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14 September 2007

Biochemical Journal hits the heights

The Biochemical Journal has won the ALPSP/Charlesworth Award for Best Online Journal.

It was the first year of the award, introduced to reflect that more and more journal content is published online. The Biochemical Journal beat off competition from the British Medical Journal and the New England Journal of Medicine.

The judges said “[The Biochemical Journal] is both visually attractive and easy to use. Content is clearly displayed and information for authors, readers and librarians readily available. Small touches such as the vertical banners and the inclusion of the editorial board’s biographies help bring the journal to life. The site maintains the character of the journal while exploiting the digital medium to offer a range of additional features ….”

The journal, published on behalf of the Biochemical Society by Portland Press Limited, has overcome the limitations of print and exploited the flexibility of the digital environment to re-create itself online. The Biochemical Journal has been re-mastered for the digital age to offer readers and authors an enhanced platform on which to build online communities within selected knowledge environments.

‘My BJ’ has been developed as an online area where users can create their own personal space including customized searching and alerting, and access to a personal filing cabinet to store favourite articles.

Rhonda Oliver, MD of Portland Press Limited, said: “Many existing electronic journals have really only provided a different delivery platform to print and have failed to exploit the power of the web. We asked ourselves what our journal would look and feel like online if we were creating it now - as opposed to 1906 - and that was the driver for change. Since we introduced My BJ at the beginning of 2006, over 2000 users have registered to use its personalization options and the numbers continue to grow month by month. We are delighted that ALPS/Charlesworth have recognized the significance of the innovative way that the Biochemical Journal now organizes and presents articles online by making this award”

After celebrating its Centenary in 2006, this transformation will allow the Biochemical Journal to look forward to the next 100 years.

The Award was announced at the ALPSP Annual Awards Dinner held at the Stationers’ Hall in London last night.

See more details about the awards here.

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