Keep current and carry on

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 61, No. 5, June 2019, Page 218 College Library

Keeping up-to-date with your reading and research is a challenge at the best of times. The College Library provides both self-serve and full-service ways to access the articles you want. Self-serve options start with online access to more than 6000 journals. Search by title from the Library’s Books and Journals web page ( or use the teal buttons or full-text links that appear in your database search or in the list of articles sent to you in a literature search.

Another self-serve option is the Read by QxMD app. Use this mobile app to create a feed of the most recent articles from influential evidence-based journals or follow specific journals by title. Full-text articles are only a click away, and for titles not available through the College Library’s subscriptions there is an in-app order form. Visit the Apps and Audiovisual web page ( for instructions on how to access the Read by QxMD app.

In addition to content from the College Library’s subscribed journals, we are able to access a variety of no-cost, copyright-compliant sources on your behalf. Most articles can be sent to you in 1 working day from when you place an order. College registrants may place article requests, general requests, and literature search requests by filling out an order form through the Make a Request web page (

The Library also provides a table of contents service to help you keep current. Contact the Library at to provide us with a list of titles or to discuss the many ways we can help you keep up with the current literature.
—Paula Osachoff, Librarian


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Paula Osachoff. Keep current and carry on. BCMJ, Vol. 61, No. 5, June, 2019, Page(s) 218 - 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.

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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