Friday, May 24, 2019

PubMed MLA '19 update: big changes are coming!

In this 45-minute presentation, Marie Collins with Kathi Canese of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, present the upcoming new PubMed, now available for testing at PubMed Labs. This presentation was recorded at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 5th 2019. View the slides and transcript.

The speaker covers the following:
  • Current PubMed stats (Over 30 million records now!)
  • Nearly half of visitors are coming from a mobile device, hence the redesign
  • Author Disambiguation (ORCID)
  • Formulas appear in titles, abstracts and keywords
  • Plain-language summaries will appear after abstracts

LinkOut Consolidation will transition to Outside Tool
  • Library icons will appear on every citation in PubMed
  • Users will get either fulltext or an ILL Form
  • Outside Tool Icons will appear in PubMed Labs

New PubMed

Mission Statement: We are transforming PubMed into a modern hub with a fast, reliable, and intuitive search that connects people to the world’s leading sources of biomedical information.

  • PubMed Labs will move into production in September 2019.
  • Old PubMed will be archived and still available through Jan 2020.

New PubMed Goals:
  • Modern Cloud architecture (off the mainframe)
  • High Quality Search
  • Fast – Reliable
  • Modern Experience with responsive website (It will work on whatever device or screen you may be coming from)
  • Beloved

They developers have been asking: What do we need?  What can we do better?  What can we let go of?

Using Agile development model where they release a minimally viable product with enough features for early users and an environment to capture feedback for future development.  Agile allows them to release new features frequently, paying attention to technical excellence and good design.  If you don’t see your favorite features, it may still be coming.  Old features may still be tweaked and improved.

Peak at the new PubMed / PubMed Labs
Features include:
  • Results by Year graph
  • Best match toggle to default sort order
  • Snippets with highlights – gives context
  • Filters (They are still adding more filters)
  • Change format to summary or abstract
  • Cite (Yes—fully formatted citations in several popular formats!)
  • Share via Twitter or FB(?) or with a permalink
  • Improved navigation
  • Fulltext links
  • Save or email results
  • Advanced Search and Search History (Yes, it’s there) allows you to combine search lines

 Look for future articles on the NLM Technical Bulletin and on the NCBI Insights Blog.


Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP
Clinical Librarian - Library Services & Research
Consultant – Clinical Professional Development

Ascension Wisconsin
Ministry Health Care / Affinity Health System

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services 

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