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Celebrating 40 years of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

“The knowledge of the capabilities of antibiotics is still essential to control infections which nowadays are more complex and often occur in patients whose defences are compromised by other forms of medical and surgical treatment” wrote Professor J. D. Williams in his first Editorial in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (JAC) in 1975. As scientists continue to warn of a future without antibiotics, this statement is as relevant today as it was then.

Published on behalf of The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the JAC features articles that further knowledge and advance the science and application of antimicrobial chemotherapy with antibiotics and antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal agents. The Journal publishes primarily in human medicine, and articles in veterinary medicine likely to have an impact on global health. As declared in Professor Williams’ first Editorial, the Journal’s mission was to publish “data from the broad spectrum of disciplines which are involved in the use and development of antibiotics and related agents.” Over the coming year the Journal will reflect on, and celebrate, its contribution to the field as a whole.

We have created an interactive timeline for you to explore highlights from the past 40 years of the JAC, from highly cited articles to key milestones in the history of the Journal. We look forward to the next four decades and beyond.

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