They redesigned PubMed, a beloved website. It hasn’t gone over well

They redesigned PubMed, a beloved website. It hasn’t gone over well
PubMed , the massive database of biomedical literature maintained by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), is one of the U.S. governments most popular websites, with some 2 million users daily. So when something at PubMed changes, it doesnt go unnoticed.

Unfortunately for the sites caretakers, however, a sweeping redesign unveiled this week has left many PubMed users fumingand airing their sometimes curse-laden complaints on social media.

No. Hate at first sight. Also second and third, replied biologist David Suter of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne,in just one of hundreds of similar tweets that quickly came in responsesome unprintable on family-friendly websites. And by 22 May, the original tweet from the Weinshenker lab had racked up more than 1600 likes.

Many of the complainers decry PubMeds new styling and layout, the way it displays search results, and its supposedly enhanced search algorithms. HERES THE NEW PUBMED YOU DIDNT ASK FOR. ITS GOING TO MAKE YOUR EYES BLEED AND KILL YOUR SOUL. #bringbackoldpubmed, tweeted Paul Jenkins, a molecular biologist at the University of Michigan Medical School.

The Drug Monkey blog had a more specific complaint:

"best match" for my name - first five includes two where I m not senior author. In what world is that a best match?

Molecular biologist Richard Ebright, meanwhile, urged PubMed users to demand a return to an older version:

NCBI has destroyed PubMed.

Click feedback link at lower right corner of "new" PubMed homepage to inform NCBI that you reject the new interface and to demand permanent optional availability of the "legacy" interface.

Others offered a more nuanced take, noting that nearly every redesign of a popular website is initially criticized before people learn to live with it.

I also hate new pubmed, but being closer to the tech/website side of things now, updates are needed for many reasons & often make the site better in the long run. Its just hard to relearn something that had become second nature.

When asked to comment on such feedback, a spokesperson for the National Library of Medicine, which encompasses NCBI, directed


Insider to NLM blog posts about the redesign. They note the remake aimed to provide PubMed users with a modern interface, easier navigation, and better search results based on machine learning algorithms. And in a January post, Bart Trawick, NCBIs director of customer services, noted that: Whether you think the new version of PubMed is the bees knees just the way it is, or you have a great insight on how to make it betterwe will be waiting to hear from you.

That wait is apparently over. And on 21 May, NLM Director Patricia Brennan took to Twitter to encourage PubMed users to record their thoughts on its feedback form . The agency understands users may be experiencing some issues with the transition, she wrote. As a result, it is now considering providing short-term access to PubMeds legacy, preimproved version.
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