Stay current with Read by QxMD

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 58, No. 4, May 2016, Page 233 College Library

It is nearly impossible to keep up with the volume of medical literature published in your areas of interest and expertise without some help. Read by QxMD is part of the College Library’s growing collection of apps that support evidence-based clinical practice, and it provides a single easy-to-use interface that allows you to stay current in your personal and professional areas of interest.

Created in Vancouver and designed by a physician, Read by QxMD is available for both iOS and Android. Download the app and create your own personalized medical journal. Select journal titles of interest or choose by preselected subject areas to create a customized feed of the latest publications.

Read by QxMD is integrated with the College Library’s journal subscriptions, providing full-text access to articles from more than 2500 journal titles. Most articles are available in pdf format with a single tap. If your desired article is not from a journal to which the library subscribes, you will receive a message stating “Your library doesn’t subscribe to this paper” and offering a “Request a copy” button. Select “Request a copy” and the library will source the article and send it to you via e-mail as soon as possible. Be sure to include your preferred contact information.

If you have further questions or require support for Read by QxMD, contact the College Library: e-mail or call 604 733-6671.
—Paula Osachoff


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.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. Stay current with Read by QxMD. BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 4, May, 2016, Page(s) 233 - 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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