Turning the page on 2021: an eventful year for the British Journal of Anaesthesia

Br J Anaesth. 2022 Jan;128(1):1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2021.11.008. Epub 2021 Nov 22.


The British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) had an eventful 2021, following what was a cataclysmic 2020 for the whole world. Despite the tragic challenges of multiple waves of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unparalleled burdens this created for everyone working in anaesthesia and critical care, the BJA underwent a major transformation during 2021. The BJA strongly supported research and education relevant to the pandemic, and to the broader missions of anaesthesia, critical, and pain medicine. Innovations to the BJA in 2021 included a special section on COVID-19 and the Anaesthetist; a new open access journal in the BJA stable; creation of a new social media editor position; new webinar and author interview series; transition to a new manuscript management system; and a move away from paper to electronic publication.

Keywords: COVID-19; anaesthesia; medical journal; open access; social media; sustainability.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia*
  • Anesthesiology
  • COVID-19*
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic / trends*
  • Publishing / trends
  • Social Media
  • United Kingdom