How can I find the PMCID number in PubMed?
To check if there has been a PMCID (PubMed Central ID number) assigned to your article, you will need to locate the article in Pubmed. Then, change your ‘Display Settings’ (the link at the top left of your search results will open up the drop-down menu). Select ‘Abstract’ view from the drop-down menu.
Once you can see your article in abstract view, take a look below the abstract for the PMID number and an associated PMCID number. If you do not see the PMCID, it may be still in process.
If you have a batch of PubMed results and would like to check to see if there are associated PMCIDs, you can selectively send the PMIDs to a text file or to the clipboard, and then use the PMID to PMCID Converter at the Pubmed Central website to check for any associated PMCIDs.
Select Citations to be Sent to Text File or Clipboard
With your search results for your articles in Pubmed displayed in your browser window, click on the ‘Send to’ drop down menu and select File and also PMID as format. Your results will be sent to a text file on your computer.
Try out the PMID to PMCID Tool at Pubmed Central
Now you are ready to take your text file of PMIDs over to the Pubmed Central site: PMID to PMCID Converter .
(Note: Alternatively, you can save your PMIDs to the clipboard when in PubMed and then use the option to input the PMIDs from the clipboard into the PMID to PMCID Converter).