About the BMC Series

The BMC series publishes 65 subject-specific journals focused on the needs of individual research communities across all areas of biology and medicine. We offer an efficient, fair and friendly peer review service, and are committed to publishing all sound science, provided that there is some advance in knowledge presented by the work.

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About this blog

The BMC Series blog aims to highlight high-impact, thought-provoking research from across our journals, covering everything from public health to ecology.

We also write up conferences we’ve been to, discuss journal developments and open access, and comment on news in the world of research.

Most of our posts are written by staff on the Series, but you’ll also hear from our Editor Board Members, and a variety of guest bloggers.


  • Alison Cuff

    Author profile image Alison is an Editor for the BMC-series. She studied at the University of Reading completing a PhD on investigating the effects of mutations on the structure of p53. After working for a time in academia, she joined BioMed Central in May 2014, as a Database Editor for the ISRCTN registry. Alison joined the BMC-series in November 2016.

  • Ben Ragen

    Author profile image Ben is an Editor for the BMC-series for BMC Psychiatry, BMC Psycholoogy, BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, BMC Neuroscience, and BMC Neurology. Before joining BioMed Central, he received his PhD in psychology at University of California at Davis, which was followed by a post-doctoral position at New York University Langone Medical Center and a second post-doctoral position at New York University. Ben’s focus on biological psychology has involved studies on the neurobiology of monogamy and pharmacological treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder.

  • Natalie Pafitis

    Author profile image Natalie joined BioMed Central in October 2007 after having completed an MSc in Environmental Health at the Cyprus International Institute in Association with the Harvard School of Public Health. She is the training co-ordinator for the BMC series editorial team and the Editor of BMC Public Health and BMC International Health and Human Rights.

  • Rebecca Strong

    Author profile image Rebecca works as an Assistant Editor for the BMC-Series and originally joined BMC as an Editorial Operations Coordinator in November 2015. She has a MSc in Science, Technology and Society from University College London and a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of East Anglia.

  • Stephanie Martin

    Author profile image Stephanie is an Assistant Editor for BMC Plant Biology, Ecology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology journals. She writes a science and nature blog and is a freelance Science journalist and published fiction writer. She has a particular love of tropical forest ecosystems and all plant and fungi life forms.

  • Stephen Madamba

    Author profile image Stephen joined Biomed Central in April 2018 and is the Assistant Editor of BMC Geriatrics, BMC Palliative, and BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology. He completed a Master’s in molecular biology at the CUNY Graduate Center and a BS in molecular biology at University of California, Santa Cruz. Stephen’s graduate research focused on mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders, using fruit fly and cell culture models.

  • Tom Micklem

    Author profile image Tom is an Assistant Editor at the BMC series. Before joining BMC, he completed a BSc in Molecular Biology at University College London.

  • Tovah Honor Aronin

    Author profile image Tovah has been an Editor for the BMC series since 2016. Before moving into publishing, Tovah received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, USA, where she studied calcium signaling in yeast, developing a novel microscopy probe for real-time measurement of calcineurin activity. Tovah's path to scientific publishing started with an early fascination with Punnett squares and a focus on genetics, which then broadened into an interest in the communication and application of scientific research across disciplines. Along with working on her journals, Tovah enjoys interacting with the research community through seminars and workshops related to scientific publishing.