Yesterday, we released our final version of Elements for 2013, v4.7. One of the most exciting features in this release was the introduction of a new data source, Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC). Based on the PubMed Central (PMC) database developed in the US and part of the network of PMC repositories, Europe PMC provides a comprehensive and reliable source of full-texts and publications to further enhance the wide data coverage already available in Elements.
How does Europe PMC differ from PubMed and PMC?
Simple, it has more content. Europe PMC provides access to 28 million abstracts and over 2.6 million biomedical and life science full-text articles (of which over 570, 000 are Open Access). It does this by providing a single point of access to the 28 million abstracts from PubMed and the 2.5 million full-texts from PMC. It then supplements this with an additional 5 million records from other relevant sources. In short, it’s awesome!
An alternative citation count
Europe PMC also provides a valuable source of citation counts, from which Elements calculates H-Index values. Citation counts are hyperlinked to the corresponding Europe PMC pages that provide further detail on the citations.