Elizabeth --

What kind of discrepancies are you seeing? Is it when you are checking your results against the New PubMed interface?

Besides a tweaked UI, the new iteration of PubMed ( features a different default sort order ("Best Match") that can show slightly different results from the traditional Most Recent sort. Note, this happens not only with general searching, but even when retrieving known items.

I note this because the PubMed API returns items in Most Recent order by default and indeed can not show a Best Match view (I think it also uses the older iteration of Automatic Term Mapping). There has been communication from NLM/NCBI that a new version of the API is coming at some point, but I don't know about a schedule...

Edwin V. Sperr, MLIS

AU/UGA Medical Partnership

Office of Graduate Medical Education

Clinical Information Librarian

St. Mary’s Hospital

1230 Baxter Street

Athens, GA 30606

p: 706-389-3864

e: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> | [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>



Date:    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:35:07 -0500
From:    Elizabeth Huggins <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: PubMed API

Hi all,

I hope everyone is doing well during these ever-changing times. I work at a
health sciences library and we're using an NCBI's API (E-utilities)
<> to search PubMed. We work
with IT to use the API to retrieve our faculty's citations monthly. I've
noticed some discrepancies in the results of the API over the last few
months and I would be grateful for insight from anyone else using this API.

Here are a few of specific questions I have:

   - Does anyone else use NCBI's API in PubMed on a regular basis to
   retrieve faculty publications?
   - If so, what's your experience with it and how does your library
   - Has anyone encountered any challenges with the results of a regular

I'd love to hear from you and learn from your experience. Please email me
at [log in to unmask], my university email.

Thank you, and stay safe and well!

Elizabeth Huggins
MALIS '11<>