Library Blog

NLM will release a new NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System

The NIH will  release a new NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System in early 2020. This system is used to submit NIH funded publications to be entered into PubMedCentral as part of their open access policy using method C or D. For more information on the new release  including a video please see: 

While the basic steps (submitting, reviewing, approving) will stay the same, a new user interface will:

  • simplify the login process for returning users
  • provide contextual assistance throughout the process
  • include user-friendly options for:
    • importing article metadata
    • request corrections
    • ablilty to take over the reviewer role for stalled submissions

For more information on the NIHMS process see:

The new PubMed is now available!

PubMed ( has updated their look with a more responive layout that supports small-screen devices including mobile phones and tablets. While the look is different the same features that you found in the legacy version are still availble including:

  • Filters to access and customize
  • Create alerts and save searches
  • Advanced search page
  • Save publications to add to My Bibligroaphy in NCBI, email OR download citations in an RIS file to add to a reference manager

See the NLM Techincal Bulletin for all of the changes and updates. 

See also:

The legacy version of PubMed (  will continue to work until Spring 2020.

Did you know you can customize PubMed using My NCBI?

After signing up for a free My NCBI account in PubMed (click Register for an NCBI account under the Sign In button), you can customize the appearance including but not limited to:  

See Using Preferences in the My NCBI Help Internet book for all of the ways you can adjust PubMed to your own preferences.

In the screenshot below see how this page was customized to highlight the search words in pink, add the abstract to the view in Format, show up to 50 results per page, filters were adjusted to show specific Article types, Text availability and Species:

Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month at our Open House!

Did you know October is National Medical Librarians Month?  Come celebrate with your colleagues and meet the library staff at the Pratt Research Library during our open house on Monday, October 21st from 11am-2pm.  Enjoy cake and coffee with us in S9.100 and learn more about our library and resources by testing yourself on our library facts and viewing our archival displays with tangible pieces of our amazing history at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Come enjoy a treat and celebrate with your Pratt Library colleagues!

keep calm and ask a medical librarian

New features continue to be added to PubMed Labs

PubMed is getting a new look early next year including a new hompage, online user guide and much more. PubMed Labs, the test site, has been set up for users to try it out before it is released.

  • Read about the new features added in the NLM Technical Bulletin
  • Take a look at PubMed Labs (remember any work done here won't be saved-it is a test enivornment)

Pratt Library Orientation 10/8-Seats Still Available!

Join us for a quick Pratt Library orientation on 10/8 from 10:00-10:30am. This course provides an overview of services and resources available from Pratt Research Library. It is intended for new employees, those new to using library resources, and those interested in refreshing their knowledge of Pratt Library.
Please register in ELM by going to My Hub > My Learning and search for

  • Activity Code PS_07250_20191008_1000_CR_BRNT
  • Pratt Research Library Orientation

APA 7th Publication Manual to be released October 2019

My PhotoCheck out the latest changes in the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:
The first announced change released is that there will be only one space after a period at the end of a sentence!
The APA Style Blog (the official companion to the manual) will be updated in the coming weeks with the latest changes to this new edition:
Follow this searchable blog or twitter ‎@APA_Style if you are interested in helpful tips from APA experts year round! Watch this space for information on where you can get your hands on a library copy once it is released. 

NLM introduces MAGPIE web tool

MAGPIE (Map Assisted Generation of Procedure and Intervention Encoding) was released on 5/28/2019 by the NLM. This interactive tool enables users (including professional coders, research, clinicians) to find SNOMED CT  (designated clinical terminology in the U.S. for clinical problems and procedures in the electronic health record) and ICD-10-PCS (codes for medical procedures and interventions-2018 version) for medical procedures as well as interventions. For more information and how to use it: