Fake journals: think, check, submit!

Sometimes library members approach the library for advice about unsolicited e-mail messages asking for manuscripts, inviting the recipient to join a journal’s editorial board, or to submit and abstract or poster to a conference. How can one tell which are legitimate and which are from fake, so-called ‘predatory’ journals and conferences?

Fake journals have sprung up in the wake of the open access movement. Sometimes they can be easy to spot. Few established journals need to tout for manuscripts; further, e-mails and websites will contain spelling and grammatical errors, and over-effusive compliments to the author. Claims about peer review, editorial board membership and indexing may be misleading, or outright lies.

A campaign supported by leading publishers and open access organisations offers a list of checks would-be authors are advised to carry out before submitting, under the three headings, think, check, submit. Follow their checklists, or ask us, if you’re unsure about the bona fides of a journal or conference.


Wellcome Book Prize: 2018 short-list announced

The Wellcome Book Prize 2018 short-list was announced this morning, 20 March. They are:

Stay With Me
Adebayo, Ayobami
Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2017

The butchering art : Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine
Fitzharris, Lindsey
London: Allen Lane 2017

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With the end in mind: dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial
Mannix K
London: HarperCollins, 2017

To be a machine: adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death
O’Connell, Mark
London: Granta 2018

Mayhem: a memoir
Rausing, Sigrid
London: Hamish Hamilton 2017

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The vaccine race: how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses
Wadman M
London: Black Swan, 2018

Copies of  those illustrated, With the end in mind, and The vaccine race are already available in NHS libraries in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and may be ordered through our online catalogue. We have copies of the others on order, so you may borrow them from our libraries soon.

BMA book awards winners

The winners of the 2017 BMA book awards were announced yesterday evening at an event at BMA House on Monday 11 September 2017. Professor Sir John Temple, BMA President, was the guest of honour.

We have copies of many of the winning titles in stock, some as e-books, some as print.

BMA Student Textbook Award:


Hamilton Bailey’s Physical Signs: Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery, 19th Edition
by John SP Lumley, Anil K D’Cruz, Jamal J Hoballah and Carol EH Scott-Connor
Published by CRC Press, February 2016

Available in the libraries at the Royal Sussex County and Princess Royal Hospitals

BMA Illustrated Book Award:


Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine, 2 Volume Set, 7th Edition
by Paul Auerbach, Tracy Cushing and Stuart Harris.
Published by Elsevier Inc, October 2016

Available as an e-book with an NHS OpenAthens account.

BMA Young Authors Award:


The Unofficial Guide to Radiology: 100 Practice Chest X Rays with Full Colour Annotations and Full X Ray Reports
by Mohammed Rashid Akhtar MBBS BSc (Hons) FRCR (author), Na’eem Ahmed MBBS BSc (author), Nihad Khan MBBS BSc (author), Mark Rodrigues MBChB (Hons) BSc (Hons) FRCR (editor) and Zeshan Qureshi BM BSc (Hons) MSc MRCPCH (editor)
Published by Zeshan Qureshi Ltd, January 2017

Available in the library at the Royal Sussex County Hospital

BMA President’s Award (chosen by Professor Sir John Temple):


Fragile lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
by Professor Stephen Westaby
Published by HarperCollins, February 2017

Available in the libraries at the Royal Sussex County and Princess Royal Hospitals



Returning to Work in Anaesthesia: Back on the Circuit.
by Emma Plunkett, Emily Johnson and Anna Pierson.
Cambridge University Press, October 2016

Available in the library at the Royal Sussex County Hospital

Basic and clinical sciences


Human Anatomy, Color Atlas and Textbook, 6th Edition.
John A Gosling, Philip F Harris, John R Humpherson, Ian Whitmore and Peter T Willan Elsevier Ltd, April 2016.

Available as an e-book with an NHS OpenAthens account.



Oxford Textbook of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia
Edited by Masud Husain and Jonathan M Schott Oxford University Press, June 2016

Available as an e-book with an NHS OpenAthens account, and in print in the librar at the Royal Sussex County Hospital

Public Health

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Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance, 2nd Edition
Margaret Somerville, K Kumaran and Rob Anderson Wiley-Blackwell, August 2016

Available in the library at the Royal Sussex County Hospital



Callen’s Ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 6th Edition
Mary E Norton, Leslie M Scoutt and Vickie A Feldstein Elsevier September 2016

Available as an e-book with an NHS OpenAthens account



Flaps and Reconstructive Surgery, 2nd Edition
Fu-Chan Wei and Samir Mardini—Elsevier Inc, October 2016

Available as an e-book with an NHS OpenAthens account.

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Top tip: how do I find journal abbreviations?

When submitting journal articles or academic work, a frequent requirement is that the list of references should present journal titles in a standard abbreviated form. How can I find these abbreviations?

There’s a standard for these: ISO 4 (Information and documentation – Rules for the abbreviation of title words and titles of publications).

Usually, especially when Vancouver format  is specified, you will be expected to use the format for the National Library of Medicine’s Journals in NCBI Databases. These are the abbreviations used in PubMed and MEDLINE and can be looked up in the NLM Catalog

nlm example

If the journal isn’t in the NLM Catalog, there are other sources to check:

ISI abbreviations (which are used in Web of Science)

CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool (maintained by the American Chemical Society)

Finally, if you can’t find the journal whose title you want to abbreviate in any of these, then you can make your own according to ISO 4 principles, using the ISSN Centre’s List of Title Word Abbreviations.



EndNote X8 is here

EndNote, the reference management software package, is available for use on computers in all our libraries. We have upgraded to the latest version, X8.

EndNote allows you to collect, organise and export your references and is invauable for anyone writing essays, dissertations, theses or journal articles. If the Library and Knowledge Service’s expert searching team run an evidence search for you, they can supply references in a format you can import into EndNote, if you ask.

EndNote will work with Microsoft Word, so you can prepare a manuscript in Word, and import and format references in any one of over 6,000 citation styles.

EndNote also offer EndNote Basic, a free web-only service, which has most of the features of the desktop version, and will sync with the full version, so if you create an account, then changes you make when using the full version in the library will sync with the online version, which you can use anywhere.
If you need support in using the package, book onto our popular Using EndNote course.

Supporting #amilliondecisions

Using the hashtag #amilliondecisions, librarians are disseminating examples of the impact their work has on the things that matter to senior leaders in the NHS.

Here at BSUH our clinical librarians Igor Brbre and Tom Roper support a series of projects that contribute to high-level organisation objectives.

Accurate, up-to-date evidence of what works elsewhere is critical to the success of improvement projects, and Igor supports the Innovation Forum, a regular meeting at which any member of BSUH staff can bring forward ideas for improvement; ideas are then honed in discussion and information and support offered to take them forward.

Igor also sits on the Clinical Policy Steering Group, to bring the latest evidence to bear when policies and guidelines are updated, and the Product Selection Group, to help ensure that procurement decisions are evidence-based.

Tom supports the work of nineteen Workforce Transformation projects within the trust, providing external evidence and examples of good practice elsewhere, so our workforce planning can meet the challenges of the 3Ts project and demographic and social changes.

To learn more about how we support decision-making, see our Annual Report, or contact Ben Skinner, Head of Library and Knowledge Services.