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A New and Improved PubMed!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-01-21 19:01

NLM’s PubMed has long been recognized as a critical resource for helping researchers, health care professionals, students, and the general public keep current with rapid advances in the life sciences. NLM is excited to introduce an updated version of PubMed that features an updated design and technology to improve the user experience. Launched in 1996 as an experimental website, PubMed has provided an easy, effective way to search a large portion of the published biomedical literature free of charge. The importance of PubMed is evidenced by its heavy use. Each day, more than 2 million people use PubMed to search a body of more than 30 million abstracts and citations, making it one of the most frequently used U.S. government websites.

Over the past 24 years, NLM has continuously updated and refined PubMed to keep pace with ever-changing information technologies and added features and enhancements to make it easier for users to find relevant information quickly. Along the way, there were two major updates to the web interface, one in 2000 and another in 2010, and introduction of a separate mobile version of PubMed, in 2011. In early 2017, NLM launched a comprehensive effort to take PubMed to the next level, with a goal to transform PubMed into a modern hub with a fast, reliable, intuitive search that connects people to the world’s leading sources of biomedical information.

Connecting people to the information they seek requires a great retrieval engine. Under the leadership of NLM’s Zhiyong Lu, PhD, and his team, the retrieval engine was enhanced using advanced machine-learning technology to develop a new relevance search algorithm. This algorithm optimizes the quality of top-ranked results and is used by PubMed’s new Best Match feature for sorting search results. On the technology side, PubMed has moved to an open-source search platform, critical in moving to the cloud, providing greater scalability and reliability. And to deliver the best possible experience, front-end developers produced a modern, responsive website that is optimized for the needs of today’s information seeker.

To truly understand the needs of PubMed users and how best to deliver solutions that meet those needs, NLM engaged with a broad array of users; analyzed customer service data; reviewed survey responses; and tested dozens of design solutions and enhancements with expert PubMed users, novices, and everyone in between. One thing learned during these efforts was that initial assumptions and ideas weren’t always right, reinforcing the importance of continuing to listen to PubMed’s users and making iterative improvements.

Experience the latest version of PubMed for yourself!

  • Are you looking for the most relevant papers in a given area? Try the Best Match sort option.
  • Are you writing a grant proposal or peer-reviewed manuscript? The Cite button will come in quite handy.
  • Are you a power user constructing a systematic review? The Advanced Search workflow has been updated to be more intuitive and flexible.
  • Do you need to access PubMed while away from your desktop? Your mobile device now provides the same full-featured experience via PubMed’s modern, responsive design.

At the bottom of each page of the new site you will find a green Feedback button. Whether you think the new version of PubMed is great just the way it is, or you have a suggestion for how to make it better, NLM is waiting to hear from you!

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New in NLM Digital Collections: Fully-Digitized Manuscript Collections

PSR News - Tue, 2020-01-21 18:34

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of an initial six fully-digitized manuscript collections, complete with finding aids, in NLM Digital Collections. These collections encompass more than 43,500 pages and represent a milestone in the evolution of NLM’s digitization capacity. Moreover, this release achieves the goal of providing remote, unmediated access to manuscript collections in alignment with one of the cornerstones of the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027, to reach more people through enhanced dissemination and engagement.

These six collections include:

This initial release represents three themes in digitization prioritization: external third-party digitization partnerships with the NLM which have yielded substantial digitized content; high-patron usage/copy order requests; and support of NLM exhibitions and related programs designed to raise public awareness of and engagement with the NLM’s collections and related resources. These newly-available manuscript collections represent a sample of the breadth and depth of NLM’s archival and modern manuscript collections held by its History of Medicine Division. Look for more online archival collections as NLM continues to expand its offerings in this area serving researchers around the world!

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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter 2020 Now Available Online!

