The Bibliographic Services Division (BSD), a part of Library Operations at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), fosters expanded access of health information to health professionals and the general public by creating MEDLINE®, the NLM premiere citation database to biomedical literature references.
The Office of the Chief supports:
- Interactions with publishers and editors of biomedical journals and assisting the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC) in their review of journals for inclusion in MEDLINE. A list of committee members is available. A list of titles recently selected is also available.
- The production and management of drug information found in DailyMed and RxNorm
The Division is composed of two Sections:
- Index Section - creates and maintains the MEDLINE database containing citations to current articles from over 5,200 of the world's biomedical journals; coordinates the data review, indexing, and commentary content; and conducts research leading to more efficient forms of indexing and metadata application.
- MEDLARS Management Section (MMS) - responsible for coordinating the overall development and management activities for terminology products such as the Unified Medical Language Service (UMLS), the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), SNOMED CT and the Common Data Element Repository (https://cde.nlm.nih.gov/); creates and maintains the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary and associated MeSH tools; provides serials support for MEDLINE, PMC, Genbank and Author Manuscript titles; and supports NLM Chemical and Toxicological systems and services, such as ChemIDplus and PubChem.
Selected BSD Resources:
MEDLINE Journals and the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee
- MEDLINE Journal Selection Fact Sheet
- FAQ: Journal Selection for MEDLINE Indexing at NLM
- Currently Indexed MEDLINE Journals
- Journals Recently Accepted by NLM for Inclusion in MEDLINE
- MEDLINE Policy on Indexing Electronic Journals
- ICMJE Recommendations
- PIE-J: Presentation & Indentification of E-Journals
- Construction of National Library of Medicine Title Abbreviations
- Other Journal Resources
- Article Versions and MEDLINE/PubMed Citations
- Authorship in MEDLINE
- Errata, Retraction, Partial Retraction, Corrected and Republished Articles, Duplicate Publication, Comment, Update, Patient Summary and Republished (Reprinted) Article Policy for MEDLINE
- MEDLINE/PubMed Journal Article Citation Format
- Annual MEDLINE®/PubMed® Year-End Processing (YEP) Background Information
- Other Policies