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Changes to PubMed Commons

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

PubMed Commons

The National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI) has recently announced changes to PubMed Commons. PubMed Commons is a pilot commenting system for authors in PubMed. PubMed is the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s database of the biomedical literature.PubMed Commons enables authors to share opinions and information about scientific publications in PubMed. All authors of publications in PubMed are eligible to become members.

Members play a pivotal role in ensuring that PubMed Commons remains a forum for open constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. They can comment on any publication in PubMed, rate the helpfulness of comments, and invite other eligible authors to join.

Among the changes are modifications to streamline the homepage.  Information about joining and using PubMed Commons has been consolidated in a single page to help you get started.  There will be synopsis of the most recent blog post at the top of the homepage to help you stay up-to-date on PubMed Commons.

For several months, comment rating has given members the chance to weigh in on what comments they find useful. Visitors to PubMed can see these ratings alongside comments. Ratings are a key element in calculating the comment and commenter scores that determine the appearance of comments in the “Selected comments” stream on our homepage.

Some new site modifications will highlight contributions to PubMed Commons. On homepage, “Top comments now” will feature the top three recent comments. On PubMed records, “Selected comments” (from the homepage stream) prompt the appearance of an icon above abstracts, directing readers to comments below.

In response to community feedback, corresponding authors of comments on their publications are being contacted to invite them to join PubMed Commons.  This new procedure has resulted in an increase in author responses.

More information is available on the PubMed Commons Blog.

NLM Presentations at MLA Recordings Available

Friday, June 6th, 2014

MLA 2014 Annual Conference

Every year at the MLA Annual Meeting, the National Library of Medicine holds a variety of presentations in their exhibit booth to bring users up-to-date on NLM databases and services.  The recordings of the 13 presentations are now available from the NLM Technical Bulletin.   Learn about:

  1. The ACA, Hospital Community Benefit and Needs Assessment: NLM Resources
  2. Beau-TOX: TOXNET Gets a Facelift
  3. MedlinePlus: Usability, Mobile & Responsive Design
  4. Modernizing History: The New (and much improved) IndexCat Interface
  5. My NCBI Update: SciENcv & NIH Public Access
  6. NLM Resources & Electronic Health Records: MedlinePlusConnect, RxNorm & UMLS
  7. NLM Resources Used in Disasters
  8. PubMed Commons
  9. PubMed Health
  10. PubMed Update
  11. RDA One Year Later
  12. Still Scanning After All These Years: New Digital Projects from HMD
  13. Using the ClinicalTrials.gov Results Database

e-Collection Publication Model for PubMed

Monday, November 11th, 2013

A new publication model (PubModel) called Electronic-eCollection was recently introduced for PubMed citations from electronic-only journals. The PubModel value is carried in the journal citation and is used for the citation display in PubMed. The new value Electronic-eCollection means an article is published electronically on a specific date (this date must include year, month, and day in numerical format) and then is also associated with an electronic collection date (akin to an issue; this date can be a year or a year and month, but never a year, month, and day).

PubMed ecollection model

 

 

Join us for a PubMed Update on SCR CONNECTions Nov. 20

Monday, November 4th, 2013

PubMed Logo

Join us November 20, 2013 for the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)

Presenters: Trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Topic: PubMed Update

Join National Training Center and National Library of Medicine trainers for a one-hour PubMed update session.  Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months.  Bring your questions!

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/,  on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

 

Government Shutdown Impact on Libraries

Friday, October 4th, 2013

US Capitol BuildingThe National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region office remains open, regular business hours, during the government shutdown.

The following post provides information on the broad impact of the shutdown on libraries and research.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has posted the following message on their homepage:
“Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.”

This message is echoed on the National Library of Medicine homepage.

Resources from the National Library of Medicine:

  • PubMed is available however the following message is displayed: “PubMed is open, however it is being maintained with minimal staffing due to the lapse in government funding. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries. For updates regarding government operating status see USA.gov.”
  • Other databases from the National Center for Biotechnology Information are also available with the following message posted: “The information on this web site remains accessible; but, due to the lapse in government funding, the information may not be up to date, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. For updates regarding government operating status see USA.gov.”
  • MedlinePlus is available however the following message is displayed: “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.”

