“Comments” Now On PubMed --- Adding Your Own Two Cents Is Now An Option



You may or may not know that you can leave comments in PubMed. 

You say you haven’t seen any comments? Possibly because by the end of the first week of January there were only around 400 articles with comments. Expect that number to change. 

Did you just roll your eyes and say “well now every tom, dick or harry off the street can pontificate to their heart’s content.” Not exactly. You have to be an author of an article already in PubMed and you have to be registered in PubMed Commons (TIP: If you’ve had an NIH grant you may already be registered.) So, no anonymous and no pseudonymous comments.

And the Commons is not just for critiques and online discussions. You can amend and track your own articles, too. What else can you do:

·         add a link to supplementary materials you’ve posted elsewhere http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/faq/#linktooutside

·         link to other articles or sites http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/faq/#connectarticles

·         track who is commenting on your articles http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/faq/#someonecommented


Will this become a forum for challenging discussions? (emphasis on “civil” and not “rowdy”) Or will people use it mostly to amend and supplement their articles? Perhaps it will just go bye-bye and die an ignominious death like Spiral Frog.  Stay tuned.


Questions or comments about the Commons? Send them to the PubMed Help Desk. They’d like to hear what you think…really, they would. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have given us a “Help Desk” thing-a-ma-bob up in the corner.


Many thanks to my eye-in-the-medical-world sky to Sue Woodson, Director of the Welch Digital Collection, for bringing this info my way.


Alonzo LaMont



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