PSR News - Fri, 2020-01-17 15:04

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The Winter 2020 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is recording artist and Broadway actress Jordin Sparks, who wants more people to talk about sickle cell disease. After losing her stepsister to the disease, Jordin works to remove the stigma and give more patients a voice. In addition, the issue features articles on heartburn, improving endometriosis diagnosis through research and awareness, finding self-confidence with vitiligo, and more.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s latest medical research and healthcare information. To receive a print version, use the order form to have the magazine delivered to your home or office. It ships four times a year and is free to subscribers.

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New PubMed Update: Items Per Page, Sort Options, See All Similar Articles, and More!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-01-16 18:56

Several features have been updated in the new PubMed, including options to customize the number of items per page, sort by publication date, reverse sort order, see all similar articles, and download the Results by Year timeline. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to develop features in the new PubMed site, and this new version of PubMed will eventually replace the legacy PubMed. Visit The New PubMed is Here for more information.

Sort by Publication Date and Reverse Sort Order

Use the Display Options menu (located under the gear button) to change how results are sorted. Sort options now include Publication Date in addition to Most Recent and Best Match. When sorting by Publication Date or Most Recent, use the ascending/descending button to show the newest or oldest results first. For more information, visit “Sorting your results” in the PubMed User Guide.

Customize number of items displayed per page

You can also use the Display Options menu to change the number of citations displayed per page:

1. Click the gear button in the upper right corner of the search results page
2. Select the number of citations to display per page: 10, 20, 50, 100, or 200

For more information, visit “Showing more results” in the PubMed User Guide.

Persistent display preferences

Changes to display preferences such as sort by, items per page, and filters will be active for subsequent searches until browser data and cookies are cleared. Display format defaults to Summary for each new search. For more information, visit “Enable Cookies” in Browser Advice for NCBI Web Pages.

Similar articles

You can now view and refine the complete set of similar articles for a citation. Use the “See all similar articles” link on a citation’s abstract page to display the similar articles as a new page of results. For more information, visit “Similar articles” in the PubMed User Guide.

Download Results by Year Timeline

Use the download button to create a CSV file of the Results by Year timeline. For more information about the Results by Year timeline, visit “Searching by date” in the PubMed User Guide.

For further details and illustrations, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. For more details on the features in the new PubMed, view the recorded webinar A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals.

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What Will 2020 Bring for NLM?

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-01-14 19:53

In a recent blog post, NLM director Dr. Patti Brennan highlighted some of NLM’s accomplishments in 2019. So, what’s on tap for 2020? First, as NLM prepares for major renovations to its Building 38, most of the staff, including Dr. Brennan, will move to other office space on the NIH campus for about two years. That will be enough time to implement a major redesign of the first floor of the 60-year-old, architecturally dramatic but not really fit-for-purpose workspace to make more efficient use of the space, add modern office layouts and meeting spaces, and modernize the HVAC systems. Also, NLM will continue to grow its Intramural Research Program (IRP), which focuses on computational biomedical and health sciences. Two new tenure-track investigators were hired this past year and one or two more are expected to be added in 2020. The IRP brings together two NLM divisions, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, specifically the Computational Biology Branch, and the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, which emphasize discovery based on molecular phenomena and clinical information. There will also be greater alignment of training efforts, including an expansion of the public-facing parts of training.

NLM will continue to make biomedical and health information literature available to the public, scientists, and clinicians, with a greater emphasis on public access and open science. The entire PubMed Central (PMC) repository of full-text literature is already freely available to the world, and with the increasing interest in open access to government-supported research findings, this repository is expected to grow. PMC will grow in new ways, too, such as enhancing the discoverability of data sets in support of published results made available with articles as supplementary material or in open repositories, and supporting greater transparency in scientific communication through the archiving of peer review documents. Many NLM resources will be moved to the cloud and continue to support efforts to make strides through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative to accelerate discovery by harnessing the power of commercial cloud computing. This will not only offer some logistical savings, it will also increase the discoverability of NLM’s resources.

