Options to display, sort, and analyze search results in PubMed

As of May 18th, 2020, PubMed has made their new system and user interface the default site. The old version of PubMed, referred to as legacy PubMed, will continue to run for a while before eventually being retired.

While many of the features and functions remain the same, here are some changes to the results page.


  1. New PubMed separates the “Send to” button into “Save,” “Email,” and “Send to” buttons.
  2. Results are automatically sorted by “Best match” instead of “Most Recent.” This can be changed by clicking “Display Options.”
  3. Results are now displayed by year in a bar graph. You can download this data to see the number of results by year.
  4. Search results now include the full author list and other citation details.
  5. Search results now include a brief summary to help users determine the relevancy of the article before opening it.
  6. “Cite” and “Share” buttons have been added. The “Cite” button generates a downloadable citation in several different formats. Users can use the “Share” button to share citations to Facebook or Twitter or create a permalink to share anywhere.

A screenshot of the new PubMed search results interface

Sidebar Menu

  1. “Cite” and “Share” buttons from the results page can also be seen here.
  2. “Prev Result” and “Next Result” buttons allow the user to page between different search results without having to return to the main result page. You can hover over the buttons to see details of the next or previous result.
  3. There is a new section under “Page Navigation” called “Associated Data”. This section used to be called “Secondary Source IDs” and includes databanks and accession numbers such as GenBank, figshare, and ClincalTrials.gov. You can also see this section when viewing search results in the “Abstract” display option. You can change the display option by clicking “Display options” on the results page (see box #2 in the above picture).

A screen capture of the new PubMed navigation

For more information about using the new PubMed, check out the user guide.

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