All British Columbia Medical Journal (BCMJ) authors must read and complete sections (1) authorship, (2) copyright, (3) disclosure of financial and other interests, and (4) artificial intelligence (AI)–assisted technology and agree to the statement at the end of this form.
If the manuscript is of a clinical/scientific nature, authors must also complete section (5) checklists.
If the manuscript is a case report or if an individual patient is described, written patient consent must also be obtained on the Patient Consent Form.
1. Certification of authorship
All persons who qualify for authorship must complete this section.
An author, according to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, is someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a manuscript.
To be listed as an author in the BCMJ, the following four conditions must be met:
- Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
- Drafting the manuscript or reviewing it critically for important intellectual content; and
- Final approval of the version to be published; and
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Each author must have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Individuals who do not meet all the criteria should be listed in an acknowledgments section in the manuscript as contributors. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship. All contributors must complete a Permission to appear in acknowledgments form.
The copyright for manuscripts published in the BCMJ from January 2022 onward is held by the manuscript’s author(s) and/or their institution. Authors agree that their manuscript will be published in the BCMJ in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.
This means that authors and any noncommercial users may share, copy, and redistribute the material in any format as long as they adhere to the following criteria:
- Attribution: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
- Noncommercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
- No derivatives: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.
- No additional restrictions: You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Any use of materials from the BCMJ must include full bibliographic citations, including journal name, author(s), article title, year, volume, page numbers.
In the past 36 months, have you accepted any of the following related to the content of your manuscript? “Related” means any relation with for-profit or not-for-profit third parties whose interests may be affected by the content of the manuscript. Disclosure represents a commitment to transparency and does not necessarily indicate a bias. If you are in doubt about whether to list a relationship/activity/interest, it is preferable that you do so. Please give details in the space provided.
4. Artificial Intelligence (AI)–Assisted Technology
If yes: Please describe how in the acknowledgment section of the manuscript.
When submitting a clinical/scientific manuscript, authors must attest that they have followed and completed the applicable checklist of information to include. Links to checklists are provided below.