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Testing Available for a New, Experimental PubMed Search and User Interface!

Posted by on October 17th, 2017 Posted in: Mobile Devices, NLM Resources, PubMed, Search Tools

NLM needs your input as it experiments with a new PubMed search algorithm, as well as a modern, mobile-first user interface. You can try out these elements at PubMed Labs, a website created for the very purpose of giving potential new PubMed features a test drive and gathering user opinions. The key elements being tested include:

  • A new search algorithm for ranking (ordering) the best matches to your query
    Based on analysis of data obtained from anonymous PubMed search logs, a new algorithm has been developed that NLM believes does a much better job of sorting search results by their relevance, or “best match,” to a query. This new algorithm incorporates machine learning to re-rank the top articles returned. This algorithm is already implemented in PubMed, but it is still experimental and NLM would appreciate hearing what you think. You can read more about the specifics of the algorithm in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
  • Mobile-first, responsive design with modern user interface
    PubMed Labs is designed to make searching and reading articles fast and easy, whether you are using a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.
  • Snippets from PubMed abstracts & highlighted search terms/synonyms
    The search results page in PubMed Labs includes highlights (“snippets”) from the article abstract, when available, that are identified based on their relevance to the user query. Search terms and their synonyms are highlighted in both the title and the snippet.

Tell NLM what you think about these features! You can comment via this blog post, as well as leave feedback via the PubMed Labs site.

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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