British Bryological Society

About the Cumulative Index of Publications 1896 - 2017
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HISTORY: The 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 provided 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. 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 ALL REFS containing all the cited references I have extracted from the Transactions of BBS and Journal of Bryology is provided by kind permission of the Council of British Bryology Society and its publisher Taylor & Francis. I recognise the work of various BBS bibliographers over the years in providing regular lists of new publications, these include Eric Watson, Jeff Duckett, Giles Cllarke, Len Ellis, 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 the Census Catalogues section.

In particular I am grateful to my good friend the late Roy Perry 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. At the beginning of 2012, the database was converted to EndNote X5. 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 diacritic characters which were not usable in ProCite but became available with recent versions (X5 and later) of EndNote.

In 2015 EndNote version 7 was used and EndNote 8 from the beginning of 2017.

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 in the current version.

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;

MEETINGS are grouped by MeeingByDate, MeetingByLocation and MeetingExcursion etc.. as well as Meeting, AGM.

Adobe Acrobat Pro version 11 was used 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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