May 16, 2022

Now Available: New Experimental PubMed Search and User Interface in PubMed Labs

From the NLM Tech Bulletin:

2017-10-19_20-00-42The National Library of Medicine (NLM) needs your input. We are experimenting with a new PubMed search algorithm, as well as a mobile-first user interface, and want to know what you think. You can try out these experimental elements at PubMed Labs, a Web site created for the testing potential new PubMed features and gathering user opinions.

Please note that PubMed Labs includes only a limited set of features at this time and not the full set of PubMed tools. The absence of a feature or tool on PubMed Labs does not mean we plan to eliminate it from PubMed; it simply means we are not testing it now!

The key elements we are testing are:

  • A New Search Algorithm for Ranking (Ordering) the Best Matches To Your Query
  • Mobile-first, Responsive Design User Interface
  • Snippets From Article Abstracts & Highlighted Search Terms/Synonyms

Direct to Complete Overview

Direct to PubMed Labs Experiments

See Also: PubMed Labs Now Part of NCBI Labs (October 3, 2017)

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