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The New PubMed is Here!

Posted by on November 19th, 2019 Posted in: News from NLM/NIH

After extensive development and thorough testing in the PubMed Labs environment, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched an updated version of PubMed, a free resource that supports the search and retrieval of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences literature, with the aim of improving health–both globally and personally.

Available to the public online since 1996, PubMed was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NLM, located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The PubMed database contains more than 30 million citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed biomedical literature. It does not include full-text journal articles; however, links to the full text are often present when available from other sources, such as the publisher’s website or PubMed Central (PMC).

You can start using the new PubMed today by visiting the site directly, or by clicking on the banner on pubmed.gov. What exactly is new with the new PubMed?

  • The new PubMed offers a clean, easy-to-use interface, and was designed from the ground up to be mobile-friendly. The new interface was built using modern web standards, with a responsive layout, making it easier for new users on any type of device to find what they’re looking for.
  • The new PubMed is designed to help you find what you need, fast. The improved Best Match sort order uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to help elevate the most relevant articles to the top of your results list. Improved citation and title sensors are built into the search box, making it even easier to find an article based on known citation information.

While it may look different, the new PubMed still includes the features you rely on, and gives you access to the same trusted bibliographic data. The new PubMed includes the key features that have long been a part of PubMed, including:

  • customizable filters to help you narrow your search,
  • tools to save and share your search results,
  • an Advanced Search Builder that lets you search for terms in a specific field, see how your search is being translated, and review your search history; and,
  • options to set up e-mail alerts to be notified when new results are available.

Starting in Spring 2020, all PubMed users will be redirected to the new PubMed. Stay tuned to banner messages on pubmed.gov for more details, or subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on this and other National Library of Medicine tools you may be using. NLM is committed to continued PubMed development, and will continue adding features and improving user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future.

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Hannah Sinemus is the Web Experience Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR). Although she updates the MAR web pages, blog, newsletter and social media, Hannah is not the sole author of this content. If you have questions about a MARquee or MAReport posting, please contact the Middle Atlantic Region directly at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

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This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

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