline for the first issue and how you can get involved in this new publication will be revealed in the coming months

Mass Casualty Medicine and Anaesthesia: Science and Clinical Practice - Special Issue Call for Submissions

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GUEST EDITORS
Rosel Tallach and Karim Brohi
The British Journal of Anaesthesia invites submissions on Mass Casualty Medicine and Anaesthesia, to coincide with a BJA-sponsored session at Euroanaesthesia 2021 (17-19 December). Please submit original clinical and laboratory research, review articles, editorials and correspondence to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bja indicating in cover letter that the submission is for the mass casualty special issue.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
1 August 2021, with anticipated publication electronically ahead of print and as a special section of the December 2021 issue of the BJA (but can be embargoed on request).

CONTACT [email protected]

Rupert Pearse appointed as an editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia

Rupert Pearse

The editors of the British Journal of Anaesthesia are excited to announce Rupert Pearse MB BS, MD, FRCA, FICM as a member of the editorial team,. He is currently NIHR Research Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London. Professor Pearse was elected to the BJA board in 2019 and chosen as editor from a competitive pool of applicants after a careful selection process. He joined the current team of nine editors in January 2020.

Professor Pearse graduated in 1996 from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK. After time working in general medicine and anaesthesia, he returned to St George’s Hospital where he developed many of his current research interests and completed his training in Intensive Care Medicine. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and was promoted to Professor in 2014. He has now given up anaesthesia to concentrate on his clinical duties on the Adult Critical Care Unit at The Royal London Hospital and his research into improving patient outcomes following major surgery.

Professor Pearse has played a leading role in a number of large multicentre trials and epidemiological studies. He also has a growing interest in global health research in perioperative and critical care. A prolific author, he has published in leading journals including The Lancet, JAMA, Anesthesiology, and the British Journal of Anaesthesia. He holds a number of prominent leadership positions including Clinical Director of R&D for Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London and founding Director of the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network. He is associate editor at the British Medical Journal Quality and SafetyM, and a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Surgery. He brings to the board his expertise in multicentre randomised trials, epidemiology, intensive care medicine, global health, and perioperative medicine.

Statement by the Directors of British Journal of Anaesthesia

Racism, discrimination and diversity within British Journal of Anaesthesia

British Journal of Anaesthesia is a Registered Charity that publishes original, peer-reviewed research articles in the British Journal of Anaesthesia and educational articles in the journal BJA Education. We also fund grants in support of research in anaesthesia and related specialties.

Our Equal Opportunities Policy acknowledges that in society certain groups or individuals are denied equality on the grounds of race, gender, sex, marital status, caring responsibilities, disability, gender reassignment, age, social class, sexual orientation and religion, culture or beliefs. We recognise the importance of the issues of racism and discrimination in society raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. British Journal of Anaesthesia condemns totally and unequivocally racism in any form and in any situation.

In response to this, the BJA Directors commit to ensuring that those serving on our Boards and Committees, and our employees are better representative of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. We have also encouraged and reminded our members and staff that they should raise any concerns about racism and discrimination in our organisation with no fear of action or discrimination against themselves.

British Journal of Anaesthesia & Anaesthetic Research Society Media Fellow 2020-21

Media Fellow 2020-21

As part of a joint initiative, we are actively seeking a volunteer to contribute to the multi-platforms recently launched by the British Journal of Anaesthesia & Anaesthetic Research Society. We are looking for a post-FRCA [or international equivalent] candidate with active research and/or educational responsibilities interested in acquiring new multi-media platform skills to help shape the future of communication in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, critical care and pain medicine. The aim of the Fellowship is for you to contribute to broadening international access to education/research, enhance trainee educational resources and highlight research into everyday practice. You will gain first-hand experience and develop expertise in new platforms working alongside the BJA Editorial team and the Anaesthetic Research Society.

The BJA is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive membership. We encourage applications from groups that are under-represented. The BJA supports flexible working arrangements. Informal enquiries for more information on the role may be made to: [email protected] and/or [email protected].

If you are interested in joining our outstanding and collaborative team as Media Fellow, please send a one page covering letter detailing your interest and a brief one page focussed CV to [email protected] before 1st October 2020."

BJA 2019 Impact Factor: 6.880

The British Journal of Anaesthesia is delighted to announce its highest ever Impact Factor of 6.880 in the latest release (2019 Impact Factor), and increase of 11% over the 2018 Impact Factor. Our 5-year average Journal Impact Factor is 6.392, which ranks first in our category. This latest result is testament to the tremendous work of our editors, editorial board, reviewers, and authors. The BJA wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to the continued success of the journal.

We invite you to read some of the BJA’s most cited research from the previous two years (2018-2019) collected here.

