BCMJ Editorial Board shuffle

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 50, No. 7, September 2008, Page 402 News

Portrait of Dr. Jim Wilson  Portrait of Dr. Dave Richardson Portrait of Dr. David Chapman





Left to right: Dr Jim Wilson, Dr Dave Richardson, and Dr David Chapman

Unlike a cabinet shuffle, all of the following changes to the BCMJ Editorial Board are voluntary. After 13 years as an Editorial Board member and another 15 years as editor, Dr James (Jim) Wilson (or simply JAW to staff and readers of his editorials) is retiring from his position on the Journal. 

Dr Wilson, who joined the Board in 1980, became editor in 1993. He has held the second-longest editorial ten­ure in the history of the publication, second only to Dr Jack MacDermot, who spent 34 years in the position. The Journal has thrived under Dr Wilson’s leadership, and he will be sorely missed by staff and Board members alike.

Given that the position of BCMJ editor tends to be measured in dec­ades rather than years, outgoing editor Jim Wilson recommended Dr David Richardson to succeed him, partly because of his youth (he’s in his 40s). An Editorial Board member since 2006, Dr Richardson has been a general practitioner in Langley since 1992 and is on active staff at Langley Hospital. 

Dr Richardson has proven himself to be a perceptive and dedicated Editorial Board member, quickly able to sift through distractions to get to the heart of the matter. His article reviews are like his book reviews: short, often hilarious, penetrating, and, above all, relevant. 

Dr Richardson played soccer at the university level, and is an avid mountain biker and triathlete. He would like readers to know that he is not adverse to bribes, gifts, and other swag, and would not turn down a raise. You can contact Dr Richardson at drdavidrichardson@gmail.com.

Replacing Dr Richardson on the Editorial Board is Dr David Chapman. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr Chapman studied medicine at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1988. Upon moving to Canada, Dr Chapman spent three years as a GP in rural Manitoba and Saskatchewan before moving to south Surrey in 1993. 

He currently works in full service general practice in Langley (in his words: from hatch to dispatch), and is working toward his CCFP. Dr Chapman and his wife Robyn (also born and raised in South Africa) have two sons, ages 8 and 12. His free time is spent with his family, as well as gardening, reading, travel, running, and dabbling in the stock market.

. BCMJ Editorial Board shuffle. BCMJ, Vol. 50, No. 7, September, 2008, Page(s) 402 - News.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

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  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
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