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Patient Associate Editor post for the BJD

Be the voice of patients by becoming a Patient Associate Editor for the British Journal of Dermatology


We would like to recruit one Patient Associate Editor within BJD’s editorial team. This is your chance as a person with a skin condition, or a carer of a skin disease patient, to join the BJD’s editorial team, influence academic publishing, and help further promotion of our Plain Language Summaries. BJD is one of the only dermatology journals that publishes free to read Plain Language Summaries with every issue. See link In 2020 alone, the BJD PLS were downloaded over 30,000 times.


You will be an active participant in championing why patients should be involved in research and how BJD is working towards this goal. You will help disseminate our Plain Language Summaries through patient support networks, invite submissions for a patient perspective section and provide input into journal development. Read this editorial regarding the background and rationale about BJD’s vision for this role:


Our first two Patient Associate Editors have published an editorial updating on all the work they have been involved in and how they would like to see this role developing.


As with all BJD Associate Editor posts, this is an unpaid role but any travel, accommodation or out of pocket expenses for journal work will be reimbursed.  The estimated time commitment for this role is two hours per week (on average) with a term of office of two years.


Currently, applications are open to a patient or a carer anywhere in the world. You will be invited to the editorial board meetings 2-3 times a year (non-UK based Patient Associate Editors would attend meetings virtually), you don’t have to attend them all, however the BJD has an annual team meeting that we would like the Patient Associate Editors to be part of.


The appointment process requires a letter of application outlining why you would be suitable for this role, how you could contribute to further growth of the BJD from a patient or carer’s perspective and a copy of your CV. Applications should be submitted by 5th September 2021 and the shortlisted candidates will be invitedfor a Zoom interview during the week of 4th October.


We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse organisation, and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Our Volunteer Charter can be found online at this link:


Further information and the job description can be obtained from John Caulfield, Editorial Manager in the BAD editorial office (

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