Focus and Scope

The Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal de l’Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (JCHLA / JABSC), formerly known as Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana (BMC), is a triannual publication dedicated to providing a voice for issues and interests shared by Canadian health science librarians and health libraries. Submissions on a wide range of topics will be considered.

Peer Review Process

Refereed content is typically reviewed by two peer reviewers in a double-blind review. Reviewers should have some familiarity/expertise with the topic of the article being reviewed. Reviewers will be asked to return their comments within 2-3 weeks of receiving the review. Evaluations should address such criteria as originality and currency of the topic, quality of the writing, appropriateness of methods and analysis, and presence of errors in the manuscript. Calls for peer reviewers will be sent out regularly over the CANMEDLIB listserv.

Publication Frequency

JCHLA is published three times a year in April, August, and December. Submissions will be accepted throughout the year, but need to be submitted at least four months in advance of the next issue's release to be considered for publication in that issue:

  • Submit by April 1 for publication in the August issue
  • Submit by August 1 for publication in the December issue
  • Submit by December 1 for publication in the April issue

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.  There are no fees associated with submitting to, or publishing in, JCHLA/JABSC.

Publication Ethics Policy

Please refer to the ICMJE’s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals for best practices around publication ethics.


The Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association is abstracted and indexed in the following databases:

CINAHL:  Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature  

LISA:  Library and Information Science Abstracts  

Web of Science as part of the Emerging Sources Citation Index 

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  

Journal History

Formerly Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana (BMC), JCHLA is a triannual, electronic publication, starting with Volume 25, Issue 1, 2004. As of May 2006, the JCHLA became an open access journal. Peer-reviewed content began to be published in 2008.