NLM will play a bigger and more vital role in big science as it unfolds at NIH. Intramural researchers are expanding the application of deep learning technologies to clinical, biological, and image data. In collaboration with the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy, NLM will build and release new tools to help researchers leverage the FHIR standard to make clinical data more accessible for research, and to improve phenotype characterization. These initiatives will accelerate data sharing by advancing standard approaches to research data representation. And finally, NLM will advance its impact on and outreach to professional and lay communities around the country. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has exciting plans to expand its training in research data management and to provide local health information education and support to help health care providers working with American Indian and Alaska Native populations address challenges such as mental health and HPV-related cancer.

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NLM Request for Information Solicits Feedback on the Future of

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-01-07 19:49

As celebrates its 20th anniversary on February 29, NLM is asking for input on how it can best continue to serve your needs for many more years to come. is the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database, giving patients, families, health care providers, researchers, and others easy access to information on clinical studies relating to a wide range of diseases and conditions. This online resource, which has more than 145,000 unique visitors every day, is operated by NLM and makes available information provided directly by the sponsors and investigators conducting the research.

NLM has launched an effort to modernize to deliver an improved user experience on an updated platform that will accommodate growth and enhance efficiency. Creating a roadmap for modernization requires feedback from a wide array of stakeholders on how to continue serving, balancing, and prioritizing their varied information needs. These stakeholders include sponsors and investigators who submit clinical trial information to the site, academic institutions, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, government agencies, and the public, all of whom can access and use the information that contains free of charge.

To obtain timely, detailed, and actionable input, a Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to solicit comments on the following topics: website functionality, information submission processes, and use of data standards. Recognizing that supports a network of stakeholders who contribute to, and rely on, clinical research, the aim is to understand how the system can better support this network and to identify opportunities for improving its compatibility with existing clinical trial management tools and processes. It is important to note that this RFI focuses on the functionality of and is not intended to modify existing legal and policy requirements for clinical trial registration and results submission.

Responses to the RFI must be received by March 14. NLM expects a wide range of comments and is taking steps to manage and share the feedback. Responses will be summarized during a public meeting on April 30 on the main campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, that will also be accessible by webcast. Details on the meeting will be available soon. In addition, the NLM Board of Regents is being engaged to provide input as a roadmap for modernization is developed, including establishing priorities and identifying the roles that various stakeholders might play in modernizing

To learn more about the RFI and how to share feedback, join this webinar on January 22. NLM looks forward to working with everyone to learn more about — and consider how to meet — your needs as the multiyear modernization effort begins!

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January 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2020-01-03 11:30

illustration of a person putting cream on their armCheck out the January issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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Recording for the Midday at the Oasis Webinar on Libraries, Utilities and Medical Vulnerability Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-19 19:56

On December 18, NNLM PSR hosted Libraries, Utilities and Medical Vulnerability for the Midday at the Oasis webinar series. In this session, Gabriela Sandoval, PhD, Research Director for The Utility Reform Network’s Addressing the Health Impacts of Utility Shutoffs project, and Lana Adlawan, Division Manager, Public Services, Sonoma County Library, address the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals in the path of natural disasters. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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Library LinkOut Outside Tool Update

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-19 18:14

In March 2019, NLM announced that the three existing LinkOut services (LinkOut via Submission Utility, LinkOut Local, and Outside Tool) are being consolidated into one program, Library LinkOut using Outside Tool (visit LinkOut Consolidation Announcement and Library LinkOut Transition FAQs for more information).

As of February 28, 2020, LinkOut via Submission Utility and LinkOut Local services will be discontinued. Library icons will continue to display in legacy PubMed, but holdings data will not be updated after February 28. To register for Library LinkOut using Outside Tool, libraries will need to set up a working link resolver that directs users to the full text of an article or to the library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Complete information on the registration process can be found in the online help. Please direct any questions about this process to the NLM Support Center.

Libraries that participate in Library LinkOut using Outside Tool can activate their library icon in the new PubMed using the URL where nameabbr is the name abbreviation for your library. Use a comma separated list to activate up to five library icons, for example:,nameabbr2,nameabbr3. The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version. NLM will continue to run the legacy system in parallel for a period of time after the new PubMed is the default. These dates will be announced in advance via banners on PubMed.

