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Updates from Europe PMC, a global database of life sciences literature

Europe PMC team

 | 12 May 2017

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Preprints and the ASAPBio “Central” Services

Europe PMC team

 | 12 May 2017

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Preprints and the ASAPBio “Central” Services

Jo McEntyre, EMBL-EBI; Thomas Lemberger, EMBO; Mark Patterson, eLife; Kristen Rattan, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation; Alfonso Valencia, Barcelona Supercomputer Centre. The use of preprints in the life sciences offers tantalising opportunities to change the way research results are communicated and reused, and the work of ASAPbio has been key in engaging the scientific community to promote […]

Europe PMC team

 | 28 April 2017

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Keeping track of published literature

Europe PMC team

 | 28 April 2017

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Keeping track of published literature

Modern scientists are busier than ever. Their typical days are filled not only with experimental work, but also with teaching, supervising, mentoring, grant applications, budget planning… The list goes on and on. No wonder there is barely any time left to stay on top of the field. Keeping track of published literature is made easier […]

Europe PMC team

 | 28 February 2017

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Sort it out: Sorting your search results with Europe PMC

Europe PMC team

 | 28 February 2017

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Sort it out: Sorting your search results with Europe PMC

Imagine you are exploring a new topic. You start by searching for relevant papers in the field. You type your query, click the search button, and end up with thousands of scientific articles, waiting to be read. How do you identify which papers to focus on? In Europe PMC, search results can be sorted differently […]

Europe PMC team

 | 20 December 2016

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Europe PMC – a year in review

Europe PMC team

 | 20 December 2016

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Europe PMC – a year in review

This has been a very busy and fruitful year for Europe PMC. With holidays approaching we take a look back at some of the Europe PMC achievements and milestones of 2016. We kicked off in January with a new, mobile-friendly homepage and information pages. The final design was based on user research in which we […]

Europe PMC team

 | 7 November 2016

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Growing connections: new Community Manager at Europe PMC

Europe PMC team

 | 7 November 2016

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Growing connections: new Community Manager at Europe PMC

What exactly is Europe PMC? How is it different from PubMed Central? What can I do with Europe PMC? Those are some of the questions I had myself when I first heard of Europe PMC. And now my task is to make sure that everyone can answer them easily. My name is Maria Levchenko and […]

Europe PMC team

 | 9 September 2016

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SciLite Annotations

Europe PMC team

 | 9 September 2016

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SciLite Annotations

Manual curation is vital for maintaining quality information in biological databases. However, with the exponential growth in biological data this approach is both challenging and time consuming. We wanted to create a scalable and sustainable process which could complement manual curation.    We recently launched a new service – SciLite – that allows text-mined annotations to be […]

Europe PMC team

 | 4 August 2016

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Academy of Medical Sciences joins Europe PMC

Europe PMC team

 | 4 August 2016

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Academy of Medical Sciences joins Europe PMC

We’re delighted to announce that the Academy of Medical Sciences has joined Europe PMC as a new funder, bringing the total funders to 27. The Academy of Medical Sciences represents the diverse spectrum of medical science – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its […]

Europe PMC team

 | 2 August 2016

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Search improvements

Europe PMC team

 | 2 August 2016

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Search improvements

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke Sometimes the changes we release on Europe PMC are not immediately obvious! For the last few months we’ve been working hard to migrate our search to a technology called Solr. Our search has been using a Lucene-based index and customised query handler for […]

Europe PMC team

 | 9 June 2016

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5 ways to use the new Grant Finder

Europe PMC team

 | 9 June 2016

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5 ways to use the new Grant Finder

We’ve recently launched a re-designed Grant Finder on Europe PMC. You can use the Grant Finder to search over 56,700 biomedical research grants, awarded to the 23,000 Principal Investigators supported by the 26 Europe PMC funders. Learn 5 ways to use the new Grant Finder: 1. Find a collaborator As a researcher, or student, you can find potential […]

Europe PMC team

 | 18 April 2016

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Europe PMC, Wikipedia and Wikidata – opportunities for deeper integration

Europe PMC team

 | 18 April 2016

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Europe PMC, Wikipedia and Wikidata – opportunities for deeper integration

Since our blog post last summer on the inclusion of Wikipedia as an external links provider, we have been lucky to host an intern, Tom Arrow,  who has spent the last few months investigating possible further connections between Wikimedia projects and Europe PMC. This post highlights some of the ways Tom has been exploring these […]

Europe PMC team

 | 11 January 2016

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Open Author Profiles at Europe PMC: ORCIDs in Action

Europe PMC team

 | 11 January 2016

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Open Author Profiles at Europe PMC: ORCIDs in Action

We are excited to announce the launch of the Europe PMC author profile pages! Based on your ORCID record, they provide a graphical overview of your publications in Europe PMC and your citation rate over time. With over 2.2 million articles in Europe PMC linked to about 172,000 unique ORCIDs, we expect this feature to […]

Europe PMC team

 | 7 January 2016

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New Year, New Look for Europe PMC

Europe PMC team

 | 7 January 2016

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New Year, New Look for Europe PMC

You may notice that the Europe PMC website looks a little different. Perhaps a little clearer, neater, bolder? More importantly, we also hope that it is easier to use and to find key information about Europe PMC. Yes: we have given the Europe PMC website a makeover to celebrate the New Year! In particular, we […]

Europe PMC team

 | 23 October 2015

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#OAweek 2015: Open access in numbers

