An updated version of PubMed, under development for months, is scheduled to replace the current version in early 2020, but you can access the updated site now and try out some of the new features.
A simple search at the current PubMed site returns a page that looks like this:
With the current interface, you must click the article title to access the abstract to determine if the article provides information relative to your search.
The same simple search at the updated PubMed site returns a page that looks like this:
Search results at the updated site include text from the article abstract that may help you determine if the article is useful, potentially eliminating multiple clicks to abstracts of articles that don’t quite fit your search parameters.
Several other enhancements have been designed to streamline searching, saving, and sharing.
Results can be sorted by “most recent” (the current default at PubMed) or by “best match,” an innovation that has recently been added to the existing PubMed interface.
The Save button at the top of the page gives you five different ways (summary, RIS, PMID, abstract, CSV) to save all the search results or only the citations you select by checking the box next to the article title.
Similarly, the Email button provides the same options to email the search results—to yourself or to someone else.
The citation for an individual search result can be copied or downloaded in four formats, and each individual citation can be shared via Twitter or Facebook.
All those enhancements are on the primary search results page. Dig deeper for more features. When you click from the primary search results page to an abstract, additional improvements to the interface make it easier to discover related content, such as similar articles.
One of the most anticipated changes, however, is mobile optimization. The updated PubMed has been designed with a mobile-first, responsive layout that offers better support for accessing PubMed content with small-screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Ochsner Journal editorial staff members use PubMed every day. We’re looking forward to using these new features.