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 a Team Manager 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 and is the editor for a number of biology journals, including BMC Bioinformatics and BMC Ecology and Evolution.

  • Ciarán Fitzpatrick

    Author profile image Ciaràn obtained his BSc in Neuroscience from University College Dublin, MSc & PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Copenhagen. He continues to research the neurochemical correlates of behaviour relevant to psychiatric disorders. Having most enjoyed publishing and reviewing during his PhD, Ciaràn relocated to London to join BMC Series as Editor. He is committed to promoting robust science on open-access platforms.

  • Hayley Henderson

    Author profile image Hayley obtained her PhD in veterinary science from the University of Cardiff, UK before joining BMC in 2009. Following her time working in the veterinary and medical field, Hayley has been eager to support initiatives that champion innovation in research integrity processes. She is also the President of the International Association of Veterinary Editors, and is involved in running author and referee workshops to help encourage and support young researchers. Hayley is currently a Senior Editor for the BMC Series and regularly contributes to the BMC Series Blog.   Editor of BMC Nephrology, BMC Urology, BMC Veterinary Research

  • James Edwards

    James is a Senior Assistant Editor for the BMC Series and has been an Assistant Editor for BMC Health Services Research since April 2019. Before joining BMC, James completed his BSc in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis on pharmacology, at the University of Liverpool.

  • Kate Gaines

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  • Lauren Mcmillan

    Author profile image Lauren joined the BMC Series as an Assistant Editor in July 2018. She has a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Imperial College London where she also took courses in science communication.

  • Megan Barling

    Author profile image Megan is currently an Assistant Editor working on the BMC Series. She joined BMC in 2019 after completing her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at Bournemouth University.

  • Rebecca Strong

    Author profile image Rebecca is a Senior Team Leader on the BMC Series Assistant Editor team 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. She has worked on a number of journals in the BMC Series including BMC Cancer.

  • Rosie Brooks

    Author profile image Rosie is currently an Assistant Editor working on the BMC Series. She joined BMC in 2018 after completing her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Warwick.

  • Tillie Cryer

    Author profile image Tillie has a Bachelor of Science in Bioveterinary Science and a Master of Research in Veterinary Microbiology. She has previous research experience in veterinary science and more recently, mental health and health services research. In 2017, Tillie joined BMC as an Assistant Editor and in 2019, became the Editor of BMC Dermatology, BMC Nephrology, BMC Urology, and BMC Veterinary Research.  Tillie is now the Editor of BMC Family Practice, BMC Health Services Research, and BMC Nutrition.

  • 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.