Taylor & Francis Medical Library – free journals trial

We now have a 2 month trial of over 200 peer-reviewed academic journals from Taylor and Francis, ending 31st March.

For more information on titles available, access routes and how you can feedback your views on the collection, see our Resource trial page: http://library.sgul.ac.uk/resources/resource-trials

Library ♥ Pharmacy

library loves pharmacy bannerThis month our popular Library Loves series returns highlighting Pharmacy and Pharmacology resources available through St George’s Library.

Reference, Summaries & Point of Care resources
Regulatory Agencies
Societies & Professional Associations


The following websites form a comprehensive selection of online resources providing guidance, information and support on the use of medicines; along with news and analysis on topics relevant to pharmacy and pharmacology.

NICE Medicines and Prescribing
A comprehensive suite of guidance, advice and support for the delivery of quality, safety and efficiency in the use of medicines.

Chemist + Druggist
Featuring the latest UK community pharmacy news Chemist + Druggist is a weekly magazine containing news on clinical and business issues, alongside articles and training courses to assist pharmacists with their CPD.

electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
the eMC contains up-to-date, easily accessible information about medicines licenced for use in the UK. With over 10,600 documents, all of which have been checked and approved by either the UK or European government agencies which licence medicines.

RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs.

Specialist Pharmacy Service
Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS) aim to be “The first stop for professional medicines advice” SPS brings together expertise from Medicines Use and Safety, Procurement, Quality Assurance, Technical Services and UKMi. Delivered by senior pharmacy professionals and with a focus on hospital care, Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS), underpin the safe, effective and efficient use of medicines across the country.

Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is freely available and consists of several databases supporting evidence-based medicine.

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These journals comprise a list of ‘key titles’ for pharmacists and pharmacologists which the Library recommends for those wanting to keep up to date in this field.

All titles are available through the library. Staff and students of St Georges, University of London can access the Journals via the St George’s Library Journals A-Z list: accessing titles offsite will require you to enter in your SGUL username and password.

NHS staff can access these titles via the NICE Journals A-Z search using their OpenAthens account details.

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
The DTB provides rigorous and independent evaluations of, and practical advice on, individual treatments and the overall management of disease for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Published monthly by the BMJ the journal aims to provide informed and unbiased information on medical conditions, medicines and other treatments to enable readers to make informed choices and ensure patients get the best care.

British Journal of Pharmacology
The BJP gives leading international coverage of all aspects of experimental pharmacology.

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics is an international journal concerned with the effects of drugs on the human gastrointestinal and hepato-biliary systems, particularly with relevance to clinical practice.

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Published on behalf of the British Pharmacological Society, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology contains papers and reports, research and review articles on all aspects of drug action in humans.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC) features interdisciplinary studies that build an understanding of the underlying mechanisms and therapeutic applications of antimicrobial and antiparasitic agents and chemotherapy.

Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry is an international and multidisciplinary journal which aims to ensure the rapid publication of authoritative reviews and research papers dealing with experimental and clinical aspects of neuro-psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry.

European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
The European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology publishes original papers, short communications, and letters to the editors on all aspects of clinical pharmacology and drug therapy in humans. Coverage includes therapeutic trials; pharmacokinetics; drug metabolism; adverse drug reactions; drug interactions; all aspects of drug development; prescribing policies; pharmacoepidemiology; and matters relating to the safe use of drugs.

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (CPT) is a cross-disciplinary journal in experimental and clinical medicine devoted to publishing advances in the nature, action, efficacy, and evaluation of therapeutics.

Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Pharmacology & Therapeutics presents clear, critical and authoritative reviews of currently important topics in pharmacology.

Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences is a monthly review journal focusing on pharmacology and toxicology.

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy is a journal of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and is among the foremost international journals in antimicrobial research.

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These databases contain relevant articles and papers for those interested in pharmacological research. The Library provides access to the EMBASE and MEDLINE databases for SGUL staff and students and NHS staff.

SGUL staff and students should follow the relevant links from the database entry on the A-Z database list, offsite access will require an SGUL username and password.

NHS staff will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access these databases using the updated Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) platform.

ChemIDplus is freely available and does not require a login.

The EMBASE database covers biomedicine and pharmacology; particularly strong in the areas of drugs, toxicology and psychiatry; indexing over 3,500 international journals.

Medline is a general medical database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The database contains millions of citations, derived from thousands of biomedical and life science journals.

ChemIDplus contains over 400,000 chemical records. More than 300,000 of those records include chemical structures. ChemIDplus allows you to search by name/synonym, physical properties or toxicity in order to identify chemical substances.

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References, Summaries and Point of Care resources

British National Formulary (BNF)
The BNF provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information about the use of medicines. Covering medicines generally prescribed in the UK, the BNF includes key information on the selection, prescribing, dispensing, and administration of medicines. Updated twice a year the BNF is available in print or online on MedicinesComplete or NHS Evidence.

British National Formulary for Children (BNFc)
Like the BNF the BNF for Children aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information on the use of medicines for treating children.

Both the BNF and the BNFc are available as iOS and Android Apps; you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the content. More information can be found at the NICE apps for smartphones and tablets page.

Medicines Information Services
Information on any aspect of drug therapy can be obtained from Regional and District Medicines Information Services.
St George’s pharmacy department
Lanesborough Wing, 020 8725 1765

DynaMed Plus
An evidence-based knowledge system that helps healthcare staff make the right decisions at the point of care. It covers over 3,400 clinical topics, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information. Access via NHS Open Athens, the trust intranet, or download the mobile app, for information on the go.

