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IJBM Updates

By 22 December 2023January 2nd, 2024No Comments

It was tremendous to gather in Vancouver and heartening to hear excitement about the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM). I continue to reflect upon the discussion we had at the IJBM-organized session, “Reporting our Science: A Panel Session with Editors of Behavioral Medicine Journals”. The panel included a group of editors and associated editors from top behavioral medicine scientific journals. Many great topics were discussed including navigating open science practices, publishing early phase trials, and how to get involved in the editorial process. IJBM is currently updating its Instructions for Authors document in hope to provide clear guidance on these and other matters in IJBM. We are also always on the lookout for those of you interested in serving as reviewers, editorial board members, or even associate editors. Reach out to our editorial team to get involved!

I was extremely honored to present the 2021 and 2022 Springer Awards for Excellence in Publication in Behavioral Medicine while in Vancouver. Awardees are selected by an editorial review panel who consider the metrics of impact for each paper, including number of times downloaded and number of garnered citations. Honored papers included:

2021 Springer Award for Excellence in Behavioral Medicine Publishing

Co-Lead Author: Aric Prather
University of California, San Francisco, USA

Co-Lead Author: Sarah Pressman
University of California, Irvine, USA

2022 Springer Award for Excellence in Behavioral Medicine Publishing

Lead Author: Alison Bacon
University of Plymouth, UK

We also awarded a very first set of IJBM Regional Awards for Excellence in Publication in Behavioral Medicine. These included an awardee each from Asia, Australia, North America, South America, and Europe. Help me congratulate our inaugural awardees:

South America

Lead Author: Daniela Gómez-Pérez
Griffith University of La Frontera, Chile

Be on the lookout for our upcoming special issues, “Social Isolation and Loneliness in Acute and Chronic Illness” (Special Issue Editors: Allison Marziliano and Michael Diefenbach) and “Advancing the Science of Behavioral Medicine: Meta-Analyses and Foundational Reviews” (Special Issue Editors: Chun-Qing Zhang, Ren Liu, Michael Hoyt).

And, as always, do not forget to join us on Twitter at @IJBMed.

Michael Hoyt

Michael A. Hoyt, PhD, is an Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Lab at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California, USA. Dr. Hoyt's research interests include biobehavioral processes related to psychological adjustment and coping in the context of chronic disease and health-related adversity across the lifespan. His work seeks to understand the common pathways (e.g., psychological, behavioral, and psychobiological) related to the onset and recovery from physical illnesses, with a focus on cancer survivorship.