Participating in a journal club can be a great way of staying connected with colleagues. However, finding high-quality articles to discuss can be time-consuming. That’s where the College Library can help. Literature searches can be done on a one-time or ongoing basis, as needed. For topics of ongoing interest, there are two options: for specific topics (e.g., management of a particular disorder), a monthly automated search may be useful; for general topics (e.g., family practice in Canada or hospital medicine), the Library offers a table of contents service—an email is sent whenever a new issue of a selected relevant journal is available. Either service may be canceled at any time.
One-time literature searches are always available to College registrants. For best results, mention that it is for a journal club. Literature searches for other purposes are also welcome.
Registrants may use the Make a Request form on the Library’s website (www.cpsbc.ca/registrants/library/make-request) or email email@example.com with the request. Along with the topic, be sure to indicate the type of search you prefer: a one-time literature search, a monthly automated literature search, or the table of contents service. If you’re not sure which option would be best, indicate that and Library staff may be able to make suggestions after seeing the topic.
This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.
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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 www.icmje.org