PubMed Central = PMC

US PubMed Central renamed PMC, adopts new web page design – 06 Aug 2012

PubMed Central, the repository of the US’ National Institutes of Health, has shortened its name to PMC in a bid to avoid being confused with PubMed. It has also gone for a new look and feel, and has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. The redesign is seen to allow for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.

For instance, the journal logo is on the page centre, with additional white space. The navigation links are designed to be more compact while the font colours are more uniform across the site. The article pages have also been enhanced by a more compact presentation for article front matter, featuring links to author information, article notes and copyright and licence information.

The views for tables and figures have been enhanced. Other improvements to the new article page include easier readability and navigation, including links to the various article formats, and to the corresponding article citation in PubMed as well as to those PubMed citations that are related to the article.

There is also an enhanced look for bibliographic citations that are referenced in the article. Finally, at the top of each section of an article, the “Go to” navigation links offer a drop down menu that takes the reader to any section more quickly and easily, whether it’s the Abstract, Introduction, Discussion, or any others within the article page.

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Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Aug. 6, 2012

Petition for Public Access to all Publicly-funded Research

ASU (Arizona State University) Libraries have posted a concise piece about Open Access to scholarly research in ” The Library Channel” newsletter:

There is a video and a link to more information as well as the petition at

Freely share the data and the knowledge!


PubMed bibliographic records are enhanced by Images from NCBI

“The PubMed Abstract display for PubMed Central® articles will be enhanced to include an image strip generated from the soon-to-be-released National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Images database.”  To see an example, click on the linked article below:


Canese K. PubMed® Display Enhanced with Images from the New NCBI Images Database. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Sep-Oct;(376):e14.

UK PubMed Central catching up with US version

"Research institutions to further develop the UK PubMed Central website – 18 Sep 2008

Eight leading biomedical research funding organisations, including Government bodies, Research Councils and Charities, have approved funding to further develop the UK PubMed Central website ( over the next three years. The development will be carried out by the British Library, the University of Manchester and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), in close consultation with the UK’s biomedical and health researchers.

Since being launched in January 2007, the UKPubMed Central has expanded to offer 1.3 million full-text, peer-reviewed research papers through its online digital archive. The new and improved features will include direct links to the 18 million records currently available on the US version of PubMed as part of the European Bioinformatics Institute’s CiteXplore bibliographic tool; new ways to extract biological information from research papers using text analysis and data-mining tools; an easy-to-use, intuitive interface; and access to content not included in traditional journal literature – clinical guidelines, technical reports and conference proceedings. These developments are projected to significantly enhance UK PubMed Central’s accessibility and make it a valuable first point of call for the UK’s life sciences researchers.

UK PubMed Central is part of a network of PubMed Central (PMC) International repositories. Based on PMC, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, UK PubMed Central provides a stable, permanent, and free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications.

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From Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Nature Publishing Group — free archive service for authors

 Nature Publishing Group announces free service to archive on behalf of authors09 Jul 2008

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, is initiating a free service to help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates. The service, slated for launch later this year, will initially be open to authors publishing original research articles in Nature, the Nature research titles and the clinical research section of Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine. NPG will then extend the service to society and academic journals in its portfolio that wish to participate.

The publisher has encouraged self-archiving, including in PubMed Central, since 2005. Later this year, NPG will begin depositing authors’ accepted manuscripts with PubMed Central (PMC) and UK PubMed Central (UKPMC), meeting the requirements for authors funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and a number of other major funders in the US, the UK and Canada who mandate deposition in either PMC or UKPMC. NPG hopes to extend the service to other archives and repositories in future.

For eligible authors who opt-in during the submission process, NPG will deposit the accepted version of the author’s manuscript on acceptance, setting a public release date of 6-months post-publication. There will be no charge to authors or funders for the service.

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Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter

PubMedCentral — Open Access journals increasing

"40 new journals have been added to PubMedCentral in the last 60 
days!  Of these, 22 or more than half contribute content immediately, 
and an additional 6 make content available within the NIH 12-month 
timeline, for a total of 70% of these new journals facilitating 
compliance with the NIH policy."
From Heather Morrison, MLIS
"The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics"

Via Patty Gaspari-Bridges, Head of Science Libraries


Rockefeller University Press subscribes to Creative Commons

"Authors of papers published in Rockefeller University Press journals (The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, or The Journal of General Physiology) now retain copyright to their published work. This permits authors to reuse their own work in any way, as long as they attribute it to the original publication. Third parties may use our published materials under a Creative Commons license, six months after publication. "  (Intro to Editorial)

"Rockefeller University Press has just announced that it will follow a 
Creative Commons license for its journals.   An explanatory editorial 
by the executive editor of The Journal of Cell Biology and the 
executive director of the press is online at:  "

Ray English
Director of Libraries
Oberlin College