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Preview Upcoming Improvements to PubMed Central (PMC)

Preview Upcoming Improvements to PubMed Central (PMC). 2024 Mar-Apr;(457):e1.

2024 March 18 [posted]
2024 March 18 [Editor's note added]

[Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an announcement from NCBI Insights. To automatically receive NCBI announcements see the RSS Feeds & ListServs page]

Since announcing the launch of a more modern PubMed Central (PMC) website in March 2022, the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) continues to make improvements based on your feedback. We invite you to preview the latest improvements planned for the PMC website. These improvements will become the default in October 2024 and include an updated article display, enhanced PMC journal list, and other features to help you access information quickly and easily. Click on the "Try it out now" link in the banner on the top of any page to preview and experience these improvements for yourself.

Share Your Feedback

Let us know what you think and share your feedback using the yellow Feedback button located on the bottom of every PMC webpage. Your feedback is important as these improvements will become the default on the PMC website in October 2024.

What's changing?

  • Article Display:
    • An updated look and feel of the page to improve readability.
    • A streamlined citation display that more clearly indicates the date an article was first made available in print or electronic format, based on data provided to PMC. Other dates – such as submission, acceptance, and issue dates – can be viewed under the Article Notes section, which can be found under the article's authors.
    • Full article navigation is now provided in the right column, making it easier to jump to specific sections within the article and to find related article content, such as open peer review documents. The Associated Data section, which compiles related data content from an article, has been added to the article navigation menu.
    • A direct link to the article on the publisher's website in the Other Formats section has been added.

screenshot of an article from the journal, PLoS Biology, with improvements outlined in red
Figure 1: An example of article display with improvements outlined.

  • PMC Journal List:
    • The journal list now includes filters and updated labeling that make it easier to determine a journal's archiving status, including which of its content are included in PMC and whether it is still depositing content to the archive.
    • Each record in the journal list has a link to all articles in PMC from that journal—making it easier to navigate the nearly 10 million articles in PMC.

screenshot of PMC Journal list with improvements outlined in red
Figure 2: PMC Journal List with improvements outlined.

  • The updated PMC website runs on a modern cloud architecture, increasing the stability of the website.

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PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Library of Medicine. In keeping with NLM's legislative mandate to collect and preserve the biomedical literature, PMC is part of the NLM collection, which also includes NLM's extensive print and licensed electronic journal holdings and supports contemporary biomedical and health care research and practice as well as future scholarship. Learn more here.

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