January 19, 2022

First Public Version of PubMed Commons Now Live on PubMed Central

Today’s launch announcement follows the completion of a closed beta that began in October. Here’s our post from October 22, 2013.

From Today’s Announcement  (via PubMed Commons Blog):

On each abstract page, there’s now a section called PubMed Commons. It’s a forum for scientific discussion on publications open to any authors in the world’s largest biomedical literature database.

Several hundred comments have been made during a closed pilot in the last few months.

But there are over 23 million articles in PubMed, with thousands more pouring in every day, from Tuesday to Saturday. So the chance of coming across an article with comments is still very low.


Anyone can read the comments. Members may also have rated their helpfulness.


If you are the author of any publication in PubMed, you are eligible to join PubMed Commons now. PubMed Commons is a pilot, beginning an evaluation phase. Through that time, we’ll be exploring possible ways to widen participation.

More in the Complete Blog Post

Direct to PubMed Commons FAQ

See Also: How Can I Join PubMed Commons?

See Also: PubMed Central Guidelines

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.