British Bryological Society

M.E.C. 1896 - 1922; BBS 1923 - 2021

About the Cumulative Index of Publications 1896 - 2021
Version 17.1
(07 May 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 those by the late Dr Eric Watson, Prof. Jeff Duckett, Dr Giles Clarke, 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 my friend 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 this 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.


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

At the beginning of 2012, the database was transferred to Windows EndNote and it was then possible to include diacritical (umluats, acute accents etc.) characters which had not been posible to include in ProCite.

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


Adobe Acrobat Pro in various versions has been used to generate the searchable PDF (Acrobat) files of Rich Text Files (.rtf) exported from EndNote. Using "Find" within the Acrobat file could be made in the conventional way to find a specific word. This was the basis of searching the Index from 1989 to 2020.


Excel files: In 2021, the new version (17.1) of the PDF index produced from the database was deemed too large as routine searching on a standard Windows PC was becoming too slow for practical use. A new approach was required. I am grateful to Claire Halpin for reminding me that Microsoft Excel has a range of search tools. To this end I stopped the use of PDF files (of a .rtf, rich text file derived from the Procite database) and used in its place one based on Microsoft Excel (.xlsx files). Instead of generating an .rtf file from Procite the new procedure involved generating a .txt file (plain text) in which the text was without italic of bold attributes. The new search routine using Excel and its built in search facilities also made it possible to search for 2 different words in one citation.


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;



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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