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/JABSC 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

  • Authorship for articles in this journal are based on substantial contribution to the work as well has an agreement to be accountable for all aspects of it; all authors will ensure the journal's Author Guidelines are respected and that the rights of any research participants are protected. Authors are not charged fees for submission or publication of manuscripts but are obliged to participate in a review process.
  • Conflicts of interest should be clearly identified in submissions and will be flagged in publication
  • Please refer to our Privacy Statement for matters concerning privacy and confidentiality for both authors and reviewers
  • We strive to ensure submissions are dealt with in a timely manner while ensuring a robust review process, and thank our authors and reviewers for assisting with that goal
  • The editorial team is the ultimate authority on the editorial content of the journal and will take reasonable steps to prevent publications where research misconduct has occurred, and to retract or correct publications as needed to address such issues. Editorial decisions are based on an assessment of the manuscript relative to the journal's scope and the manuscript's quality and contribution, and not on any commercial or personal agendas.

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


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

Journal History

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