Pubget indexes nearly 20 million life science research documents, including those in PubMed®. You search it by typing terms into the search field, a lot like you’d search PubMed or Google. The key difference is with PubGet, you get the PDF immediately. 

Cool Features in PubGet

PubGet offers various links for functionality, including a Firefox plug-in to download PDFs; access to the publishers’ web page and the equivalent page in PubMed; email forwarding; and tagging (using a virtual cloud-based storage system) to metatag articles and keep them in a ‘locker.’ A widget, which works via RSS, allows continuous updates on topics or authors inside a lab web page.

Pubget also employs a service called Pubget PaperStore, powered by Reprints Desk. While the PaperStore is open to anyone, users of Pubget from activated institutions will receive the PDF via free Open Access article when available, through their library’s subscriptions when a subscription exists, as well as the ability to order a single article for immediate delivery via e-mail. As with any full-text tool that links to an institutions holding, those links to PDFs may be occasionally broken or wrong – especially if the information from the insitution is incorrect or incomplete. Just something to recognize with full-text searching and linking to full-text. 

In addition, users can customize a list of “Latest Issues” of favorite journals, making it very easy to browse recent issues.

Searching PubGet vs PubMed

PubGet uses it own search algorithm, which is different from the one used by Pubmed. The same search done in each database returns different result. For example, a very broad search of “cancer” returns 2,374,761 results in PubMed and 1,219,725 in PubGet.

More interesting, using the advanced search feature to search for “cancer” as a MESH heading in PubGet returned no results, while doing the same type of search in Pubmed found   2125947 results. The reason is because PubMed inserted the correct MeSH heading into the search: “neoplasms”[MeSH Terms]

Pubget is a valuable life sciences/biomedical search tool. It stands out if you’re just searching for few papers on a topic or a specific paper. Searchers wanting a comprehensive literature review should consult Pubmed as well to minimize the chance of missing critical research.

That said, it will be interesting to watch the development of Pubget to see how it integrates with social networking sites.

Additional Links about PubGet:

Analysis of PubGet — An Expedited Fulltext Service for Life Science Journal Articles

Pubget Announces PaperStore Powered by ReprintsDesk, Providing Scientists Unprecedented Content Access Across Free, Subscription and Now a la Carte Papers

PubGet Overview, Youtube video 

Pubget: Paperplane, Youtube video

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