The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) recognized the absence of a scientific publication dedicated to eye banking and corneal transplantation. To address this gap, EBAA assumed management of the
International Journal of Eye Banking (IJEB) in 2015. IJEB published numerous topics including original research, the proceedings of the EBAA scientific sessions, and essentials of eye banking data and guidelines, including the medical standards and updates.
Just as corneal transplantation has undergone a revolution over the last two decades, from largely penetrating keratoplasty to endothelial keratoplasty, the scientific literature has flourished to explore the new world of endothelial keratoplasty, ranging from tissue preparation, storage media, insertion devices, and surgical techniques. Of course, Rho-kinase inhibitors, cell culture studies, eye banking beyond the cornea, and more novel topics are also being studied. With the breadth and volume of questions being asked and answered, IJEB has transitioned to its 2.0 stage as
Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation (EBCT).
EBCT is sponsored by EBAA and published by Wolters Kluwer. It will be able to receive papers that are transferred directly from
Cornea at the Editors' suggestion (and the authors' consent to the transfer) and can receive new papers directly through the Journal's website,
Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation will undergo a rigorous peer review process and accepted papers will be published in quarterly online-only issues.
I am excited for the September launch of the Journal and opening of the website to receive submissions, and I am eagerly looking forward to the publication of our first issue in December 2022.
On behalf of our esteemed Associate Editors, Beverly Forsyth, MD, Joshua Hou, MD, and David Ritterband, MD, as well as our distinguished editorial board, I welcome you to visit our website, and I strongly encourage you to consider submitting your next papers to
Michelle K. Rhee, MD