Optometrist, academic and researcher Emeritus Professor Nathan Efron this month has officially taken over as editor of Clinical and Experimental Optometry, published by Optometry Australia, replacing Emeritus Professor Barry Collin, who retired in March after 24 years in the role.

Professor Efron will head the journal along with deputy editor Dr Maria Markoulli.

In the May issue, published online on 26 April, Professor Efron said the status of optometry as an independent profession required that it be underpinned by a thorough evidence base and demanded that a learned journal be retained as the centrepiece of its activities.

He plans to introduce “a slick new look for a modern, forward-looking journal”.

Although Professor Efron formally took over editorship this month, he has served as editor for the past six months, shadowing Professor Collin who was editor-in-chief, during the time he prepared for full editorial responsibility.