Canadian, eh? Reply from the BCMJ

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 56 , No. 10 , December 2014 , Pages 476 Letters

The BC Medical Journal follows a style that is a combination of the styles described in the AMA Manual of Style, the Chicago Manual of StyleEditing Canadian English, the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate DictionaryStedman’s Medical Dictionary, and Citing Medicine, along with exceptions that are specific to the journal. For example, re words (centre, litre, etc.) follow the British spelling pattern. The journal’s style has developed over time and includes conventions followed by many medical publications in North America. Thank you for your interest in this proudly Canadian publication and for accepting our un-Canadian contrarian streak when it comes to spelling choices.  
—ED

. Canadian, eh? Reply from the BCMJ. BCMJ, Vol. 56, No. 10, December, 2014, Page(s) 476 - Letters.



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

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

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