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Newly Maintained MEDLINE for 2020 MeSH Now Available in PubMed

PSR News - Wed, 2019-12-18 16:49

NLM has completed its end-of-year maintenance activities. As of December 16, MEDLINE/PubMed citations and the MeSH translation tables were updated to reflect 2020 MeSH with full searching functionality for Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) data and mapping in place. The citations newly indexed with 2020 MeSH since December 4 are available in PubMed for searching and MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2020 MeSH vocabulary. NLM has resumed daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed.

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Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., Selected CEO of the NIH All of Us Research Program

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2019-12-17 15:03

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Dr. Josh Denny. Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center

NIH Director Francis S. Collins has announced the selection of Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., as Chief Executive Officer of the NIH All of Us Research Program. As CEO, he will oversee NIH’s efforts to build one of the largest and most comprehensive precision medicine research platforms in the world, in partnership with a diverse network of awardees and participants.

Dr. Denny comes to NIH from Nashville, TN, where he is a Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has been involved in All of Us from its inception, first as a member of the Advisory Committee to the (NIH) Director Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group, which developed the program’s scientific blueprint. He led the program’s initial prototyping project and is currently the principal investigator for the All of Us Data and Research Center. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Denny is deeply committed to improving patient care through the advancement of precision medicine. He will bring expertise in bioinformatics, genomics, and internal medicine, and significant prior experience with other large research efforts, including the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, the Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), and the Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) Network. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

In this position, Dr. Denny will work in close collaboration with All of Us Deputy Director Stephanie Devaney, Ph.D., who is being promoted to Chief Operating Officer; a new position in which she will assume additional responsibilities in leading the operations of the program and its extensive consortium of awardees and other partners. She will also continue to oversee the program’s policy work, serve as principal liaison to the Institutional Review Board and Trans-NIH Liaisons Coordinating Team, and provide expert counsel on key initiatives.

Eric Dishman, who currently leads All of Us, will become Chief Innovation Officer, leveraging his prior experience in Silicon Valley to guide strategic planning efforts and build a culture of innovation. This work will include creating a pipeline to support rapid delivery of exploratory projects for future development. He has brought tremendous vision and dedication to the program as its inaugural leader, and will continue to share his talents in this new role.

With more than 300,000 people already enrolled in the program, these changes represent the progression of the program to a fully empowered national flagship for biomedical research. Recruitment will continue to reach the goal of at least one million participants; additional genotype, electronic health record, wearable sensor, and environmental exposure data will be added to the unprecedented longitudinal dataset; and broad access to researchers will soon commence, guided by the most secure data system possible in order to protect participant confidentiality. Dr. Denny, Ms. Devaney, and Mr. Dishman have worked together on All of Us from the beginning and share a common devotion to its goals and core values. They are well equipped to lead the way forward to a new stage of scientific discovery.

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NLM Seeks Host Sites for 2020-2021 Second-Year Associate Fellows

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-16 17:16

The National Library of Medicine is seeking host sites for the 2020-2021 second-year experience for its current group of NLM Associate Fellows. Host sites are health sciences libraries which can offer a strong opportunity for an early-career health sciences librarian, with exposure to the full range of work and experiences of the institution. NLM is seeking host sites that are willing to fund the stipend and health insurance, while NLM provides funding for professional development, interview, colloquium attendance, and relocation. The deadline for letters of interest is April 1, 2020.

