The National Library of Medicine has announced that the new version of PubMed will become the default search platform on May 18, 2020. The "legacy" platform will remain available and continue to receive citation updates until September 30, 2020.
The new version has been available for approximately a year, with adjustments and improvements being made in response to user feedback. One of the most visible improvements is the responsive design of the new site. Responsive design means that the site can be used on any device - mobile, desktop, or tablet - with the same features and functionality. Previously, only a very basic version of PubMed was available on mobile.
Like the current version, the new PubMed provides access to bibliographic information that includes MEDLINE, as well as:
In other words, all MEDLINE citations can be found via PubMed, but PubMed searches may also include some non-MEDLINE articles.
Automatic Term Mapping has been augmented to include additional British and American spellings, singular and plural word forms, and other synonyms to provide more consistent and comprehensive search retrieval. To limit your search to the original term only, enclose the term in double quotes to disable Automatic Term Mapping, e.g., “color”.
Truncated terms are no longer limited to the first 600 variations of a term. This will increase retrieval in cases of a truncated term with more than 600 variations. A wildcard search is only available for 4 characters or more. Use a root word of at least 4 characters to search for all endings.
Truncation no longer causes a phrase search. For example, in legacy PubMed: breast feed* would cause a phrase search. To search for a phrase including a truncated term in the new PubMed, use the following formats:
The truncated term must be the last word in the phrase.
MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) terms are included in the searches generated by the Automatic Term Mapping process, but you may find that more direct searching with MeSH terms and subheadings is more effective.
The Advanced Search page allows you to:
The most popular filters are included on the sidebar by default. To display additional filters on the sidebar:
More information about filters:
*Filter selections may stick across searches or even search sessions. When you're starting a new search, check to see if there are Filters still applied from a previous search, and clear them before starting.
There are several new features for managing, viewing and sharing results:
See our EndNote Desktop Import Tutorials for step-by-step illustration of downloading citations to EndNote. The process will be similar for downloading to other citation managers.
The new version of PubMed is fully integrated with MyNCBI. Click on the Login button in the upper right corner of the PubMed screen. When you are logged in, you will see your username instead of the login button. The login screen provides three options: