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2009 MARCH–APRIL No. 367
April 03, 2009 [posted]

Author-First Paragraph Style Format for Citations Available in PubMed®

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In 2008, when the PubMed Summary display was changed to a title-first format, the Send to Text and Send to File options retained the author-first format (see Title Scanning Easier with New PubMed® Summary Format). The author-first format has now been modified to use a paragraph style — popular for references and bibliographies. It has the same information as the Summary display version with these differences: The notations, "No authors listed," "No abstract available," and the PubMed status (e.g., PubMed - in process) are not included, the PMID is preceded by the database name PubMed and the PubMed Central ID (if available) is included at the end.

In the future, this format will also be used for the display of items in My NCBI Bibliographies.

Examples of the PubMed Summary format for the Send to Text and Send to File options:

Forooghian F, Yeh S, Faia LJ, Nussenblatt RB. Uveitic foveal atrophy: clinical
features and associations. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Feb;127(2):179-86. PubMed PMID:
19204236; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2653214.

Chou JY, Mansfield BC. Gene therapy for type I glycogen storage diseases. Curr
Gene Ther. 2007 Apr;7(2):79-88. Review. PubMed PMID: 17430128; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC2553691.

By Annette M. Nahin
MEDLARS Management Section

Nahin AM. Author-First Paragraph Style Format for Citations Available in PubMed®. NLM Tech Bull. 2009 Mar-Apr;(367):e11.

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