A little bit about the Associates:

  • Brenna Cox is interested in consumer health, public health, nutrition, and complementary and alternative medicine. She would like to learn how to conduct systematic reviews and would be interested in projects related to the organization of information or scholarly communication. She’s also interested in outreach and has prior experience working with social media, research guides, and book displays. Her current project at NLM is Investigating the addition of CPT©4 procedure codes to MedlinePlus Connect.
  • Sharon Han is interested in outreach and engagement, user experience, data visualization, and public health informatics. She looks forward to engaging in collaborative efforts with institutional partners that value data-driven and human-centered health science education and research.
  • Eden Kinzel is interested in instruction, small group consultations, literature searching and systematic reviews, social media, and other library content creation. During the first year of the fellowship, she gained exposure to data analysis and data visualization and would enjoy continuing to build those skills. She is also excited to learn more about research data management, health information literacy, and open access publishing.
  • Louise To is interested in consumer and clinical health information products, health IT policy, and health disparities. For her second year, she hopes to gain more experience in clinical librarianship, data visualization, and user research and analytics.

All the Associates are interested in a second year. Each year the Associate Fellows select projects proposed by NLM staff. More information on hosting an NLM Associate Fellow is available on the NLM web site.

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Training Opportunity: Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, January 17 to May 8, 2020

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-16 16:43

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is pleased to open registration for the fifth cohort of Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications. This course is designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use gene and protein information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. The 16-week, self-paced Moodle course reviews basic biology concepts and takes a deep dive into NCBI Molecular Biology Databases. It is worth 30 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. Successful participants are invited to join an Alumni Forum which includes discussion and bi-monthly learning opportunities. This fifth cohort of the course will run January 17 to May 8, 2020.

Registration closes on January 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm of your time zone. This course is limited to 60 participants. A 20-seat wait list is also available. Registration preference is given to librarians or information specialists who are U.S. citizens or residents of the United States. When registering, you will be automatically wait-listed and contacted by NNLM via email about your enrollment.

Subject Matter Experts for this course include Peter Cooper, PhD and Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine. There are four major due dates to successfully complete this course:
Pre-Work: January 31, 2020
Part I: February 28, 2020
Part II: April 3, 2020
Part III: May 8, 2020

Further details are in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM RFI on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

PSR News - Mon, 2019-12-16 16:25

The National Library of Medicine is conducting a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public input on future research and program directions for the NLM Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). Created in 1986, the National Library of Medicine’s Unified Medical Language System integrates and distributes key terminology, classification and coding standards, and associated resources to promote creation of effective and interoperable biomedical information systems and services, including electronic health records.

Through this RFI, NLM seeks stakeholder input on how to improve the UMLS. Additionally, NLM will conduct at least one public informational webinar that presents proposed ideas for improving UMLS. The input received from these efforts will be considered by NLM in the development of future versions of the UMLS. RFI Comments should be submitted electronically by January 11.

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A New NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System Coming in 2020!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-12-16 16:16

Reflecting the National Library of Medicine’s ongoing commitment to public access support at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and beyond, a new NIHMS system will be released in early 2020. This new system aims to streamline the submission process, ensure the continued quality of manuscripts made publicly accessible, and give authors and investigators more transparent options for avoiding processing delays. Anyone familiar with the current NIHMS system will find the basic steps of submitting, reviewing, and approving manuscripts for inclusion in PMC unchanged in the new system. There will be an updated user interface that simplifies the login process for returning users; provides contextual help throughout; and offers user-friendly options for importing article metadata, requesting corrections, and taking over the Reviewer role for stalled submissions. A video with details of these updates and more is available.

By investing in NIHMS, the goal is to continue to ensure the public has access to publicly and privately funded research results. Please contact the NIHMS help desk if you have any questions. Further updates will be provided as an official release date becomes available. The NIH developed the NIHMS system to facilitate the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts for inclusion in PubMed Central (PMC) in support of the NIH Public Access Policy. NIHMS has been operated by the NLM since its inception in 2005 and has processed over 725,000 submissions in that time. In the ensuing years, it has expanded to support the public access policies of numerous other funding organizations and government agencies.