According to USA.gov:

  • Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop, and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Work to protect consumers, ranging from child product safety to financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities, will cease. The EPA will halt non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.

According to the American Library Association libraries may be impacted by the shutdown in the following ways:

  • U.S. Census websites and collection surveys will be unavailable until the government is funded.
  • The Government Printing Office (GPO) is closed. Gpo.gov will not be updated during the shutdown. Federal Register services will continue in a limited capacity.
  • The Library of Congress will be closed to the public and researchers for the duration of the shutdown. The Library of Congress website is unavailable. As of Friday, October 4th the website was available but not being updated.

Medical Librarians have already been posting about the impact and chronicling federal websites that are inactive during the shutdown. Posts from Michelle Kraft, Alisha Miles, and the Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University provide detailed information about the status of online access to some of the most used library and medical library resources during the government shutdown.

PubMed Health SCR CONNECTions Recording Now Available

Friday, July 19th, 2013

PubMed Health Logo

The recording of Wednesday’s SCR CONNECTions webinar, PubMed Health and Systematic Reviews with guest speaker Hilda Bastain from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is now available in the SCR CONNECTions archive. A link to the presentation materials can also be found at that site. The class is available for 1 hour of MLA CE through August 2.

Hilda provided an overview not only of PubMed Health but also of systematic reviews and the systemic review process. Hilda has over 25 years of experience with systematic reviews and is an expert in the field.

Join us August 21st for the next SCR CONNECTions webinar. Topic: Video Creation Tools and Tips with speaker Emily Hurst.

 

 

Join Us for SCR CONNECTions on PubMed Health

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

PubMed Health Logo

Join us tomorrow for the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)

Guest Speaker: Hilda Bastian, PubMed Health, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

Topic: PubMed Health and Systematic Reviews

PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.PubMed Health is a service provided by NCBI at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Guest speaker Hilda Bastian works at NCBI at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. She is responsible for improving accessibility and usability of NLM resources based on systematic reviews. Hilda was instrumental in the development of PubMed Health and today she serves as the editor and curator of PubMed Health. Hilda was one of the founding members of the Cochrane Collaboration and the first Coordinator of its Consumer Network. She has been summarizing the results of systematic reviews for over 25 years.

SCR CONNECTions webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe Connect.

In response to technical errors, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) has discontinued the use of Voice Over IP for audio, all audio is conducted through dial-in using the number provided below.

Dial in Number: 1 (888) 394.8197

Participant Code: 398338

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit.

If you cannot attend the live webinar, we anticipate that it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.

NCBI and Older Web Browsers

Friday, December 28th, 2012

NCBI Hompage

Effective January 1, 2013, NCBI will no longer support Internet Explorer (IE) Version 7. In addition, NCBI pages may claim that your browser is not supported if you are running in compatibility mode for Versions 8 and 9.

NCBI will no longer support Firefox Version 3.

A list of tips and tricks for resolving NCBI Webpage Errors can be found on the NCBI webpage.

 

 

SCR CONNECTions, June 20, 2012

Monday, June 4th, 2012

MLA 2012 banner

Join us Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions.

This month’s topic will be “NLM Updates from MLA.” Select highlights from the recent Medical Library Association (MLA) annual  meeting will be covered including recent changes to PubMed, NIHSeniorHealth, DOCLINE, and more. MLA CE will be available for the June SCR CONNECTions.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/.  Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL: https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

This webinar is available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. If you cannot attend the live webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.

Limits Change in PubMed

Friday, May 11th, 2012

PubMed website

As of Wednesday, PubMed has made a change of how limits are accessed.  Instead of a separate page, limits will be a sidebar down the left side of the results page.  The previous Limits page was not intuitive to most users.  Making the filters more prominent should bring greater attention to this feature.

For more about the change, read Canese K. PubMed Filters Sidebar Replaces the Limits Page. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 May-Jun;(386):e3.  A Y0u-Tube video is also available.