Receive the latest high-quality evidence available in journal literature tailored to your specific subject areas through the alerting service offered by the College Library.
Receive the latest high-quality evidence available in journal literature tailored to your specific subject areas through the alerting service offered by the College Library. Let us know your areas of interest and College librarians will capture the evidence and send you the results on a monthly basis.
Another way to remain current is with the Library’s table of contents service. Select the journals you wish to follow and we will send you the new tables of contents from the publishers. This is available for any journal, not only the 2500 journals to which the library subscribes. If you find an article of interest, you may download it or we can send you a full-text PDF of almost any article.
A third available service is the free Read by QxMD app. Download this app to your iOS or Android device and select specific journals or choose from preselected subject areas to create a customized feed from the latest medical journals. The app is integrated with the College Library’s journal subscriptions, providing immediate access to full-text articles in our collection. If the app identifies an article of interest but does not locate the full text, contact the Library and we will source a copy through our interlibrary network and send it to you via e-mail as soon as possible.
Please contact the Library at 604 733-6671 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how the Library can assist you in remaining alert!
—Robert Melrose, 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This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.
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