Where is the Full Text?
PubMed doesn’t contain full-text articles, but the records might contain links to publishers’ Web sites and other resources. Publishers decide whether their content is available for free or at a cost. Approximately 95 percent of the records in PubMed for articles published in the last five years link to the full article. Approximately 42 percent of the records in PubMed for articles published in the last five years contain links to free full text.
The records that you find in PubMed might also link to PubMed Central® (PMC), which is the NIH repository for:
- journal literature deposited by participating publishers, and
- author manuscripts that have been submitted in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, which ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research
You can access the articles in PubMed Central at no cost.
Your local medical library is your source for any articles you can't find freely online (as well as a wealth of other resources including training and search expertise).
Last Reviewed: May 13, 2019