The British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) celebrates its centenary in 2023, and with it 100 years of continuous anaesthesia research publication. As an editorially and financially independent journal, the BJA faced a rapidly changing anaesthesia profession, health system, and publishing world without the security of institutional support. In its early days, the Journal was vocal about the challenging conditions faced by anaesthetists before the National Health Service was established, and was essential in advocating for the specialty. Although the years after World War II brought improving fortunes for the specialty, the BJA found itself struggling to publish. As the Journal's fortunes began to improve, a new research and healthcare context emerged, radically changing the face of anaesthesia research and practice, to which the Journal needed to adapt. In spite of a range of challenges throughout the years, the BJA has developed into an international, future-focused, well-respected publication. This could not have been achieved without continual transformation, and the willingness to take risks and meet the changing times head on.
- Academic medicine
- anaesthesia research
- history of anaesthesia
- medical journal
- National Health Service
- history of academic publishing
- Royal College of Anaesthetists