WACCBIP Director Named First EBM Journal Global Editor for Africa

Prof. Awandare pictured with EBM Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Steven Gordon, and Global Editor for Europe, Prof. Farzin Farzaneh, after the announcement at the University of Ghana. 

Director of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), Professor Gordon Awandare, has been named the first Africa Global Editor of the Experimental Biology and Medicine (EBM) journal.

The journal, founded in 1903 as the flagship journal for the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM), publishes both research and review articles, as well as meeting symposia and brief communications. Articles published in the journal represent cutting-edge research at the overlapping junctions of the biological, physical and engineering sciences that impact on the health and welfare of the world's population. The 2019 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports gives EBM an impact factor of 3.005 and the journal is indexed in all the major databases including Scopus and PubMed.

“When I was interviewed to become the Editor-in-Chief of EBM in 2006, I told the SEBM Council of my plans to globalise Experimental Biology and Medicine, and by virtue of doing so, would globalise the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine,” said Prof. Steven Goodman, Editor-in-Chief of the journal. “Thankfully the SEBM Council was supportive of this plan, and we began our expansion beyond the borders of the United States. Thirteen years from accepting the role as Editor-in-Chief of EBM, with the opening of our EBM/SEBM African Office at the University of Ghana, we now are a Journal and Society with EBM/SEBM Offices on five continents.”

Membership in SEBM is open to all researchers in the biological sciences, with a free membership offer for students in the biomedical sciences. SEBM members receive free page charges, which allows them to publish in the journal for free.

The Africa Global Office, led by Prof. Awandare, is mandated to expand the SEBM’s membership in Africa and to extend EBM’s reach to include world-class research conducted on the African continent.

“Once I had the opportunity to speak with Steve about his vision for EBM/SEBM, it became immediately clear that the journal shared our values and I was honoured to represent it on the African continent,” Prof. Gordon Awandare said. “WACCBIP represents the future of basic biomedical science in Africa, and I am glad we have a partner in EBM/SEBM, which offers a great opportunity for African scientists to publish their research to a global audience and establish collaborations through these platforms.”

University of Ghana researchers are invited to join the society and submit their work for publication in the EBM journal.