U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)
National Institutes of Health
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LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR NLM DATA

APPENDIX C:  MEDLINE®/PUBMED® MINIMAL DATA ELEMENT SET

The following elements, when present on the MEDLINE/PubMed record, are the minimal set required for display from Licensee’s products/services/applications when all of the following conditions exist:

1. Appendix B applies (that is, the Licensee’s products/services/applications are not based upon a static version of the data).

2. Licensee's product/service/application is a citation retrieval system displaying MEDLINE/PubMed citation data.

3. There is not a direct link from the data displayed to the corresponding record in PubMed at NLM.  (If there is a direct link from the data displayed in the Licensee’s product/service/application to the record in PubMed at NLM, display of all elements below in Licensee’s product/service/application is not required.)

Elements with "X" in the Search Status column must be searchable.


Element Name

Element Meaning

Search Status

AuthorList

Author(s)

PubDate

Date of publication

 

DateRevised

Date record last revised***

X

Pagination

Pagination

 

ELocationID
(optional if Pagination is present)

Electronic Location ID
(DOI and/or PII)

 

MedlineTA

Journal title abbreviation*

X

ArticleTitle

Title of article**

X

PMID

Unique identifier***

X

Volume

Journal Volume

 

Comments/Corrections

Commentary, erratum, retraction, etc.

 

*Full journal title (element name = Title) may be used instead.
**Individual words in article title must be directly searchable.
***May be suppressed in publicly available applications but must be searchable internally (for quality assurance purposes).