May 16, 2022

PubMed Central Website (PMC) Has a Fresh Look: First Step in Ongoing Modernization Complete

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce an update to the user interface of its PubMed Central (PMC) digital archive—a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal articles. PMC’s fresh look and feel is the first step in an ongoing effort to modernize PMC, create a more accessible user experience across NLM literature databases, and enhance the long-term stability of the PMC infrastructure.

The update, informed by user feedback, includes a reorganized homepage, easy-to-navigate help documentation, and streamlined article display. You will notice a similar look and feel between features in PMC and PubMed, NLM’s biomedical literature citation database. Article pages in the new design link to a new section in the PMC User Guide that shows how to access features in the new article page layout.

PMC houses more than 7 million full-text records, spanning several centuries of biomedical and life science research, and is used by more than 3 million users every day.

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What Has Changed? 

Now when you visit PMC’s homepage, you will see:  

  • A redesigned and reorganized homepage  
  • Easy-to-navigate help documentation  
  • A similar look and feel between features in PMC and PubMed  
  • A streamlined article display  

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For now, the way you search on PMC and the display of the search results page will remain unchanged. In addition, users will have access to the classic view of the article for a few months as they adjust to the new site.  

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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.

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