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 the Editor for BMC Plant Biology, BMC Genetics and BMC Immunology. 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.

  • Anna Clark

    Author profile image Anna is a Senior Editor for the BMC-series. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from King's College London and was a post-doctoral fellow before joining BioMed Central in March 2015.

  • Christopher Foote

    Author profile image Chris is the Editor of BMC Cell Biology, BMC Ecology, and BMC Evolutionary Biology. Before joining BioMed Central in 2012, he did a PhD at the University of Glasgow and post-doctoral research at Iowa State University.

  • James Mockridge

    Author profile image James is the Editor of BMC Rheumatology and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. He undertook his postgraduate research in physiology at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at Kings College London, he moved into a career in scientific publishing and worked at Portland Press/Biochemical Society before joining the BMC series in June 2015.

  • 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.