PubMed is getting an overhaul. The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020. Try it now and submit feedback—they’re still in active development and will prioritize features based in part on feedback from users.
Among the benefits of the new design:
- Mobile friendly – Truly responsive design for a better mobile experience. Half of their users are already coming from mobile.
- Quick cite – Cite feature to easily copy and paste a full citation in one of 4 styles, including AMA and APA.
- Prev/Next buttons – Browse through results without needing to hit the back button and picking the next one off the results list.
- Improved citation sensors – You should be able to more reliably copy and paste full citations into PubMed. Useful when you’re trying to pull full text from another paper’s reference list.
- RIS output – The save feature now includes this standard format for use with citation managers like EndNote, F1000 Workspace and RefWorks.
- Enhanced synonymy – Type Parkinson’s, and it will search for Parkinsons, Parkinsonian, etc. It also provides better coverage of British and American variations. Caveat: check search details on the Advanced Search page. It may be overzealous, e.g., a search for surgery usefully including operation, but also irrelevant variations like operator.
- Unlimited truncation – Systematic Reviewers will love unlimited truncation! It’s no longer limited to the first 600 variations when using the asterisks (*) with four or more initial characters, e.g., vacc* for vaccinates, vaccination, etc.
- Improved Best Match (ML) – The default sort order is “best match.” If you’re doing a systematic review, turn that off. It’s a machine-learning algorithm so it can change over time and is therefore not reproducible. Don’t use it for systematic reviews!