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New PubMed

Best Match Default

Best Match will now be the default sorting when searching


What does this mean?

  • Default Sorting: Legacy PubMed defaulted to sorting results by Most Recent; New PubMed will now default to Best Match
  • Relevant Articles: This will help float more relevant articles to the top of your results list
  • Display Options: Use the Display Options in the top right-hand corner to switch to other sorting orders (e.g. Most Recent).  You can also switch to an Abstract view and adjust how many results will display on the page



Improved Synonymy

Best Match uses a special search algorithm to interpret your search and return the most relevant results.  In the New PubMed, Best Match has been improved to bring you back even better results.


What does this mean?

  • Improved Sensors - The system will do a better job at recognizing author names or article titles when you put them in the search box
  • Added Synonymy - The system will automatically search for common synonyms and other forms of your term.  For example, a search for lunch will also search for lunches and lunching.
  • British & American Mapping - The system will automatically search for the British spelling of common terms.  For example, a search for pediatrics will also search paediatrics.
  • Unlimited Truncation - The system will now search for an unlimited number of variations when using the truncation symbol.  Legacy PubMed cut off after 600 variations were found.

Unlimited Truncation

New PubMed now supports unlimited truncation


What does this mean?

  • When searching with the truncation symbol (*), New PubMed will now look for an unlimited number of variations.
  • Legacy PubMed would cut off after the first 600 variations.

For more information about how truncation works, check out the tutorial below.