What is PubModel?

Ok I tried to read the NLM Tech Bull, New PubModel for PubMed Citations, but it was so packed full of jargon that my brain started to hurt.  I read it through several times then asked our cataloger what she understood of it.

This is what I was able to piece together. It is for online only journals and they will have two dates, the eCollection and the published date.  The eCollection date refers to when the article was deposited in PMC.

I have several thoughts…none of them pleasant.

First, it is pretty bad when the technical bulletin is confusing to the very readers it aims to inform.  I am not the only one who thinks it was confusing. Check out these responses to my quick question on Twitter.

 PubModel

Second, isn’t the term Electronic eCollection kind of redundant?

Finally, Does this solve the epub ahead of print mess or just add to the confusion?  To me it seems to add to the confusion. Not only do we have 2 different possible “publication” dates but their example article “was published online on January 25, 2013, yet was included in the Volume 3, 2012 collection as deposited in PMC.” Does anybody find that absolutely confusing?!  What is the correct citation for authors to use?! When was it really published?  Why is PMC not listing it when it was actually published by the journal on January 25, 2013!? 

How can I explain this to doctors when I can’t understand it and why it is being done? Please somebody comment because I befuddled.

 

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2 comments for “What is PubModel?

  1. J
    November 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    PubMed received complaints that online-only titles had bibstrings like 2013 Nov 13; 12(11):123-9. Print 2013 Nov.

    The PubMed solution is to identify the date that represents the Issue date as eCollection when the publisher chooses ecollection as their pubmodel.

  2. KraftyLibrarian
    November 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    While I am not a big fan of how we are handling online only articles, I am able to understand things a little bit better thanks to your explanation.

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