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Regulatory Agencies

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK. MHRA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health. Recognised globally as an authority in its field, the agency plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health.

European Medicines Agency
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU. The EMA supports scientific excellence in the evaluation and supervision of medicines ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality.

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Societies & Professional Associations

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
(ABPI) represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies; companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
The RPS is the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain and an internationally renowned publisher of medicines information.

The British Pharmaceutical Society
The British Pharmacological Society is a charity with a mission to promote and advance the whole spectrum of pharmacology. The Society leads the way in the research and application of pharmacology around the world.

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global body representing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Through 139 national organisations, academic institutional members and individual members, FIP represent over three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
The GPhC is the body responsible for the independent regulation of the pharmacy profession within England, Scotland and Wales. Responsible for the regulation of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises.

British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA)
The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association is the official student organisation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society; founded in 1942 it is the only national body that solely represents pharmacy students and pre-registration trainee pharmacists.

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Further Information

For help in viewing or downloading online journals, or accessing databases pop along to the Research Enquiries Desk in the Quiet Study Area of the Library, Mon-Fri 11am-4pm.

If you are an NHS user and are having problems with your OpenAthens account, please contact your OpenAthens administrator Zena Ali at zali@sgul.ac.uk or 020 8725 5433.

Information on accessing and using some of these resources can be found on the Library website help page.

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New journals for NHS staff – MAHcomplete

After purchasing over 800 new journals through Wiley at the start of the summer, we have extended our journal access for NHS staff even further. We’ve added over 30 titles on topics such as Midwifery, Nursing, Paramedic Practice and Healthcare Management through the Mark Allen Healthcare Complete collection. Some of the key titles include:

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  • British Journal of Hospital Medicine
  • British Journal of Midwifery
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • International Journal of Palliative Nursing
  • International Paramedic Practice
  • Journal of Wound Care
  • Nurse Prescribing

You can search for journal titles using the NHS A-Z Journals List. Make sure you sign in with your OpenAthens login at the top right hand corner of the page. This will ensure that you see our full subscription access.

If you need support with your OpenAthens account then contact Cathryn Peppard on cpeppard@sgul.ac.uk

For training or if you have any questions about access to e-journals please contact Karen John-Pierre on kjohn@sgul.ac.uk

For more information on resources available to NHS staff, please see our dedicated library page – http://library.sgul.ac.uk/nhs-staff

*Resolved* Issues with offsite access to Sage journals

This issue has now been resolved.

We are currently experiencing problems with offsite (Shibboleth) access to Sage journals. Sage are working on resolving the issues as soon as possible; apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Access to Sage journals onsite is working as normal.

If you do have any problems or questions, please email:  journals@sgul.ac.uk

Access to Science Translational Medicine is now available through the Library


ScienceTranslationalMedicine_Poster-page-0Science Translational Medicine focuses on bringing the latest scientific advances from the bench to the bedside. Despite a growing understanding of human biology, utilizing these discoveries to close gaps in medical knowledge has progressed slowly. Science Translational Medicine aims to publish discoveries capable of generating innovative ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.

To  browse our list of journal subscriptions see our Journals A-Z  list.

Cambridge University Press Journals Digital Archive – now available

We now have access to the Cambridge University Press journals digital archive.
Coverage starts from 1827 to 1997 and includes 93 titles within science, technology and medicine. Some of our popular Cambridge titles include:

  •  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy – now available from 1975
  •  British Journal of Nutrition – now available from 1947
  •  Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics – now available from 1992
  •  Development and Psychopathology – now available from 1989
  •  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine – now available from 1985
  •  Proceedings of the Nutrition Society – now available from 1944
  •  Psychological Medicine – now available from 1970
  •  Public Health Nutrition – now available from 1998                        

All of the above content is now available via our e-journals A-Z list and Hunter

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For further help with journals please email: journals@sgul.ac.uk

Problems with offsite access to Nature e-journals via Firefox

Nature are currently experiencing some technical problems with the Institutional login option via Firefox.
They are aware of the problem and hope to get a fix soon.

In the meantime, if you are having trouble logging in to Nature journals – please try via Internet Explorer instead.

For further help please email:  Journals@sgul.ac.uk

E-journal/ SFX maintenance on Sunday 10 Nov 9-10am

SFX will be carrying out important maintenance on

Sunday 10 November from 9am to 10am.

During this period access to SGUL e-journals via SFX will be limited.
The E-journals A-Z list and SFX linking to e-journal articles via Hunter, OvidSP, EBSCOhost, Web of Science, PubMed etc.may be unavailable during this time.

Full E-journal access should resume after 10am.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


New e-journal content available – Informa titles

Archive (pre-1997) content is now available for the following Informa titles:

  • Disability & Rehabilitation
  • Journal of interprofessional care
  • Journal of obstetrics & gynaecology
  • Medical Teacher
  • Physiotherapy: theory & practice

You can access them through the e-journals A-Z list or via Hunter.

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Informa content is now also available on your mobile device. Details on how to log in are available here.

The Informa titles we have access to are:

  • Advances in physiotherapy
  • Disability and rehabilitation
  • Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology
  • European journal of physiotherapy
  • Journal of interprofessional care
  • Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Medical teacher
  • Physiotherapy theory and practice
  • Prehospital Emergency Care
  • Prosthetics and orthotics international

N.B. Access to the mobile service only lasts for 30 days, so users will need to re-register (from onsite) every 30 days to access.