The New PubMed

PubMed comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is replacing the current version of the PubMed database with its newly re-designed version. The new PubMed version will become our default interface on March 16.

Until then, when you visit PubMed you will see a blue banner inviting you to try the new PubMed. Switching to new PubMed using this banner will allow you to try new PubMed, but “Get it @ R” links may not appear. To see “Get it @ R” links in new PubMed, please access new PubMed directly through the following URL:

Beginning March 16, when new PubMed becomes our default interface, “Get It @ R” links will appear in new PubMed by default.

Some of the big changes between legacy PubMed and new PubMed are:

  • A more modern-looking search interface
  • Search results sorted by a “best match” ranking by default not by the “most recent” ranking.
  • Citation creation tools: formats citations for an article in AMA, MLA, APA, or NLM style.

The new PubMed is richly featured, including advanced search, search details, search history, filters, My NCBI, links from MeSH, and more. It boasts some great new display, navigation, and output features in a truly responsive design that facilitates mobile access, including links to the full text when available from the publisher, PMC, or Rutgers University Libraries (via the “Get it @ R” button).

Improvements to retrieval include enhanced synonymy, addition of plural forms, better British/American translations, and unlimited truncation.

Here’s a link to the New PubMed Trainer’s Toolkit which includes annotated slide decks,  handouts, and

quick tours, to be used in workshops and sessions as the new interface rolls out.

Matt Badessa