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Cytopathology : change in Editor

As BAC members may be aware, Professor Mina Desai is stepping down as Editor in Chief of Cytopathology as from January 2017 and is passing the baton onto Professor Michael Sheaff.

Mina, like all previous Editors, has helped develop and move the journal on and raise its profile.  Professor Desai said:

It has been a great pleasure working as Editor In Chief of the Cytopathology journal for last 2 years.

I am delighted to see the positive outcome of the new strategies which I introduced at the outset.  (Ref: 1)

 The impact factor is up; the turnaround times to acceptance are shorter, thanks largely to the Associate Editors and Delia from the Editorial staff of Wiley; acceptances from non-English speaking countries are growing, helped by greater and earlier referrals to the revamped Wiley Editing Services site and Dr. Euphemia McGoogan’s hard and diligent work.

I would like to thank Associate Editors, Editorial Advisers, and Editorial Section advisors, members of the Editorial Advisory board and dedicated team of Editorial Staff from Wiley. In the changing era of cytopathology speciality, it has been hard work for finding the expert peer reviewers in the varied subspecialties. My special thanks go to the dedicated peer reviewers for their contribution in enhancing the international reputation of this journal with its world wide appeal. I am extremely grateful to the BAC for giving me this opportunity and also being inspirational in establishing a team of dedicated pathologists and technologists on the editorial board working together.

Time has come for me to hand over the baton and introduce our new Editor-In-Chief"

Professor Michael Sheaff will be taking on the role of Editor in Chief of Cytopathology from 1st January 2017.

Mike is currently the lead clinician for Cytology at Barts Health and has been a Consultant Pathologist there since 1997. He has co-written a textbook Cytopathology: An Introduction (Springer, Berlin 2013) with his colleague Dr Naveena Singh.

Mike says, ‘I am extremely excited about the challenge and opportunity of becoming Editor of Cytopathology. It is a journal I have been reading for many years and have used to keep up to date and enhance my cytology knowledge. I am looking forward to publishing state of the art practical articles and ground breaking new science. These will inform future Cytology practice and enhance the close working relationship between research and diagnostics. I thank Mina and her editorial team for all their hard work over the past 2 years raising the Impact Factor of Cytopathology and making it the superb journal it is today. I will take up the reins with enthusiasm and together with the new editorial team endeavour to make Cytopathology even better and fulfil its potential as the world’s best Cytology journal. We will be very willing to receive all submissions that members of the BAC offer us and welcome all suggestions the readership may have for the journal’s growth and development.

The BAC are grateful to Mina and her Editorial Team as well as the team at Wiley involved with the production of the journal for all their hard work over the last two years.  We wish Michael all the best for the future in this role and look forward to yet more success for Cytopathology.


  1. M. Desai Cytopathology: a new approach. Cytopathology 2015: 26:3