Changes to PubMed Linking

We regret to report that UCL Libraries has changed the method of linking to articles on PubMed and there is no longer an option for the UCL tab or filter.

Instead of the UCL filter, you will now see an SFX link at the top right of the abstract screen in every PubMed record. When you click on the SFX button, you’ll either see a link (or links) to the full text, or a statement that the full text isn’t available. In the latter case, you can check UCL’s print holdings, and you can also check holdings in other libraries.

This means that there is now no longer an option for a UCL filter. You can use UCL’s custom URL – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?otool=iukucllib  or access it from the link on our homepage – to access the version of PubMed containing SFX links. Alternatively, you can configure your PubMed preferences to show SFX links. To do so:
  • sign into MyNCBI
  • clear any UCL filter in your personal MyNCBI account
  • select NCBI Site Preferences at the top right of the MyNCBI screen
  • under PubMed Preferences, click on Outside Tool.
  • click the radio button next to UCL (University College London) – SFX
Unfortunately this change means the SFX link does not immediately identify UCL full-text journals in the way the "UCL tab" used to.

We are very interested to hear your reactions to this change and would appreciate comments being posted on this blog so we can monitor feedback.


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