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Changes to Ovid MEDLINE – April 2018

 

Changes to Ovid MEDLINE

Dear Ovid MEDLINE Customer:

We want to remind you of an important change that will be implemented on 1 June 2018 for MEDLINE on the Ovid platform. With the 2018 MEDLINE reload, the “Floating Subheading Word” (FX) field was added to Ovid MEDLINE. As announced in our reload communication on 22 January 2018, we will add this field to the default set of fields for unqualified free text searches (MP), in line with the search behavior on NLM’s PubMed.
The MP field-set for unqualified (or .mp.) searching will change from:
[mp=title, abstract, original title, name of substance word, subject heading word, keyword heading word, protocol supplementary concept word, rare disease supplementary concept word, unique identifier, synonyms]
To:
[mp=title, abstract, original title, name of substance word, subject heading word, keyword heading word, protocol supplementary concept word, rare disease supplementary concept word, unique identifier, synonyms, floating subheading word]

If an existing search strategy uses any of the floating subheading words (79 terms: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/topsubscope.html), this change may impact the results and/or AutoAlert results. Please see the example below, for the subheading “blood supply”. By repeating this communication, we want to ensure you have sufficient time to check your existing searches or alerts if you feel this is needed.

 

Search Results Type
Before 1 June on Ovid MEDLINE Blood supply.mp. 30193 Advanced
After 1 June on Ovid MEDLINE Blood supply.mp. 340023 Advanced


Secondly, on Friday 4 May 2018, we are changing the Complete Reference display for Ovid MEDLINE. Traditionally, Author information displayed before Title and Source. However, as the Author detail has drastically increased over the years, we will now display Title and Source information above the Author detail. You’ll also see this change in the display order for complete references when you export or download records from Ovid MEDLINE.

Feel free to contact Customer Support with any questions by sending an email to [email protected].

Regards,

Wolters Kluwer – Ovid