The BJS Society is a charitable body with a mission to advance and improve education in surgery and to diffuse knowledge on new and improved methods of teaching and practicing surgery in all branches.
The Society owns and promotes globally recognised surgical journals, BJS and BJS Open. Through its strategic partnerships and collaborations with other international surgical organisations, the Society has established a unique position in surgical publishing.
Much of the Society’s charitable activity and future strategy will be delivered within the following three areas, each with its own purpose:
- BJS Journals – to share and disseminate quality scientific research with the publisher and remain the leading surgical journal in Europe.
- BJS Academy – to offer an accessible hub to meet, learn, be mentored, discuss, listen to and understand the education and accreditation opportunities available through the Society. It will enhance journal content and add value to members and partners.
- BJS Institute – to provide privileged access (discount) to postgraduate accredited educational opportunities to complement BJS Academy and journal content.
History and purpose
The Society is steeped in history and tradition dating back to 1913.
The educational arm of the charity, BJS Academy, was established in 2021 to provide a portfolio of learning materials to assist the modern surgeon and advance the science of surgery.
The Society, Journals and Academy are managed by various teams of specialists, dedicated to delivering world-class surgical education.
Council of Management
The Board of Directors and Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the Society’s activities.
The Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chairs oversee the Society’s activities day-to-day.
The Executive Committee, BJS Academy Committee and Charity Committee support the Council.
Teams of experienced Editors manage and produce the Society’s journals.
BJS Academy team
The talented team behind the Academy bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their roles.
The Academy website is managed by IT partners, Firefly Design Agency, a Content Management team coordinated by ACS Global and a Content Creation team managed by Jonothan Earnshaw.
Jonothan Earnshaw manages and coordinates the activities of BJS Academy.
Content Creation team
Supporting the Director, this team creates the Academy’s educational resources.
This team supports the Director to deliver the strategy and manage the delivery of the Academy.
The Society encourages connections with like-minded organisations, sharing ideas and knowledge to work towards common goals.
These collaborations are facilitated by two tiers of partnership, each offering a range of valuable benefits.
The Society is a UK charity registered with the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
In 2021, the Society established a Charity Committee to oversee its charitable giving and activities.
The Society’s highly sought-after editorial apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity to surgeons in the early stages of their career with an interest in medical publishing.
Apprentices are recruited on an annual basis for a one-year Editorial Assistant position in the journals’ Editorial teams.