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MEDLINE Data Changes for 2020

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-16 16:02

This article summarizes notable data changes made to MEDLINE during the National Library of Medicine’s annual Year-End Processing (YEP) maintenance for 2020:

The MeSH Browser currently points to the 2020 MeSH vocabulary with a link to the 2019 MeSH vocabulary. Searchers should consult the Browser to find MeSH headings of interest and their relationships to other headings. The Browser contains MeSH heading records that may include Scope Notes, Annotations, Entry Terms, History Notes, Allowable Qualifiers (Subheadings), Previous Indexing, and other information. It also includes Subheading records and Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs) for substances, diseases, and organisms that are not MeSH headings. You can download 2020 MeSH from links on the NLM Data Distribution page for MeSH Data. The PubMed MeSH database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2020 MeSH by the middle of December when YEP activities are complete and the newly maintained MEDLINE data are available in PubMed.

For 2020, 97 MeSH headings were either changed or deleted and replaced with more up-to-date terminology. During YEP, NLM updates these MeSH headings on MEDLINE citations. 293 new MeSH headings, plus two new Publication Types, are added to MeSH in 2020. A complete list of the new 2020 MeSH headings is available in PDF format, visit New Headings with Scope Notes, Annotations and Tree Locations.

Typically, NLM does not retrospectively re-index MEDLINE citations with new MeSH heading concepts. Therefore, searching PubMed for a new MeSH term tagged with [mh] or [majr] effectively limits retrieval to citations indexed after the term was introduced. PubMed Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) expands an untagged subject search to include both MeSH Terms and All Fields index terms and may retrieve relevant citations indexed before the introduction of a new MeSH term. Searchers may consult the MeSH Browser or the MeSH database to see the previous indexing terms most likely used for a particular concept before the new MeSH Heading was introduced.

One new publication type is available for MEDLINE indexing in 2020:

  • Randomized Controlled Trial, Veterinary
    Indexing policy: Use for the original report of the conduct or results of a specific randomized veterinary clinical trial in which animal participants are randomly assigned to receive one or more interventions. Use the MeSH headings Clinical Trials, Veterinary as Topic and Randomization for the general design, methodology, economics, etc.of randomized veterinary clinical trials.

For a complete list of updates, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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The National Institute of Mental Health Issues Request for Information (RFI) for its 2020 Strategic Plan for Research Update

PSR News - Fri, 2019-12-13 18:26

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is updating its Strategic Plan for Research to guide the Institute’s research efforts and priorities over the next five years. It has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for public comment to assist with this process. The draft Strategic Plan will be publicly available for review during the comment period. Responses will be accepted through January 2.

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Apply by January 10 for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 18:13

Applications are open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians Spring 2020 (February 24 – April 24). The course is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) and goes beyond the basics of research data management. The training will expand on concepts from RDM 101:Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians.

Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. The application deadline is January 10, 2020.

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December 16 Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 18:03

NIH will be hosting an informational public webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance on Monday, December 16, from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m. PST. The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will NOT be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent electronically by Friday, January 10.


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TOXNET Update: LactMed Moved to Bookshelf

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 17:43

As noted previously in the Technical Bulletin, TOXNET will be retired on December 16. One of the most popular TOXNET databases is the Drugs and Lactation Database, usually called LactMed, which has been moved to the NCBI Bookshelf and will continue to be updated there. LactMed is a curated database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Records may include a summary, therapeutic alternatives to selected drugs, references to the scientific literature, and links to credible organizations and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases.

LactMed debuted in 2006 and has grown to nearly 1,500 records. It is heavily used by both healthcare providers and the public. With the decision to retire the TOXNET interface, LactMed has been moved to a different platform, NCBI’s Bookshelf. You can already access LactMed at its new Bookshelf location. Users who would like more information about using the new interface can find it at Accessing LactMed Content from NCBI Bookshelf or as a PDF.

Since the TOXNET API and mobile site will also be retired, LactMed data will no longer be available through those means. In addition, the LactMed apps for Android and iOS devices will be retired. Current users of the LactMed apps are encouraged to continue accessing LactMed via Bookshelf. Alternatively, the dataset can be downloaded from NLM’s Data Distribution site and through the NLM Open Access subset.

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