Selecting an Article for Journal Club

Department of Pharmacology. Journal Club Tips. University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Hallas P. Choosing an interesting paper for a journal club. BMJ Careers. 2005.

Sawhney R. How to Prepare an Outstanding Journal Club Presentation. The Hematologist. 2006.

ACP Journal Club Once a bimonthly stand-alone journal, ACP Journal Club is now a monthly feature of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. ACP Journal Club summarizes the best new evidence for internal medicine from over 130 clinical journals. Research staff and clinical editors rigorously assess the scientific merit of the medical literature as it is published and a worldwide panel of over 5,000 physicians assesses the clinical relevance and newsworthiness of rigorous studies.

Cochrane Journal Club Cochrane Journal Club is a free, monthly publication, appropriate for trainees, researchers and clinicians, that introduces a recently published Cochrane Collaboration systematic review, with additional relevant background information, a podcast explaining the key points of the review, discussion questions, and downloadable PowerPoint slides with key figures and tables. The complete, full text, systematic reviews are available in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), licensed through EBSCO.

News Resources

APhA DrugInfoLine APhA DrugInfoLine publishes news on prescription drugs, OTCs, and dietary supplements, in addition to a medication monitor for new drug approvals, supplemental approvals, and product withdrawals. APhA DrugInfoLine (ISSN 2162-3015) is a weekly publication of, and is owned and copyrighted by, the American Pharmacists Association. Publishes interviews with authors of recently published studies that are drawing press attention.

Medscape's Latest Journal Articles Reprints selected journal articles from multiple clinical journals.

Physician's First Watch Founded in 1996, Physician's First Watch, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, issues news summaries on the "next small thing" in biomedical research.

PubMed Commons Journal Clubs At least twenty journal clubs in the United States and internationally have opted to be listed with PubMed Commons. Members may post public comments on PubMed records or on social media venues.

Presenting at Journal Club

Atzema C. Presenting at journal club: A guide. Ann Emerg Med. 2004;44(2):169-174. doi:10.1016/S0196064404003361.

Schwartz MD, Dowell D, Aperi J, Kalet A. Improving journal club presentations, or, I can present that paper in under 10 minutes. ACP J Club. 2007;147(1):A8-9.

Leading the Club’s Discussion

Newman T. Suggestions for Leading a Journal Club. University of California, San Francisco. 2007.

Sherry TW. Leading Discussion of a Scientific Journal Article. Tulane University - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Critically Appraising Literature - See the Evidence Based Medicine subject guide

Additional References
  1. Abate MA, Blommel ML. Remington Education: Drug Information and Literature Evaluation. 1st edition. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 2013. Available as an e-book through EBSCO.
  2. Alguire PC. A review of journal clubs in postgraduate medical education. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 1998;13(5):347-353. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1497.1998.00102.x.
  3. Blommel ML, Abate MA. A rubric to assess critical literature evaluation skills. Am J Pharm Educ. 2007;71(4):63.
  4. Currier RL, Schneider MR, Heubi JE. Taking Journal Clubs off Autopilot: A Case Study of Teaching Literature Evaluation Skills to Preclinical MD/PhD Students. Med Sci Educ. 2013;23(4):572-577. doi:10.1007/BF03341682.
  5. Deenadayalan Y, Grimmer-Somers K, Prior M, Kumar S. How to run an effective journal club: a systematic review. J Eval Clin Pract. 2008;14(5):898-911. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2753.2008.01050.x.
  6. Gonzalez LS. Referees make journal clubs fun. BMJ. 2003;326(7380):106.
  7. Linzer M. The journal club and medical education: over one hundred years of unrecorded history. Postgraduate Medical Journal. 1987;63(740):475-478. doi:10.1136/pgmj.63.740.475.
  8. Packard K, Herink M, Lenz TL. Comparison of traditional versus evidence-based journal club formats. Innovations in Pharmacy. 2011;2(1):1-14.
  9. Phillips RS. What makes evidence-based journal clubs succeed? Evidence-Based Medicine. 2004;9(2):36-37. doi:10.1136/ebm.9.2.36.
  10. Pitner ND, Fox CA, Riess ML. Implementing a successful journal club in an anesthesiology residency program. F1000Res. 2013;2:15. doi:10.12688/f1000research.2-15.v1.

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