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DOCLINE-L Email Discussion List

List Description
List Guidelines
Posting Messages
List Commands (digest, nomail ...)
Getting Help

List Description

DOCLINE-L is an email discussion list available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  DOCLINE-L is restricted to registered DOCLINE® users. It provides a forum for DOCLINE users to communicate with each other about any issue related to DOCLINE or resource sharing among the greater biomedical library community. The list is unmoderated; however, postings are limited to list subscribers. The DOCLINE-L Archives allow users to search list postings, modify subscription options, and post messages.

NOTE: DOCLINE users wishing to receive announcements about DOCLINE from NLM should subscribe to DOCLINE-L

We recommend that DOCLINE libraries also subscribe to their regional discussion lists for important regional announcements in addition to subscribing to NLM's DOCLINE-L Archives (to receive messages affecting all DOCLINE users).

Join DOCLINE-L (Return to Top of Page)

To subscribe to the DOCLINE-L discussion list, please send the following text in the body of an email to:


You will receive a confirmation message from the list management software. Once you respond to this acknowledgement message, you will receive a message from the DOCLINE Team welcoming you to DOCLINE-L. DOCLINE-L provides various subscription options which are set via list commands or through the DOCLINE-L Archives. Before posting for the first time subscribers should review the list guidelines.

To leave the DOCLINE-L discussion list, please send the following text in the body of an email to:


To change your subscription address, go to

List Guidelines (Return to Top of Page)

Please read and follow the DOCLINE-L guidelines shown below before posting messages to the list.  The guidelines establish a common understanding of expected subscriber conduct and of list content.  These guidelines do not replace common sense, professionalism, and respect for your fellow subscribers.


Do Not

Read the DOCLINE support articles prior to posting a question.

Post ILL requests unless you have exhausted all DOCLINE routing options to request ILL material.

Search the list archives prior to posting a question.

Post temporary closure notices.  Use the DOCLINE Out of Office feature to prevent requests from routing to your institution.

Identify yourself and your institution.  Include your full name, title, email address, institution name, and institution's LIBID in your posting.

Ask if system is down.  Please use Contact DOCLINE or call 888-FINDNLM (301-594-5983).

Be concise

Report specific problems.  Please use the Contact DOCLINE form to document a possible problem with DOCLINE.

Use descriptive subject lines.  When replying, edit the original subject line as necessary.

Post conference announcements, post advertisements, including notices of document delivery services, or job postings.

Keep messages within the scope of this list.

Post messages containing defamatory, abusive, profane, offensive language, or illegal material.

When replying, include only those parts of the message to which you are replying.

Post materials protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner.

Send personal replies to the individual, not to the entire list.  Personal replies include messages like "Thank You," "I agree," "Good point."

Use 'auto-reply' for list postings as these may be distributed to all subscribers.  Use the 'nomail' feature or set your 'auto-reply' so that list postings do not receive the auto-generated message.

Remember that your fellow subscribers are human.  Be tolerant of mistakes.

Post test messages to the list.

Summarize responses to the list.  When posing a question to the list, ask for personal responses and then summarize answers to the list.

Include signature attachments, as many email systems cannot properly view them or will strip them.

Send messages in plain text only.  Some email systems cannot properly display HTML or Rich Text messages.

Include images or other file attachments.


Posting Messages (Return to Top of Page)

To post messages to DOCLINE-L, use the address:

Subscribers may also post messages directly from the DOCLINE-L Archives.

Note: Posting to the list is restricted to subscibers of the DOCLINE-L list. Subscription is based solely on your email address from which you subscribed as it appears in the From: address of your sent messages.

List Commands (Return to Top of Page)

The following are some of the most commonly used commands for LISTSERV subscribers. When using these commands always:

Send the command(s) in an email message addressed to:

Type the command(s) in the body of the message with no subject line.

If you are sending more than one command in the message, use one line for each command.

Command line





subscribes you to the list specified



removes you from the specified list



stops incoming mail from specified list
restarts mail from the list



subscriber receives a digest of messages
messages are received as they are posted



sends confirmation when you post to the list
cancel confirmation messages
subscriber receives copy of own postings



retrieves a list of LISTSERV® commands



retrieves your current subscription settings

Getting Help (Return to Top of Page)

· For questions about the DOCLINE-L list or for help subscribing, unsubscribing, or submitting to a list, contact the listowner at:·

· For general LISTSERV questions, contact the NIH LISTSERV administrators at:

· For questions or problems with DOCLINE, contact DOCLINE Support


Last Reviewed: February 16, 2024