British Bryological Society

About the Cumulative Index of Publications 1896 - 2020
Version 17.1
(14 Feb 2021)

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HISTORY: This idea for an Index came about in 1988 at the suggestions of the late Professor Paul Richards and late Dr Eustace Jones and I am very grateful to them for their advice when commencing the project. A number of other members of the Society have since provided me with help and encouragement including Gordon Rothero, Tom Blockeel, Len Ellis, Jeff Duckett, Liz Kungu and David Long and I wish to place on record my thanks to all of them. I also wish to thank Ian Atherton who provided me with a copy of the index used in the Field Guide (2010) as this saved me a lot of time since I did not have to enter all the many new species names which were a feature of the Guide. Likewise I am grateful to Dr Chris Preston for providing me with the indices to Atlas of British & Irish Bryophytes, vols 1 and 2, 2014. I am grateful to Paul Reade for carefully scrutinising M.E.C. Reports in 2013 and so providing me with the likely, rather than presumed, publication years.

The section AllRefs contains all the cited references extracted from the Transactions and Journal of Bryology andis provided by kind permission of the Council of British Bryology Society and its publisher Taylor & Francis.

I recognise and include in AllRefs the regular lists of New Publications published in the Journal of Bryology, these include the late Dr Eric Watson, Prof. Jeff Duckett, Dr Giles Cllarke, Mr Len Ellis and Dr Angela Newton.

I am grateful to Mrs Jean Paton for agreeing to allow me to include her Census Catalogue of British Hepatics (4th Edition), 1965.

In particular I am grateful to the late Roy Perry († 2014) at National Museum of Wales in Cardiff who provided counsel on points concerning format and bryology as well as generously giving advice based on his unrivalled knowledge of the BBS and M.E.C.

Work on the Index was started in 1988 with a view to providing Members of the Society with a printed copy, however the rising costs of printing became a major concern and when PDF format became available on the Internet this method of publication was chosen as it has the added advantage that it can be corrected, edited and updated as necessary.

During the early work on the Index, it was often necessary to refer back to previously indexed publications, and it soon became obvious that a series of lists of the Society's publications with their pagination would be a great help. These are included on the site together with a list of Presidents and Secretaries.

The Society was founded in 1896 as the Moss Exchange Club (M.E.C.) and in 1923 became the British Bryological Society (BBS). This Index includes all of its publications from 1896 until present date. Some ephemera such as printed pages of Desiderata lists (M.E.C.) have been seen but have not been included.

SOFTWARE USED: The bibliographic reference Windows database ProCite (PC, Versions 3, 4 & 5.0), {www.procite.com} was used from 1989 until end of 2011. Each database record contains a single citation. The practical advantage of this is that it is easy to switch between alphabetic sequence of citation and the sequence by journal volume and page.

At the beginning of 2012, the database was revised to include diacritical (umluats, acute accents etc.) characters which were not posible in include ProCite but was with the switch to EndNote version X5 and later.

In 2015 EndNote version 7 was used and version 8 from 2017 onwards.

At the bginning of 2021 (version 17.1) it became apparent that the Word and PDF file sizes of the databases were becoming too big to be loaded, searched and generally handled by a standard PC -- the Cumulatiove Index of 65k citations was some 1600 A4 pages when printed in Arial 10 pt.

So in 2021, version 17.1, the database format was changed and presented as an Excel file but the text was changed to plain by removing italic and bold attributes. This now allows the loading and searching to be made much faster. ALso, importantly searching for 2 words in one citation became possible.

 

 

STYLE and FORMAT of the Index has followed those used in the Transactions. Thus as well as citing single words or short phrases, all papers are cited by their full title and again (at least) by the author's(s') name(s). Where there are two or more authors, the second and subsequent authors are cited and referred back to the first mentioned author. Please note that page and volume numbers less than 100 are preceded by one or two zeros. This has been done to facilitate sorting by the software.

ABBREVIATIONS have been used for names of journal etc. and the can be found HERE

CITATIONS in the Index are sorted by the software so there are inevitably some sequences which the bryologist will find rather odd, for example, “Sphagnum, cell devopment” appears between Sphagnum capillifolium and Sphagnum christatum. No attempt has been made to rectify this.

GROUPS of topics. Citations of a like nature have been grouped togther, e.g. FLORAS contains floras, checklists, lists of species found in certain locations;

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC has been used since 2019 to generate the PDF (Acrobat) files. Using "Find" within the Acrobat file can be made in the conventional way to find specific words.

ERRORS: Inevitably there will be typographical errors, corrections required as well as omissions. I will be pleased to learn about them by email to Philip Stanley: bbsindex at Lumiweb . com .

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