PubMed CSV option added

It looks like things are afoot at PubMed.gov. They've apparently added a CSV option for downloading citations. This is great and will facilitate people getting citations into spreadsheets. Having this new option sure beats that FLink thing.

I'm not sure it's totally up and running though as the RSS feed for their News and Noteworthy shows a link to a post called "CSV File Selection" from March 24th but there's no post there, it just redirects to the home page.

Interestingly, this all seems to have happened a few days after someone from the NIH – according to Google Analytics – spent a good bit of time on this blog looking for information on how to get PubMed citations into a spreadsheet. Boy, would I like to believe that had something to do with it!

Of course, the data in the CSV file is still limited and non-customizable. You still can't get abstracts, it seems. That makes no sense of course since it is available in the XML format. If they've already got the data in a granular fashion, why not offer users better options?

For now, if you want abstracts and customized output you can try PubMed2XL. By the way, I'll be uploading an updated version in a few days. I just moved to a new town and I'm not quite settled enough to update some documentation and do some light programming work.

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