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E-journals – what’s new in the library

15 Feb 2019

Susan Isaac

E-journals 1: phone and booksEvery year we review and add new resources to the library collections and we’re constantly working to balance your needs with the budget. In 2019, you have access to 1138 online journals via your RCS membership.

Journals with impact

Academic journal impact factors are a measure reflecting the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. Your RCS membership gives you access to 81 of top 100 most-cited surgical journals and 44 of the top 100 dental journals.

However, sometimes titles are not available electronically to us at all (owing to restrictions placed by their providers), or there is barrier in cost or publisher license restrictions on usage that we cannot accept.

We read the comments you made in recent our survey on the impact of online resources. We’re delighted to share our news about the new journal titles that are now available to you. Your feedback helped us do this.

You said, we did: new in 2019

We asked you for any comments on existing library e-resources and services. You said:

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We listened. Your RCS log-in now gives you full online access to current and past issues of these titles, including the latest issues of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American), previously only available to us in print:

JBJS (Am)Journal of Orthopaedic TraumaCMGH

  • Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume
  • JBJS Case Connector
  • JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques
  • JBJS Open Access
  • JBJS Reviews
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care
  • OTA International
  • Addictive Behaviors Reports
  • Advances in Cosmetic Surgery
  • Advances in Molecular Pathology
  • Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications
  • European Journal of Radiology Open
  • Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism
  • Preventive Medicine Reports

Search for these journal titles in SurgiCat+ (the Library catalogue) or use the Journal Finder. For further help please see our login guide.

New in 2018, the Wiley Medicine and Nursing journal collection

In 2018 we expanded our Wiley journal coverage from 34 individually-subscribed titles to the full Medicine & Nursing collection of 550 medical science (72 nursing and midwifery, 36 dentistry) peer-reviewed journals from 1997 to the current day. Once you’ve logged into the RCS website, they are available via the Wiley Online Library.

BJSJournal of Cardiac SurgeryJournal of Advanced Nursing

Available titles include:

  • British Journal of Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Journal of Cardiac Surgery
  • European Journal of Pain
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing and many more

Purchasing this collection improved our coverage of journal titles across a broader range of topics related to surgery, such as anaesthesia and imaging. It also strengthened the collection in areas such as pharmacology and psychology. The Wiley Medicine & Nursing journal collection will support the interests of the wider surgical team and our new Associate members.

Search for specific titles using SurgiCat+ or the Journal Finder. Alternatively you can download a full list of Wiley Nursing and Medical Collection titles.



Our clinical insight engine ClinicalKey goes from strength to strength, now allowing access to 685 e-journals and 1054 e-books, as well as 17,000 medical and surgical videos and millions of images that you can use for teaching and making presentations. Log in and customise your profile for a way to track your most useful resources.

How to access online journals

HelpOur e-resources are made available by third-party providers who require authentication processes to ensure access is only available to those institutions which have subscribed to them. We’ve worked to make it as simple as possible but not everything is under our control.

The first step to accessing RCS e-resources is to log into the RCS website.

  1. Click on the Login button at the top right of the screen and type in your email address followed by your password.
  2. If you’ve forgotten your password, just click on the reset password link.
  3. We always recommend logging in to the College website first, then visiting the required journal.

Some sites may not check your login session when you first access them and will assume you are not authorised. You can usually prompt them to check by clicking on OpenAthens or selecting the College from a list of institutions – you can find illustrated help specific to each provider at our help pages.

If you do encounter a problem accessing anything, please remember that you can email us at A member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. Occasionally, publisher platforms change or suffer outages and we will be able to check this and report problems to the relevant parties for resolution.

Susan Isaac, Information Services Manager

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