This past August you may have received an e-mail request to complete a short survey and to tell us what you would like to see in the BCMJ. We sent the survey to a random sample set of Doctors of BC members and asked them to provide feedback and be heard, and gave them the option to enter to win a prize. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey—we had an excellent response rate of 24%, spanning family physicians, specialists, and trainees (students and residents) of all ages, both community based and hospital based. Your feedback helps us shape the journal to be relevant for you, and we will be sharing more information about the survey results in upcoming issues.
In appreciation of your feedback we gave away two iPad Pros. Congratulations to our two winners, Dr Brenda Markland and Dr Karen Meathrel, who completed the survey and entered the draw.
If you did not receive the survey but would like to share your thoughts about the journal, send us your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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