New BCMJ article types

The BCMJ is introducing two new article types, and we need your participation!

BC Stories: Have you heard the story about the cardiologist who came across a cougar while fly-fishing in Bella Coola? Or the pediatrician who drove from White Rock to Whitehorse to meet the brother she had been separated from at birth? No? Well, neither have we. But we want to!

Share a personal story, unrelated to practising medicine, whether funny, topical, sad, perplexing, or just an FYI, including the arts, humanities, BC travel, sports, or anything else that you are passionate about. Stories should be written in a personal, narrative voice with a focus on British Columbia (1000–2000 words). Include high-resolution photos or other images when possible.

Clinical Images: Submit an image with a case description or image description (200–300 words) and a maximum of five references. Images must be high resolution and include the Patient Consent Form from

Email your submissions to, and look for your colleagues’ work in future issues.


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. New BCMJ article types. BCMJ, Vol. 65, No. 1, January, February, 2023, Page(s) - News.

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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