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September 20, 2011 [posted]

Structured Abstracts in MEDLINE Web Resource Page Updated

The Structured Abstracts resource page available from the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) Web site has been updated. The main change is an updated list of structured abstract labels verified by NLM and the broader category mappings assigned by NLM. This updated list can be downloaded for free from this site which also provides NLM guidelines and other background information to assist licensees or researchers.

The Updated Label List and NLM Category Mappings file contains 1,645 labels: 1,456 original labels (from the 2011 Label List) and 189 new labels. Each label has a corresponding broader NLM Category map, and an indication of whether the label is classed as an "Ending Label" concept. The only change to the original 1,456 label entries is the addition of a timestamp of "|20100629". The new 189 label entries have a timestamp of "|20110825".

Other changes related to the release of the newly updated file of structured abstract labels include:

By Lou S. Knecht
Bibliographic Services Division
James G. Mork and Anna M. Ripple
Cognitive Science Branch
Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

Knecht LS, Mork JG, Ripple AM. Structured Abstracts in MEDLINE Web Resource Page Updated. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Sep-Oct;(382):e7.

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