PubMed is a platform on which people can access medical journals. It's a search engine that helps find science journals on a database of NLM (National Library of Medicine), specifically biomedical and clinical journals.
simple words, it’s the google of medical journals. It helps prospective medical professionals and current medical professionals to gain more knowledge and know the latest developments in the medical world.
While Medline and PubMed are often used as interchangeable terms, they are technically not the same thing. Medline is the largest database component (approximately 90%) within PubMed.
PubMed is a free platform aiding the search and retrieval of biomedical and life sciences data with the sole aim of improving health–both globally and personally.
The PubMed database contains more than 30 million excerpts and introductions of biomedical data. It does not have complete-text journal reports; however, links to the full article are often present in it when retrieved from other sources, such as the publisher's website or PubMed Central (PMC).
Commendations in PubMed primarily originates from biomedicine and other health disciplines, and related fields such as life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering, etc. PubMed facilitates searching across several NLM literature resources, namely MEDLINE, PMC, Bookshelf.
We now know what PubMed is and the basics of what it does. It’s a magnifying glass that helps you look for the right needle in the right haystack. But what does it stand for? PubMed is an acronym for Public/Publisher MEDLINE. It’s Public and anyone can access it.
MEDLINE is the biggest database of PubMed and contains primarily references from journals selected for MEDLINE; articles are typically indexed with MeSH (Medical Subject Headings).
MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine(NLM’s) top cataloged directory that consists of more than 25 million references to articles in various life sciences with a heavy concentration on biomedicine.
According to the official website of NLM (National Library of Medicine) there are approximately 30000 journals listed on the PubMed engine. This list is updated daily and includes all MEDLINE titles as well as other non-MEDLINE titles in PubMed.
PubMed journal list covers the entire length of MEDLINE, not just the currently cataloged journals. This means that you can straightaway access a whopping 30000 medical journals.
You have the ability to access so much knowledge at the click of a button. So many journals on your fingertips.
A few notes about the PubMed journal list:
This question is a bit tricky. The general consensus varies from yes and now but there are more yeses than nos. So the majority of journals are peer-reviewed. Generally speaking, if you happen to discover a journal citation in Medline/PubMed you should be good.
The answer to the question of whether PubMed is a credible source is yes. PubMed delivers a publicly available search engine platform for MEDLINE as well as other NLM sources of knowledge, making it the leading origin for biomedical literature and one of the most widely available resources in the world.
The best way to confirm whether the journal in question is peer-reviewed or not by simply doing a web search on the journal-title and looking at the journal's website.
Officially access to PubMed is free. Anyone can access the PubMed search engine. The full-text articles are a whole new story though. Most of the full-body texts are free for consumption but some texts filled with knowledge have a price. Access to some articles will be free. Access to others will require payment. The PubMed archive access itself is free but some of the stuff in it is not.
To check your journal’s indexing status, search the NLM Catalog and look for the “Current Indexing Status” field. If you cannot find your journal in the NLM Catalog or if your journal is not currently indexed, then it probably needs to apply for journal selection. The Journal Selection fact sheet describes the policy, selection criteria, and application process.
The answer to this question is Yes. PubMed has been available for public use since 1997. It is the largest archive for databases containing full body texts of medical journals. Some are peer-reviewed and some are not. Some are free and some are paid.
The PubMed system was offered to the public for free use from the summer of 1997.
If your journal is in MEDLINE/PubMed, then it has presumably gone through an extensive evaluation and has earned a badge of legitimacy. PubMed inclusion has been used, for example, as an incentive for journals to include themselves in PubMed Central, eroding the idea that PubMed is a neutral arbiter of quality.
PubMed is sometimes considered a better engine than Google Scholar so that gives you a rough idea of how good and reliable PubMed is.
We know that PubMed itself is free but the articles in it might or might not be free. It depends on which article you chose to study.