COVID-19 and the Anaesthetist: A Special Series

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Manuscripts focusing on COVID-19 will undergo fast-track review, and if accepted, will be published online with immediate free access as soon as possible. These papers are collected in a special collection on our website, COVID-19 and the Anaesthetist: a special series. These articles will be published in a special section in the coming months as more information becomes available as the world responds to this crisis.

BJA COVID-19 Announcement

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Dear Colleagues,

Anaesthesia as we knew it has been forever changed by COVID-19. Our clinicians and scientists are on the front lines of providing clinical care to the sickest patients and researching the safest ways to treat this disease and its sequelae. Many of our authors, editors, reviewers, and readers are overwhelmed by clinical demands, transitioning to remote teaching and video meetings, ramping down laboratories, prioritizing family, and changing the way we work and interact with colleagues and patients. These efforts take enormous time and energy, and present an unprecedented challenge to our normal roles.

The board and editors of the British Journal of Anaesthesia recognize that authors, editors, and reviewers are even busier than before and may need additional time to review and revise manuscripts; please contact your editor if extensions are needed. The BJA editors remain committed to publishing quality science, and will be flexible while still aiming to meet necessary deadlines. This is especially important given the increased number of manuscripts being submitted, including many related to the COVID-19 pandemic that we strive to review, edit and publish expeditiously to get important information out to our colleagues on the frontlines.

If you have not seen it yet, please visit the COVID-19 Collection tab on our website that compiles publications appearing in the BJA relevant to the COVID-19 crisis. We will be featuring articles in the coming months in a new section entitled COVID-19 and the anaesthetist; these articles will be made freely available to all readers.

Our publisher Elsevier has also introduced new services in support of researchers and clinicians affected by this crisis. The Elsevier COVID-19 Information Center includes the latest research and links to around 20,000 articles from across 2,500+ journals, available freely and easily, to help the global response. Elsevier is making this important body of literature available from PubMed Central and other public repositories such as the WHO COVID database.

Also, don’t forget the BJA website, which includes the latest articles and links to our Twitter and Facebook pages for additional resources regarding COVID-19 and more.

The British Journal of Anaesthesia appreciates your continued efforts and dedication to our journal. We thank you for your dedication and effort to fighting this disease.

Be well,

Hugh Hemmings, MD, PhD, FRCA
Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Anaesthesia
[email protected]
www.bjanaesthesia.org
@BJAJournals

Professor DG Lambert BSc(Hons), PhD, SFHEA, FBPhS, FRCA
Chairman of Board, British Journal of Anaesthesia
[email protected]

Special Issue on Respiration and the Airway

Respiration and the Airway

The British Journal of Anaesthesia is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue on Respiration and the Airway following on from WAMM 2019, the second World Airway Management Meeting held in Amsterdam, 13-16 November. Complications associated with airway management are still the largest cause of anesthesia-related death or permanent brain damage, and the incidence of serious adverse outcomes associated with airway management is much higher outside operating rooms. Since BJA published a special issue on Airway Management in 2016, there have been several major new developments in the field of airway management such as videolaryngoscopy and high-flow nasal oxygenation for difficult airway management. There have also been significant advances in mechanical ventilation and oxygen therapy. And the severe acute respiratory disease COVID-19 has sense dominated our attention. We are pleased to announce the publication of this special issue within the July 2020 issue of the BJA. The issue includes editorials, review articles, original research and correspondence. As the affiliate journal of the World Airway Management Meeting, we have also published the top abstracts selected from WAMM 2019.

COVID-19 and the Anaesthetist: A Special Series

COVID-19

BJAjournals shares new insights, experiences and data concerning the management of COVID-19 patients. The latest COVID-19 publications can be found in a special series here.

Editor Paul Myles elected to US National Academy of Medicine

Editor Paul Myles elected to US National Academy of Medicine

Paul S. Myles, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., M.D., D.Sc., professor and director, department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, Alfred Hospital and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for his outstanding achievements and exceptional services in the medical sciences. He was specifically recognized for designing and leading international multicentre studies, and creating several patient-centered outcome metrics that inform study design and clinical decision-making in surgery (https://nam.edu/national-academy-of-medicine-elects-100-new-members/). He was one of 10 international members elected in 2019. Membership to the National Academy of Medicine (Washington, DC, USA) is one of the highest honours in health and medicine. Paul has been a valued member of the British Journal of Anaesthesia since 2005, and an editor since 2013. David Lambert, chair of the BJA board, remarks: “Paul is an approachable member of the editorial team and wider board; we are fortunate to have such a high profile editor at the Journal”.

 

International Research Grant

The BJA and ESA are very pleased to announce the signing of an agreement for an International Research Grant.

