The European Journal of Anatomy (EJA) was launched in 1997 as the official Journal of the Spanish Association of Anatomy (SAE). It is a successor to the “Annals of Anatomy”, a journal founded in 1952, which, due to financial difficulties, ceased publication after the 100th issue.
Initially EJA was not only dedicated to human morphology but also comparative and experimental anatomy. In addition, it also covered medical education and development. In this early period the journal was published in print with a modern design and its Editorial Board included foreign researchers. After publication of volume 4, the Journal decided to migrate to online publication.
This new era confronted the journal with pressing innovative challenges and possibilities.
The first and foremost aim is admission to the JCR index and Medline. Our applications are currently under review by the respective administrative bodies.
The second project is to open the Journal up to other international societies in Latin America. The “Sociedad Mexicana de Anatomía” (SMA) has already been accepted for integration in the EJA as an Associate Society with active participation in the Editorial Board.
The third objective is the modernisation of the management of the Journal. A change in publishers aims at improving the functionality and design of the Journal. The Journal will reduce the duration of revision through a pre-specified format.
The fourth component is that, while the Journal will continue to cover morphological topics, it will expand to include new fields such as, for example, gene expression and anatomy, which is closely related to developmental biology. The range of anatomical topics will be extended to cover experimental studies based on lesion, regeneration and transplants, etc. of tissues or organs. Furthermore, technical studies in the field of microscopy with its wide span of optical, electron microscopy, confocal, laser, infrared, immunohistochemistry, molecular techniques (ISH) etc. will also be covered. Efforts will also be made to attract manuscripts from the neurosciences as well as facilitating the inclusion of manuscripts with 3D reconstructions or videos.
Finally, our most earnest objective is the publication of 12 volumes per year with more efficient operational and review processes and prompt publication following acceptance.
The Journal will continue to operate on a free-access, no-charge basis, regardless of the number of pages, color plates, videos or 3D reconstructions.
Furthermore, the Journal will continue with the publication of one supplement per year, under the supervision of a Guest Editor. The practice of inviting important researchers to submit manuscripts will also be maintained.
We will, thus, be providing an appropriate frame for scientific publications from a wide range of anatomical topics, from molecular to gross anatomy and a broad field of professions: not only medicine but also from the fields of biology, dentistry, veterinary, physiotherapy, nursing, pediatrics and generally all professions connected with health sciences.
Prof. Dr. Ricardo Vázquez. Past Editor-In-Chief
Prof. Dr. Jose Sañudo. Present and future Editor-In-Chief
Prof. Dr. Pedro Mestres. Vice-Editor-In-Chief