Press Release: New journal launch by the University of Buckingham Press

Thursday 12 March 2009

The University of Buckingham Press is pleased to announce the launch of The West London Medical Journal.

It is with great delight that we announce the birth of this new journal which is designed to give doctors in their early years of training a platform to publish articles of interest. We feel that many worthy articles are unfortunately overlooked by medical journals chasing impact factor. We have encouraged junior doctors to publish here by contacting postgraduate centres in the UK. We hope that the journal in due course will have an international reach with submissions from every corner of the globe. We are also equally keen to encourage medical students to publish work done in relation to their Bachelor of Science projects and other articles of interest. We are confident that the journal will mature into a major international publication of interest to medical students and doctors in training. The journal provides a forum to publish for final year medical students, Junior Doctors and those at ST1 and ST2 level of training. The editors said:

“We are delighted to see the launch of The West London Postgraduate Medical Journal which is designed to enable newly qualified medical graduates to publish their research in a general medical journal of interest to young doctors. This is an important venture as young doctors often feel their work is often overlooked by established journals which give priority to impact factor ratings which inevitably means clinical papers take second place to molecular biology. This journal would complement the establishment of the Postgraduate Medical school at the University of Buckingham. Our peer review team have done a splendid job and as they are not anonymous as with many other journals. We hope this would encourage openness and transparency in the peer review process which has been cited as an impediment to medical progress.”

Christopher Woodhead at the Press said: “It is particularly pleasing that the Press and the University Medical School are producing an open access journal. The West London Medical Journal is a quarterly, free, open access online journal publishing the best peer reviewed material submitted by postgraduate medical students from the UK. Open Access journals are a future model for academic publishing and it is good to see The University of Buckingham being part of the movement.”

The Journal is available online at http://www.ubplj.org/

For more information please contact:
Christopher Woodhead
Managing Director
University of Buckingham Press
Buckingham
MK18 1EG
Direct: +44 (0)1280 828338
christopher.woodhead@buckingham.ac.uk