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Table of Contents: 2018 NOVEMBER–DECEMBER No. 425

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Associated Data in PMC

Associated Data in PMC. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Nov-Dec;(425):b4.

2018 November 20 [posted]

[Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an announcement from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). To automatically receive the latest news and announcements regarding major changes and updates to NCBI resources and tools please see the subscribe page.]

The NLM Strategic Plan released earlier this year noted that "[c]reating efficient ways to link the literature with associated datasets enables knowledge generation and discovery." To that end, PubMed Central (PMC) is now aggregating data citations, data availability statements, and supplementary materials, as available, in an Associated Data box. This box will only display on articles that have one or more of these features in the article (see Figure 1).

The Associated Data box on the PMC record.
Figure 1: The Associated Data box on the PMC record.

To limit your search to records with an Associated Data box, you can use the new "Associated Data" facet on the search results page (see Figure 2).

The Associated Data facet in PMC.
Figure 2: Click on "Associated Data" under Article attributes to limit your search to records with an Associated Data box.

Exposing this content in a consistent format and in an easy-to-find and easy-to-access manner will help users more readily find the datasets they need to further accelerate discovery and advance health. As part of the ongoing commitment from NLM to making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable (FAIR), we encourage you to contact PMC with your feedback on these updates and with any other suggestions you may have for improving discovery of related data in PMC.

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