Changes to 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.