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PubMed Adds Filters Sidebar and Computed Author Sorted Display!

Yesterday, two new features were added to PubMed: filters sidebar and computed author sorted display!

In order to provide users with a more visible and accessible way to narrow PubMed results, the Limits page has been replaced by a results filter sidebar. The filter sidebar options will work the same way as the limit selections; that is, once a filter is selected it will be activated for subsequent searches until the selection is cleared. The PubMed default Review and Free full text filters have been moved to the filters sidebar. The “Filter your results” portlet will eventually be incorporated into the filters sidebar. For additional information about the filters sidebar, please read the NLM Technical Bulletin article and PubMed trifold.

The PubMed Abstract display was modified to display results using a ranking algorithm when users click the author search link. Because an author may share the same name with other authors, the objective is to display more relevant results by disambiguating common author names. The author name disambiguation process compares citations with the same author name. The similarity for each citation pair is measured by examining the metadata for both citations, such as co-authors, journal, title, affiliation, abstract, MeSH terms, grants, and publication date. For additional information about the computed author sorted display, please read the NLM Technical Bulletin article.

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