Europe PMC team

 | 23 October 2015

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#OAweek 2015: Open access in numbers

For Open Access week 2015, we tweeted some number-related facts about Europe PMC, reproduced with a little additional context here. 1.  #EuropePMC has over 3,447,632 full text articles, with over 1,134,397 in the #openaccess subset http://europepmc.org/FtpSite #OAweek #OAinNumbers As well as full text articles, Europe PMC contains all of the 25.4M PubMed abstracts, plus additional […]

Europe PMC team

 | 24 September 2015

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Calling all bookworms…

Europe PMC team

 | 24 September 2015

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Calling all bookworms…

Europe PMC Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in life sciences, healthcare and medical humanities. It includes full text reports from government agencies, like the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the US’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and content allowed by participating publishers. Importantly it also includes scholarly monographs […]

Europe PMC team

 | 17 July 2015

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‘Let me count the ways.’

Europe PMC team

 | 17 July 2015

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‘Let me count the ways.’

Title quote from ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’, Sonnet 43, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Our relationship with ORCID personal identifiers blooms in a number of ways: ORCID Wizard Europe PMC was an early adopter of ORCIDs allowing researchers the ability to link articles to an ORCID using our easy-to-use article claiming Wizard. Not only can this […]

Europe PMC team

 | 24 June 2015

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IRIS, educated – more accurately, populated…

Europe PMC team

 | 24 June 2015

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IRIS, educated – more accurately, populated…

“Education doesn’t make you happy. And what is freedom? We don’t become happy just because we are free, if we are. Or because we have been educated, if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears. Tells use where delights are […]

Europe PMC team

 | 17 June 2015

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Wiki’d!: Links from Europe PMC articles to Wikipedia

Europe PMC team

 | 17 June 2015

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Wiki’d!: Links from Europe PMC articles to Wikipedia

Europe PMC has a new provider of External Links: links from articles on Europe PMC to related content on 3rd party websites. Our most recent addition provides links from over 300,000 articles to entries in Wikipedia: the free encyclopaedia. For example, from the article ‘Spinal subdural abscess following epidural steroid injection’, you can link (via […]

Europe PMC team

 | 10 June 2015

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A step towards open peer review

Europe PMC team

 | 10 June 2015

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A step towards open peer review

Peer review is the cornerstone of how we decide what research to publish. As currently implemented, it generally consists of two or three referees giving anonymous comments on a research article prior to publication … or … rejection. Much has been written about the failings of this process (a very small sample of illustrative references […]

Europe PMC team

 | 1 May 2015

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The Europe PMC funders’ group is expanding…

Europe PMC team

 | 1 May 2015

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The Europe PMC funders’ group is expanding…

We’re delighted that 2 new funders have joined Europe PMC, bringing the total to 28! The new funders are: Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of their 20,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as […]

Europe PMC team

 | 27 March 2015

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Access to Understanding 2015: Who Won What?

Europe PMC team

 | 27 March 2015

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Access to Understanding 2015: Who Won What?

With the Access to Understanding awards ceremony just about wrapping up, we can now announce the winners… First place was awarded to Philippa Matthews for her entry ‘Rolling back malaria: A journey through space and time’, which described research exploring the changing patterns of malaria risk across Africa. The piece was praised by our judges […]

Europe PMC team

 | 6 March 2015

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Vote now for the Access to Understanding People’s Choice Award

Europe PMC team

 | 6 March 2015

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Vote now for the Access to Understanding People’s Choice Award

We are excited to announce voting has now opened for Access to Understanding’s People’s Choice Award! The People’s Choice Award is an important part of the competition – since the entries are written for the public, we think they should be judged by the public. Click here or on the image below to read and vote […]

Europe PMC team

 | 9 February 2015

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Health care and health policy reviews now available: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Europe PMC team

 | 9 February 2015

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Health care and health policy reviews now available: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

More than 300 Cochrane Systematic Reviews, funded under the 2007 and 2010 UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grant programmes, are available on Europe PMC. This has been a collaborative project between Cochrane, Wiley, and the Europe PMC team, and has enabled us to make this subset of full-text reviews available to access […]

Europe PMC team

 | 7 January 2015

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Access to Understanding: Statistically Speaking

Europe PMC team

 | 7 January 2015

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Access to Understanding: Statistically Speaking

Access to Understanding is getting bigger and better every year. The 2015 science-writing competition attracted over 300 entries from all over the world. But don’t take my word for it, explore the map below to see where they came from and what they were about. Globalised Science With 227 submissions, the lion’s share of entries […]

Europe PMC team

 | 2 December 2014

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Innovation in Digital Publishing: blog series

Europe PMC team

 | 2 December 2014

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Innovation in Digital Publishing: blog series

Guest post from Lisa O’Sullivan, Director, Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health By now it’s axiomatic that the digital world poses new opportunities and challenges for researchers, libraries, educational institutions, and publishers, which must be engaged with digital formats in a sustained and thoughtful way. The realities of this landscape encompass challenges to […]

Europe PMC team

 | 11 November 2014

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Science-writing competition now open!

Europe PMC team

 | 11 November 2014

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Science-writing competition now open!

Enter a prestigious, international science-writing competition aimed at PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers. The winner will receive an iPad and have their entry published in eLife. Read on for more… For more information: http://EuropePMC.org/ScienceWritingCompetition Questions: Engagement@EuropePMC.org The competition is developed by the British Library, eLife and Europe PMC for Access to Understanding. It is supported by the Europe PMC […]

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