PoP 8 new features (2): New data-source PubMed

Week 2 of a weekly announcement of new features of Publish or Perish version 8

On the 1st of November 2021, nearly exactly 15 years after first launching Publish or Perish, we released version 8 of the software. After two months of "soft launch", we are now ready to publicise its new features. To do so, I will post about a new feature every Thursday. If you want a complete overview have a look at this blogpost: Publish or Perish version 8.

PubMed to facilitate COVID-19 research

Since version 6, Publish or Perish includes six data sources: Crossref, Google Scholar, Google Scholar Profiles, Microsoft Academic, Scopus and Web of Science. All six data sources cover the whole spectrum of disciplines, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Arts & Humanities, although at varying levels.

We have now added the first subject-specific data source: PubMed in order to facilitate research related to COVID-19. The PubMed search pane in Publish or Perish allows you to perform a PubMed advanced search and analyse its results; it contains a structured version of the parameters accepted by PubMed.

You can use Publish or Perish to do author, affiliation, journal, ISSN, title words, and keyword searches in PubMed, restricting the results by years if so desired. PubMed offers up to 1,000 results. PubMed doesn’t provide citations, so no metrics can be calculated beyond authors/paper.

Sample PubMed search

However, as can be seen in the screenshot above, it can be useful to find out what a particular university (or author) has published on COVID-19 or any other medical topic. You can make the search as broad or as narrow as you like as PubMed has a fairly flexible search syntax.

Note: Publish or Perish uses the PubMed advanced search to allow users to search for authors, journals, ISSNs, affiliations, title words, and keywords, as well as use year limitations. This mirrors the options available in the other data sources. The results of this search will be different from the results of the general PubMed search box on the website. This searches in all (40) available PubMed fields and thus provides very broad results that need to be filtered manually.

If you are confused about which data source to use, refer to this overview in the Publish or Perish Manual. It provides an overview of the eight data sources you can search through Publish or Perish. For detail on Author searches, Journal searches, General/keyword searches or Affiliation searches please refer to the relevant pages.

Download Publish or Perish version 8

You can download the latest version of Publish or Perish from the following pages:

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Support Publish or Perish

Development of the Publish or Perish software is a volunteering effort that has been ongoing since 2006, regularly adding new features and data sources and expanding use cases and geographical distribution.

To keep Publish or Perish free (gratis) for everyone, your contribution toward our costs of hosting, bandwidth, and software development is appreciated. If you find Publish or Perish useful, then this is your chance to say "thank you" to the developers.

You can support us by buying the Publish or Perish guide or tutorial and/or through a donation. Only one user out of every five thousand contributes (that is, only 0.02% of all users!), so any support is very welcome indeed. For more detail see: Support Publish or Perish.

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Publish or Perish guide (2010) GBP 14.95
Publish or Perish tutorial (2016) GBP 9.95

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