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Table of Contents: 2020 JULY–AUGUST No. 435

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Create RSS Feeds in PubMed

Collins M. Create RSS Feeds in PubMed. NLM Tech Bull. 2020 Jul-Aug;(435):e1.

2020 July 15 [posted]

The ability to create an RSS feed is available in the new PubMed (see New PubMed to Replace Legacy PubMed in Mid-May for more information). The "Create RSS" link is available after running a search (see Figure 1).

screen shot of summary display.
Figure 1: Create RSS is available after you run a search.

Your search terms will appear in the "Name of RSS Feed" box. You may edit the feed name and change the number of items to display before clicking "Create RSS" (see Figure 2).

screen shot of RSS feed options.
Figure 2: Choose your RSS feed options.

After you click on Create RSS, the RSS feed link will appear (see Figure 3).

screen shot of feed link.
Figure 3: Copy the feed link to use with your feed reader.

Copy this link to use with your feed reader. Once you subscribe to the PubMed RSS feed you will receive updates in your RSS feed reader.

Redirect of legacy feeds

RSS feeds created in legacy PubMed will be redirected to the new PubMed on or after January 1, 2021.

If you have created RSS feeds in legacy PubMed, you do not need to recreate them in the new system. They will be automatically redirected in January.

Technical notes

In response to user feedback, the RSS feature in the new PubMed returns complete search results and no longer uses the My NCBI "What's New" strategy that is used for saved search alerts. The "What's New" strategy only showed results that were generated since the previous update. The new service follows standard practice for RSS feeds, retrieving all results in a continuous list.

The XML generated by the new PubMed "Create RSS" feature is not the same format as the RSS XML generated by legacy PubMed; however, feed readers will accept either format.

NLM is unable to provide support for RSS readers or to test this service with a specific reader. Users interested in using this technology or who need technical support should refer to the feed reader documentation or enlist the help of their computer support staff.

By Marie Collins
National Center for Biotechnology Information

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