The Journal of Biocommunication
One of the benefits of membership in the BioCommunications Association includes an annual subscription to The Journal of Biocommunication which is an electronic journal published three times a year by the BioCommunications Association (BCA), Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), and the Association of Biomedical Communications Directors (ABCD).
The goal of the Journal is best understood from its mission statement:
"The Journal of Biocommunication is dedicated to serving as a showcase of biocommunication techniques; describing proven and experimental procedures in medical art and illustration, print, photography, film, television, computer, multimedia systems, and other communication modalities applied in the health sciences."
Each year the Journal publishes three issues electronically via the internet. A typical issue includes featured papers on biomedical communications subjects; columns on various technical topics, both current and historical; a gallery of biocommunication images (still and motion-media) from the annual media competitions of the consortium's Associations; a showcase of elegant images produced by an invited individual or group; a listing of association and tradeshow events, and updates on newly released commercial technologies and equipment; plus, editorials on topical concerns and interests of all biocommunicators.
Paramount to the reader's interaction with the Journal is the various methods of communication. Authors' e-mail addresses are linked with their copy affording an immediate tool to raise questions or make comments. Figures and/or illustrations may be displayed with interactive elements (i.e.: computer graphics, multi-media, animation, etc.). Motion media productions are presented as short clips, including audio, allowing a better representation of content than can be viewed with only still images. Plus, additional resources, suggested reading, references, etc., are "hot-linked" to internet sites. And finally, the opportunity to submit one's own work for potential publication makes the Journal perhaps the most valuable benefit of being a member of the BioCommunications Association.