EvidenceAlerts helps identify newsworthy clinical articles

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 61, No. 7, September 2019, Page 281 College Library

With so many clinical articles published every week, it can be challenging to narrow them down to those that provide new and relevant information for clinical practice. 

EvidenceAlerts is an email service created collaboratively between the Health Information Research Unit at McMaster University and DynaMedPlus. When you sign up for a free account, you can choose to receive notifications about new articles (vetted by practising physicians) from over 100 high-impact journals and evidence-based sources. After selecting your preferred disciplines, email frequency, level of relevance, article-subject age group, and newsworthiness settings, an estimate of the number of articles you would receive per month is displayed. 

College registrants with Library services may wish to set their account to link to full-text articles available through the College Library’s subscriptions. If an article is not available, a form is displayed that will send an article request to the College Library. Alternatively, you may forward the EvidenceAlerts email to medlib@cpsbc.ca and indicate which of the listed articles you would like us to obtain for you. 

For instructions on setting up an account with full-text access, please consult our user guide at www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/EvidenceAlerts-User-Guide.pdf or contact the Library for further assistance at medlib@cpsbc.ca
—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This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.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. EvidenceAlerts helps identify newsworthy clinical articles. BCMJ, Vol. 61, No. 7, September, 2019, Page(s) 281 - College Library.

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.

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  • 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 www.icmje.org

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