PubMed now includes a new relevance sort option.
The “Relevance” sort option is available from the “Display Settings” menu under the “Sort by” selections. Initially, easy access to relevance sort will also be provided under a “New feature” discovery tool (see red boxes on image).
The relevance sort order for search results is based on an algorithm that analyzes each PubMed citation that includes the search terms. For each search query, “weight” is calculated for citations depending on how many search terms are found and in which fields they are found. In addition, recently-published articles are given a somewhat higher weight for sorting.
For additional information, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
This blog entry was adapted from NewsBits Blog from NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, October 23, 2013.