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Editorial Board

Chiara Cilibrasi, PhD

New Content ItemDr Chiara Cilibrasi is an Associate Editor for the BMC Series and joined in April 2022 after over ten years of research experience. She holds a Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnologies and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Milano-Bicocca, where she studied the effect of targeted cell cycle inhibition on glioma stem cells. Following postdoctoral work at the same University, she moved as a Research Fellow to the University of Sussex where she focused on the identification of potential new biomarkers and therapeutic targets in glioblastoma and breast cancer. Chiara actively promotes the publication of open and reproducible research.

Senior Editorial Board Members

Jane Phillips

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Professor Jane Phillips, PhD, RN, FACN is Head of School at the QUT School of Nursing and Professor of Palliative Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience as a leader in research and education in the health sector. She has just been named Australia’s top researcher in the field of hospice and palliative care in the Australian’s list of top 250 researchers in 2021.  Jane was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2021 and is an Inaugural Fellow of Palliative Care Nurses Australia. Jane is at the forefront of her field and brings her considerable clinical nursing, national policy and academic expertise to deliver outcomes that are changing practice and enhancing palliative care globally.  Her interdisciplinary program of research targets the delivery of care that enables people to spend more days in their place of choice, move seamlessly between care settings and receive the best evidence-based palliative care.  She was previously the Director of IMPACCT, (Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care Through Clinical Research and Translation), at the University of Technology Sydney where she is an Emerita Professor.

Nancy Preston 

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Nancy is a Professor of Supportive and Palliative Care and Associate Dean for Post Graduate Education in the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. She has been a Section Editor at BMC for over 5 years. With over 30 years of experience in research, her research focusses on palliative care and how best to integrate palliative care into general healthcare systems. She has a strong interest in how people make decisions about their future care including advance care planning and experiences around assisted dying. She has been involved in five European research projects. She has published over 150 research papers. She is an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner. She is the co-author of a ‘Post-Graduate’s Guide to Doing a Literature Review’ and ‘Palliative Nursing’

Barry Quinn

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Barry, is a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Cancer and Palliative Care at Queen’s University Belfast and Mohamed Bin Rashid University, Dubai. He has been working as a clinician, academic and researcher in the field of cancer and palliative care for over 30 years. He has published numerous articles on a range of palliative and end-of-life care issues including, spirituality, symptom management, communication and compassionate leadership. He is the Chair of two European expert groups, Managing Advanced Cancer Pain (MACPT) and European Oral Care in Cancer (EOCC). He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international meetings, he has published articles and book chapters on a range of palliative and nursing issues. He is a member of the All Ireland Palliative Care Research Network. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Palliative Care in 2020 and has appointed as a Senior Editorial Board Member in October 2022. 

Editorial Board List

Executive Editor
Maria Hodges, BMC Series, London, UK

Associate Editor
Chiara Cilibrasi, BMC Series, London, UK

Assistant Editor
Stuart Weir, BMC Series, London, UK



Editorial Board Members
Bárbara Antunes, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Emma Beecham, Louis Dundas Centre for Children's Palliative Care, UK
Emmanuelle Belanger, Brown University, USA
Eva Bergstraesser, University Children's Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Sara Booth, University of Cambridge, UK
Helen YL Chan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Ping-Jen Chen, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
Hon Wai Benjamin Cheng, Medical Palliative Care Team, Dept. of Medicine & Geriatrics, TMH, Hong Kong
Shao-Yi Cheng, National Taiwan Unviersity, Taiwan R.O.C.
Michael Connolly, University College Dublin, Ireland
Maxine De la Cruz, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Shelli Feder, Yale University School of Nursing, USA
Anne Finucane, Marie Curie Hospice Edinburgh, UK
Geraldine Foley, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Shannon Freeman, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Wei Gao, King’s College London, UK
Jan Gärtner, Palliative Care Center Basel, Switzerland
Luca Ghirotto, Azienda USL - IRCCS di Reggio Emilia, Italy
Arunangshu Ghoshal, Tata Memorial Center, India
Matthew Grant, University of Melbourne, Australia
Marieke Groot, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands
Ping Guo, University of Birmingham, UK
Ellen Henderson, UCL Institute of Child Health, UK
Debra Howell, University of York, UK
Emma Kirby, University of New South Wales, Australia
Jonathan Koffman, Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London, UK
Mark Lazenby, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, USA
Thomas LeBlanc, Duke Cancer Institute, USA
Paul Maciejewski, Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
Chetna Malhotra, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Eva Katharina Masel, Medical University of Vienna, Division of Palliative Medicine, Austria
Natasha Michael, Cabrini Health, Australia, Australia
Jason Mills, Torrens University, Australia
Mitsunori Miyashita, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Carole Parsons, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Barry Quinn, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
Natasja Raijmakers, Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation (IKNL), Netherlands
Naveen Salins, Kasturba Medical College, India
Eva Schildmann, University Hospital, LMU Munich, Germany
Christian Schulz-Quach, Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada
Lucy Selman, King’s College London, UK
Shane Sinclair, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Canada
Kelli Stajduhar, University of Victoria, Canada
Tamara Sussman, McGill University, Canada
Jing-Yu (Benjamin) Tan, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Stefano Terzoni, ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo, San Paolo teaching hospital, Italy
Liesbeth van Vliet, Leiden University, Netherlands
Kirsten Wentlandt, University Health Network, Canada
Anne Wichmann, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands
Sriram Yennu, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA

Editorial Advisors
Janet L Abrahm, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA
Julia Addington-Hall, University of Southampton, UK
Paul Daeninck, University of Manitoba, Canada
Robert Dunlop, King's College London, UK
Robin Fainsinger, University of Alberta, Canada
Albert J Kirshen, University of Toronto, Canada
Barbara A Koenig, Stanford University, USA
Henry McQuay, University of Oxford, UK
Diane Meier, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA
Liliana Orellana, Deakin University, Australia 
Carla Ripamonti, National Cancer Institute, Italy

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    3.113 - 2-year Impact Factor (2021)
    3.917 - 5-year Impact Factor (2021)
    1.562 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.960 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) 

    Speed
    53 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    68 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

    Usage 
    1,373,387 Downloads (2021)
    2,157 Altmetric mentions (2021)

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