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Archive for the ‘PubMed’ Category

The More You Know: My NCBI and Links Display

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

A little something to make your life easier.

PubMed Update: Change to Author Affiliations

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Here’s a video update on a recent change to author affiliations in PubMed.

You can read more about the change in the NLM Technical Bulletin articles from September 2013 and December 2013.

PubMed Relevance Sort

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

On October 22, 2013 PubMed implemented the Sort by Relevance feature. Let us know what you think.

Look Ma, No More Shutdown Notices!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

View of PubMed as of October 17, 2013.

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PubMed and the Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

PubMed continues to be up and running. You will see this message on the PubMed site. Click on the image for a larger view.


NEW – My NCBI Curriculum Vitae Web Application: SciENcv

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

SciENcv is a new feature in My NCBI that helps users create an online professional profile that can be made public to share with others. Users can document their education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, research grants, and other professional contributions.

eRA Commons account holders who have linked their eRA account to My NCBI will find their SciENcv profile automatically populated with the information stored in their eRA Commons profile. You do not have to have an eRA Commons account to create a SciENcv profile.

Click here to read the entire announcement

Stay Current with NLM’s Technical Bulletin

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Just in case you are not already a subscriber, the link to sign up for the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Technical Bulletin is below. The TB (as they call it) is the source for the latest searching information about PubMed.

There are 3 subscription options:

  1. once daily e-mail alert if an article is published or updated.
  2. weekly notification of new or recently added content on the NLM Web site including NLM Technical Bulletin articles.
  3. RSS feed

Click here to go to the subscription page:

PubMed Relevance Sort – Coming Soon

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

PubMed will soon include a new relevance sort option. The “Relevance” sort option will be available from the “Display Settings” menu under the “Sort by” selections. The update to the new sort by selection will be combined with a new feature that retains the most recent “sort by” selection for subsequent search results until a different sort order is selected, or after eight hours of inactivity on the system.

Results for My NCBI users that are signed in with a modified default sort order will continue to display in the modified order until a different sort order is selected. A Relevance default sort selection in My NCBI PubMed Preferences will be added after the initial implementation of this new feature.

The relevance sort order for search results is based on an algorithm that analyzes each PubMed citation that includes the search terms. For each search query, “weight” is calculated for citations depending on how many search terms are found and in which fields they are found. In addition, recently-published articles are given a somewhat higher weight for sorting.

Follow this link to view screenshots of the upcoming feature:

Changes Coming to Author Affiliations in MEDLINE/PubMed

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Beginning October 1, 2013, NLM will cease editing the Author Affiliation field in MEDLINE/PubMed citations.  In the past, NLM policy was to carry affiliation for the first author only, quality control the data, and edit the field to add “USA” or e-mail address as appropriate. However, starting with the 2014 PubMed system in mid-December 2013, NLM will implement a new policy that allows publishers submitting XML citation data for MEDLINE indexed journals to submit Author Affiliations for each Author name, Investigator name or Corporate Author name.

To prepare for and support this change, NLM will cease quality control review and editing of the author affiliation field in the MEDLINE citation.  Searchers who were using a PubMed search to limit to US authors as the first author should be aware that it will no longer be comprehensive as of October 1, 2013.

What’s Your Query Number?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Previously, when building a search in PubMed using History on the Advanced Search page, users would choose the search numbers they wanted to combine by clicking the item (#1, #22, etc.) and that is what we would see in the search builder; numbers, not words. Now, when you combine previously run searches, the actual terms appear in the search builder. No more wondering what those numbers represent.

Here’s a quick video to demonstrate: