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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:
- A once daily e-mail alert if an article is published or updated.
- A weekly notification of new or recently added content on the NLM Web site including NLM Technical Bulletin articles.
- RSS feed
Click here to go to the subscription page:
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: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so13/so13_pm_relevance.html
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.
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: http://www.screencast.com/t/3kbYUXhNxX
Be on the look out. PubMed will soon ask you to decipher a “captcha” on the Send to e-mail feature. This feature will combat spam issues.
Have you visited the NLM catalog home page recently? If so, you’ve noticed that it still uses the Limits page, whereas PubMed has moved to the filters sidebar. The filters sidebar will replace the Limits page in the NLM catalog soon.
Read about the coming change:
The National Library of Medicine recently posted a 3-minute video to YouTube about how to use MeSH to build a targeted PubMed search. The video includes a very brief background on MeSH terms and indexing.
Join us for the free online class “PubMed for Librarians.” Classes in April, June, and September 2013 are now open for registration.
The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit. Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them.
For details, see the NLM Tech Bull. 2013 Mar-Apr;(391):e2.