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Year End Processing Changes

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Update: 12/13/2010 Another article of YEP was recently posted.

What’s New for 2011 MeSH®

Descriptions of some of the major changes to MeSH 2011.

Schulman JL. What’s New for 2011 MeSH®. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e17.

12/09/2010: The November – December 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin has posted many articles about the changes the Year End Processing (YEP) will make on PubMed and other databases.  Here are the highlights:

NLM® Catalog and Journals Databases Merge

NLM will soon be launching a redesigned NLM Catalog that will include the Journals Database.  The Journals Database will retire.

Torre S. NLM® Catalog and Journals Databases Merge. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e7.

PubMed® Notes — 2011

The 2011 changes to PubMed are listed.

Nahin AM. PubMed® Notes — 2011. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e16.

Changes to MEDLINE® Data for Year-End Processing — 2011

Check out the changes to MEDLINE and MeSH for 2011.

Tybaert S. MEDLINE® Data Changes — 2011. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e12a.

Cataloging News — 2011

MeSH 2011 implications for LocatorPlus® , NLM® Catalog, and the NLM Classification.

Boehr D, Willis S. Cataloging News 2011. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e8.

OLDMEDLINE Back to 1946

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

OLDMEDLINE now includes citations from 1946.  The National Library of Medicine  has been converting pre-1966 citations into PubMed over the last few years.  Now there are 20 years worth of citations (about 2 million) in OLDMEDLINE.

OLDMEDLINE is Another Year Older with the Addition of the 1946 CLML Citations. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e1.

PubMed Author ID Project

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

From the Nov-Dec 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is developing a system that will address the problem of ambiguous author names within PubMed and facilitate accurate search and retrieval of a participating author’s works. The specifics of PubMed Author ID, as the system is now known, are still evolving. It is currently envisioned that authors (or their designees) would register for the service through My NCBI and identify their research articles in PubMed using provided tools; this identification of articles will allow NCBI to link alternate names/spellings associated with an individual. The anticipated launch for PubMed Author ID is in mid-2011.

PubMed® Author ID Project. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Nov-Dec;(377):e2.

PubMed Enhanced with Images

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Citations in PubMed now include images from the new NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) Images database. The database has more than 2.5 million images and figures from medical and life sciences journals. Images is expected to have a wide range of uses for a variety of user groups. These include the clinician looking for the visual representation of a disease or condition, the researcher searching for studies with certain types of analysis, the student seeking diagrams that elucidate complex processes such as DNA replication, the professional or educator looking for an image for a presentation, and the patient wanting to better understand his disease. Currently the only the images from PubMed Central are available.

The images display in the PubMed Abstract view as a strip of thumbnails.  Mousing over the image will show a preview image.

For more details, see: Canese K. PubMed® Display Enhanced with Images from the New NCBI Images Database. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Sep-Oct;(376):e14.

For more about the Images database, see the press release.

My NCBI’s My Bibliography

Monday, November 1st, 2010

PubMed citations can now be added to My NCBI’s My Bibliography using Send to.

Canese K. Enhanced PubMed® My Bibliography Feature. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Sep-Oct;(376):e13.

LinkOut for Libraries FAQ Page

Friday, October 29th, 2010

LinkOut now has a new LinkOut for Libraries Frequently Asked Questions page. On this page, librarians will find answers to questions such as “What is LinkOut?” and “What is the LinkOut Library Submission Utility?” Additional questions and answers will be added in the future.

Another resource for libraries interested in LinkOut is the Training and Educational Resources page.  It includes Quick Tours and other information for libraries using LinkOut.

YEP, It’s Bout That Time Again

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Each year the National Library of Medicine (NLM) conducts MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. On November 17, 2010, NLM will temporarily stop adding MEDLINE citations to PubMed until mid-December. At that time MEDLINE will have been updated to the 2011 MeSH.

For more information, see: Tybaert S. MEDLINE®/PubMed® Year-End Processing Activities. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Sep-Oct;(376):e1.

PubMed Abstract Display Improving

Monday, August 9th, 2010

An update to how structured abstracts are displayed is coming to PubMed. Structured abstracts will soon be reformatted for easier readability. Section labels will remain in uppercase followed by a colon, but will be bolded and each section will begin on a new line. This change affects only the PubMed Abstract display using your Internet browser; it will not be available with other display formats, e.g., Abstract (text).

See the NLM Technical Bulletin article for an example of the new formatting: Ripple AM, Mork JG, Knecht LS. Structured Abstracts: A New Look for the PubMed® Abstract Display. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jul-Aug;(375):e11.

New Database: Substance Registration System

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Substance Registration System, http://fdasis.nlm.nih.gov, is a new web site sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This database provides access to the FDA Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) assigned to substances by the FDA Substance Registration System.

The overall purpose of the joint FDA/USP Substance Registration System (SRS) is to support health information technology initiatives by generating unique ingredient identifiers (UNIIs) for substances in drugs, biologics, foods, and devices.

Links to the NLM ChemIDplus and the Drug Information Portal are provided for most drugs. The database is updated weekly with data provided by FDA.

New NLM Web Site Sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Now Available. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jul-Aug;(375):e4.

Clinical Queries Redesigned

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The PubMed Clinical Queries page has been redesigned to filter one search by three clinical research areas: Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics.

See the NLM Technical Bulletin article: Canese K. PubMed® Clinical Queries Page Redesign. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 May-Jun;(374):e26.