BiM has a shake-up – introducing our Commissioning Editors, International Advisors and Associate Editors

BiM is ready for a slight shake up. We are changing our editorial structure to move away from subject areas and towards a model that we think will improve your experience of our service. So, we now have a list of Commissioning Editors, the names of whom you can see on the left. We are lucky enough to have an interdisciplinary, international group, each of whom are rising starts or established leaders in their field. There are two pathways to getting a post published on BiM:

1. Direct submission: You can submit an unsolicited enquiry. If you have published an article, or read an article, seen a presentation or know of a (non-profit) event that you think would be good for a blog post, then you should email one of the Commissioning Editors directly. If they are unsure about it, they might ask the rest of us, or one of our International Advisors – also listed at left. If they decide to go ahead, you will get an email from Heidi Allen with the guidelines. Finally, you would then work with one of our Associate Editors (also at left) to get your post to a final version you and we are happy with.

2. Invited submission: The Commissioning Editors are always looking for papers, presentations or events that they think would be of interest to the BiM readership. We are rather fussy, but when they spot one, they will alert Heidi and the authors will get an email from her with the request and guidelines. They then work towards a final post as they would for Pathway 1.

We hope this shake up will improve your experience of BiM. Our objectives and standards remain the same, and our accountability – to provide accurate and interesting accounts of important research in the clinical pain sciences area – has been upgraded by the inclusion of our International Advisors, each of whom are established experts in their field and are giving their time and expertise for free. On that note, all our Editorial people are volunteers and do this as part of our collective desire to promote rapid knowledge transfer and exchange. We are grateful indeed to all of them for donating their time and expertise in this way.

Finally, an ongoing challenge for BiM is funding. Thus far, it has been funded by private philanthropic donation and more recently by grants. It is, unfortunately, a year to year prospect. We have therefore decided to run a donation campaign once or twice a year. We will announce it via the usual channels and if you like BiM and you think it is worth paying for, then please consider supporting us when the time to do so comes around. It will be a tax-deductible donation.

Although it is already February, let me wish you all a Happy New Year anyway. Thanks for all your support,

Lorimer Moseley
Chief Editor, BiM.