Thank you, and a helping . . . email?

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 62, No. 5, June 2020, Page 174 College Library COVID-19

Thank you to everyone for all you’re doing in this unusual situation. Normally the College Library would extend a helping hand, but even though we washed it for over 20 seconds, maybe we can offer a helping email instead?

For doctors on the front lines: if you need information, we’re here for you. We’ve been answering many questions related to COVID-19 and know how challenging it is to find information on an emerging disease. The College Library has created a list of pandemic-related e-books for background information: You may enter requests for information on more specific topics on our literature search form:

For doctors continuing to provide care to patients with other disorders, our services are still available, with an emphasis on electronic delivery. We’ve been working on many non-COVID-19 questions, and we continue to provide access to quality resources such as point-of-care tools and apps in case you need quick, evidence-based clinical answers or information on the go.

Last, but definitely not least, we’ve been receiving questions about health care professionals’ mental health, and we can provide information about sources of support for you and your colleagues, such as

Hope that you and yours stay safe and well.
—Niki Baumann


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Niki Baumann. Thank you, and a helping . . . email?. BCMJ, Vol. 62, No. 5, June, 2020, Page(s) 174 - College Library, COVID-19.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.

For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

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