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Searching for Journals in PubMed

Recently I was searching for journal articles from a certain country. From PubMed, I accessed the NLM Catalog with the limit turned on for Journals referenced in the NCBI databases. From the Advanced Search page in the NLM Catalog, I could select Country of Publication with the Search Builder. This gave me a list of 449 journal titles.

NLM Catalog

I decided to further limit the search to Journals currently or previously indexed in MEDLINE. This brought me to 125 journals. Initially I tried to send all the journal titles to the PubMed search builder. I received the error message listed below, Select an item to send to the search builder.

I could change the display to show all 125 of the journal titles, click each one of them one by one, and then add them to the search builder, but I thought that was too tedious. What is interesting to me is that I could click on Collections from the Send to: link and send all 125 to a collection. Unfortunately that doesn’t tell me how many journal articles are from India in PubMed.

I sent a message to the Help Desk and learned an interesting and useful bit of information to share with you all.
NCBI let me know that:

This feature is already available in the “Find related data” portlet. Run a NLM Catalog search, select PubMed from the ‘Find related data portlet’, and then click ‘Find items”.

From the right sidebar:
Find related data

After doing this, PubMed shows me over 133,000 citations from those journals from India. Success!

So if you are searching for journals in PubMed, are directed to the NLM Catalog to find your journals, remember that you can send the entire set to PubMed by way of the Find related data portlet!

Special thanks to Cynthia Burke, Reference Librarian, Reference & Web Services Section, NLM and Majda Valjavec-Gratian, Ph.D., NCBI User Services!

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