Thanks go to Michel Struys who has been instrumental in bringing this to fruition. Further detail and photos are available here.

Date First Posted: July 8, 2019

Call for Papers: Special Issue - Women in Anaesthesia

Women in Anaesthesia

As part of an ongoing commitment to initiatives that promote openness and diversity within the discipline of anaesthesiology, the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) has commissioned a special issue on Women in Anaesthesia to highlight the science and practice of anaesthesia as it relates to sex and gender, challenges facing women in anesthesia today and the role women have played in the development of the discipline.

BJA invites original submissions from broad areas of focus relevant to anaesthesiology. To learn more and find out how to submit your work, view the call for papers online. Submission deadline: 31st October 2019.

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All papers will be subject to rigorous peer review for publication in early 2020 to coincide with International Women’s Day (March 8, 2020) and Women’s History Month.

Date First Posted: April 25, 2019

Special Issue on Perioperative Anaphylaxis

Special Issue on Perioperative Anaphylaxis

We are excited to announce that the BJA Special Issue on Perioperative Anaphylaxis is scheduled to appear in July 2019. Edited by Philip Hopkins and Lene Garvey, this issue will include clinical and laboratory investigations, reviews, editorials, consensus recommendations and correspondence relating to the latest advances in perioperative anaphylaxis.

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Date First Posted: April 9, 2019

Special Issue on Opioids in Anaesthesia

Special Issue on Opioids in Anaesthesia 9

We are excited to announce that the BJA Special Issue on Opioids in Anaesthesia is scheduled to appear in June 2019. Edited by David Lambert and Hugh Hemmings, this issue will include clinical and laboratory investigations, reviews, editorials and correspondence relating to the latest advances in opioids in anaesthesia and pain.

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Date First Posted: April 9, 2019

Special Issue on Pain

Special Issue on Pain

We are excited to announce that the BJA Special Issue on Pain is scheduled to appear in July 2019. Edited by Lesley Colvin and Jon Hardman, this issue will include clinical studies, reviews, editorials and correspondence relating to the latest advances in pain management.

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Date First Posted: March 5, 2019

Board members receive prestigious honours

Two members of the BJA board were recognised recently for their outstanding academic contributions.

David G Lambert BSc(Hons), PhD, SFHEA, FBPhS, FRCA, chair of the BJA board, was made a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society for demonstrating distinction and peer recognition in pharmacology. There are currently 291 Fellows, all of whom have made substantial contributions to the disciplines of pharmacology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics through their work, publication and presentation of research, leadership, and contribution to Society life. Dave is professor of anaesthetic pharmacology and doctoral college director at the University of Leicester.

Robert D Sanders, BSc MBBS PhD FRCA, board member received a Macintosh Professorship from the Royal College of Anaesthetists. This year-long professorship is for established clinical or laboratory researchers to recognise and disseminate their work, including a keynote lecture at a meeting organised by the college or its associated faculties. Rob is assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison WI USA.

We salute their outstanding contributions to academic anaesthesiology and to the BJA.

Date First Posted: January 3, 2019

The 2018 BJA Panel on the Future of Opioids in Anaesthesia

The 2018 BJA Panel on the Future of Opioids in Anaesthesia was held at the 72nd PostGraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology (PGA) was held in New York City on 9 December. The BJA has been associated with the PGA for over a decade, and sponsors a panel annually at this meeting, the third largest gathering of anesthesiologists in North America (https://www.nyssa-pga.org/pga-meeting), which is sponsored by the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA).

The 2018 panel featured an international group of speakers moderated by Hugh C Hemmings Jr, Editor-in-Chief of the BJA, that provided information on the current and future role of opioids in anaesthesia form pharmacology to public health. The topics covered were Hot Topics in Opioid Pharmacology: Mixed and Biased Opioids by David G. Lambert (Leicester UK), Chair of the BJA board, Are Opioids Indispensable for General Anesthesia? by Talmage D. Egan (Salt Lake City UT), associate board member, Can Perioperative Opioids During Cancer Surgery Influence the Risk of Recurrence or Metastasis? by Donal Buggy (Dublin Ireland), BJA board member, and The Prescription Opioid Crisis The Role of Anesthesiology in Reducing Opioid Consumption by Christopher L. Wu (New York NY). Attendance and audience engagement was excellent, clearly demonstrating the quality of the speakers and the timeliness of the panel. This event will be followed by a special issue of the BJA devoted to Opioids in Anesthesia and Pain to be published early in 2019.

