Editors' Tips

Journal assignments 

• Tailoring your journal preferences:

  • The editors match the journal you have been assigned to your preferences on the profile listed on the website. If you change your area of interest or specialization, please update your profile preferences ahead of the next issue.
  • You may be assigned to the same or different journal on each round.

• Journal access:

  • The journals selected should be widely available using your university or hospital library. Unfortunately, we are unable to email you the full text articles of the journals but please let us know if you are having any difficulty accessing the journal you were assigned to.


Choosing the articles

• Bestbits.ca is an educational initiative and selection of key articles from the literature is an important skill for keeping up to date while alongside one’s clinical practice.

• Article selection:

  • We have given you general criteria for selection listed on the website and the rest is up to you to find us interesting, high impact and novel articles for our community!
  • Journal reviewers did a great job in the first round and reading through our issues will help you see the type of articles that we have included.

• We are here to provide support for you!

  • If you are not sure which articles to select, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • We are also have a virtual BestBits Drop-in session with the editors so you can ask us about journal article selection.


Writing the summaries

• BestBits Summaries are concise details of the journal article with your interpretation of the relevance and impact of the article.

  • Intro, description, results: should be brief with the most important information readers would need to know to understand why the articles is important, how the study was conducted and the most significant results. There is a link to the abstract so readers can go find more details if they are interested.
  • Limitations: try to include a few comments on limitations that you have found using a critical appraisal approach just as you would in a journal club. Links to critical appraisal resources are available on the website.
  • The bottom line: is very important: this is where you tell us the main conclusion and how the article will impact our practice, its relevance to the field in context of other studies and/or next stages of development. We have assigned you a journal based on your interests and we really want to know your thoughts on the article (which may or may not be aligned with the authors’ conclusions). Brief and punchy please!

• *We highly recommend that you safe a draft of your summary in Word and then paste it into the structured form.*

  • Although you can write and save your summary as you go along using the submissions form, it may time out when it becomes inactive and the draft is not recoverable until it has been submitted to us.
  • If you are unsure if the article has successfully been submitted or you need any technical assistance contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Recording your journal reading and participation

• Please complete the “Journal review self-report and feedback form” after completing your assignment. This is for everyone and the link is on the submissions page.

  • This will allow us to record the time you spent reading journals (so that you can self-report for your CME), and which articles are reviewed whether or not you submit a summary.
  • Please note: if you don’t complete this form, we will not know if you have done the assignment and you will receive an email that your assignment is overdue!
  • - Your feedback is essential to help improve and streamline our initiative.