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What is BIIJ?
The Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal (BIIJ) is a multidisciplinary, open access journal that is only available online (www.biij.org).
It is a quarterly, international peer-reviewed journal, published by the Department of Biomedical Imaging, University of Malaya. It is the first fully electronic imaging journal in the country, and probably the first in the region as well.
The objective of the journal is to meet the challenges of biomedical imaging and intervention facing the allied sciences community by providing a new avenue for discussion and exchange of viewpoints. It is not just a journal for radiologists, but also for medical physicists, computer engineers, and other professionals whose treatment or management depends on imaging.
Who are the key people?
At the helm of the editorial board are consultant radiologist Assoc Prof Dr Basri J. J. Abdullah and medical physicist Prof Ng Kwan Hoong.
Two associate editors, Michael MacManus (Australia) and Wilfred Peh (Singapore) lend their expertise. The journal also has an international advisory board, editorial board and panel of reviewers.
What are the contents?
The journal contains original research papers, commentaries/editorials, technical reports, “How I Do It” articles, review articles, case reports, expert slide presentations, letters to the editor and book reviews.
The “How I Do It” section can include videos of imaging procedures to enhance the learning process.
Who does it belong to?
BIIJ provides common ownership. Currently, three organisations use BIIJ as their official journal – College of Radiology, Academy of Medicine Malaysia; South East Asian Association of Academic Radiologists; and Southeast Asian Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics.
These organisations can send materials such as abstracts or papers from meetings they organise to the editors of BIIJ, who will arrange for the materials to be peer-reviewed, edited and subsequently published.
All this comes at no cost for the organisations. “For them, the world recognises that such an organisation exists and such a meeting was held,” says Dr Basri.
“We hope that a lot more organisations will come on board, so that rather than duplicating resources, we can all work together to build up a base of the things we can do in the region,” he adds. - BY TEE SHIAO EEK
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