Date First Posted: December 19, 2018

World Anaesthesia Day 2018

Recent articles in the British Journal of Anaesthesia concerning postoperative cognitive dysfunction (2013-2018)

Much current attention in anaesthesiology concerns the possible long-term effects of anaesthesia, including on cognitive function. To mark World Anaesthesia Day 2018 and the coincident co-publication of a new classification of perioperative neurocognitive function (Evered et al., BJA November 2018), we highlight some of the important contributions of the BJA to this area with a collection of papers published in the last five years. World Anesthesia Day commemorates the first successful demonstration of ether anesthesia by William Thomas Green Morton (1819–1868) on October 16, 1846 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Date First Posted: October 25, 2018

Prominent BJA Author J.B. Glen Receives 2018 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for His Discovery of Propofol

The prestigious Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award “to honor outstanding work for the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of disease” was given to J. B. (Iain) Glen “For the discovery and development of propofol, a chemical whose rapid action and freedom from residual effects have made it the most widely used agent for induction of anesthesia in patients throughout the world”. (http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/show/discovery-and-development-propofol-widely-used-anesthetic/#overview)

A veterinary anaesthetist trained in Glasgow, Glen joined the pharmaceuticals team at ICI to pursue his interest in comparative anaesthetic pharmacology. In early 1973, his team detected hypnotic activity for ICI 35,868 or 2,6-diisopropylphenol in mice, and subsequently other animal species. He went on to publish this discovery in the British Journal of Anaesthesia in 1980 (Glen, JB. Animal studies of the anaesthetic activity of ICI 35-868. Br J Anaesth 1980; 52: 731-742; https://bjanaesthesia.org/article/S0007-0912(17)50183-X/fulltext). This impressive preclinical study of a novel anaesthetic compared propofol to other currently available intravenous anaesthetics in multiple animal species using various indices of therapeutic and toxic effects. It has been cited over 175 times, and is one of the most important papers to appear in the field of anesthesiology as highlighted in our World Anaesthesia Day 2017 Collection of 2017. Problems with formulating such a highly lipophilic and water-insoluble compound were problematic in commercializing this chemically unique anaesthetic compound, but eventually formulation as an emulsion, also described in the British Journal of Anaesthesia (Glen JB, Hunter SC. Pharmacology of an emulsion formulation of ICI 35 868. Br J Anaesth 1984; 56: 617-26; https://bjanaesthesia.org/article/S0007-0912(17)42319-1/fulltext), led to its adoption as the preferred agent for rapid induction and maintenance of sedation and anaesthesia, quickly replacing thiopental. Dr Glen was for many years a reliable assessor for the British Journal of Anaesthesia and an active member of the Anaesthetic Research Society. An unpretentious man, his unique ability to involve clinicians from around the world in constructive pharmacological research has led to an outstanding and long-lasting contribution to anaesthetic practice for which he has been rightly recognised by this award, one of the most prestigious prizes in medicine.

Date First Posted: October 5, 2018

New Research Gives an Unprecedented Insight into the Reasons for Cancelled Operations

New research published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, and led by the Health Services Research Centre at the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the UCL Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, presents the first findings of a 7- day observational cohort study conducted during March 2017 (SNAP-2: EPICCS study). This paper provides the most comprehensive UK wide study to date on rates and reasons for surgical cancellations using data from 90% of NHS hospitals across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Although last-minute cancellations of surgery are running at record highs, little is known about the specific risk factors, beyond seasonal fluctuations. These findings give an unprecedented insight into the circumstances associated with cancellations. The results are UK-wide and immediately relevant to healthcare policy makers.

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Date First Posted: September 13, 2018

Congratulations to Michael S. Avidan, BJA Editor, Newly Appointed President of the AUA

Michael S. Avidan
"I am confident that, together with the dedicated and talented Scientific and Educational Advisory Board members as well as the engaged and energetic general AUA membership, we will continue to advance the goals of the AUA and increase its impact." --Michael S. Avidan, President, AUA

BJA Editor Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh FCA(SA) has begun his tenure as president of the AUA (Association of University Anesthesiologists), serving a two-year appointment as head of this prestigious society.

Professor Avidan is the Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Director of the Institute of Quality Improvement, Research and Informatics (INQUIRI), and is the Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. He is an accomplished investigator in perioperative outcomes research, including large clinical trials. His major contributions have been in the fields of 1) prevention of intraoperative awareness; 2) postoperative neurologic outcomes; and 3) tracking health and well-being of surgical patients. A prolific author, he has published in prominent journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, The Lancet, Anesthesiology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As a dedicated educator, Dr. Avidan’s contributions to teaching and mentorship have been recognized with the Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Student Education at Washington University School of Medicine. He is the co-director of the Anesthesiology Department’s T32 Training grant and is a mentor on the School of Medicine's T35 training grant.

Read Dr. Avidan’s President’s Message

Date First Posted: August 28, 2018

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