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September 11, 2009 [posted]
September 30, 2009 [Editor's note added]

Preview of PubMed® Redesign Coming

[Editor's note: A feedback link (only on the preview-version) can be used to send comments. No replies can be made; use the Help Desk link if you need a reply.]

The redesign of the PubMed interface was announced in May (see: PubMed® Redesign 2009). Very soon a link on the PubMed homepage will connect to a preview version. The preview version will enable users to try out the new interface and is expected to run for at least two weeks after which PubMed will exist in the redesigned version. No changes to URLs will be necessary.

One aspect of the redesign affects display formats. There will be three of interest to most users: Summary, Abstract, and MEDLINE. The AbstractPlus and Citation formats will be retired as the Abstract format will combine aspects of both, e.g., Related Articles titles and MeSH® vocabulary. Any saved searches or links that were created with the Citation or AbstractPlus formats will eventually default to the new Abstract format.

A number of changes will be made to Advanced Search and My NCBI as a result of the redesign.

Watch for an upcoming article with more information about the redesign.

By Annette M. Nahin
MEDLARS Management Section

Nahin AM. Preview of PubMed® Redesign Coming. NLM Tech Bull. 2009 Sep-Oct;(370):e9.

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