PubMed Citations: A New, Faster Process for Correcting Errors

PubMed Citations: A New, Faster Process for Correcting Errors

This blog post is directed toward all authors who have articles in PubMed.

Have you ever discovered that your name isn’t spelled correctly in the citation on a PubMed record, or that there are mistakes in your affiliation, the title of the abstract, or other citation data?

We have good news: recently, NLM released the PubMed Data Management System (PMDM), which allows publishers to correct PubMed citation data directly. If you’re an author who has found citation mistakes in PubMed, you should contact the publisher of the journal, and they will make the changes. Changes made in PMDM, should appear in PubMed within 1-2 days.

Authors who report citation errors to NLM will be asked to contact the publisher directly. However, NLM will continue to investigate and address error reports that relate to our value-added data, such as MeSH Headings.

We’re hoping that this new process will shorten and simplify the process of correcting citation errors. You can read more about PMDM in the NLM Technical Bulletin. Please let us know if you have questions or comments, and we’re looking forward to more error-free citations!

13 thoughts on “PubMed Citations: A New, Faster Process for Correcting Errors

  1. The problem is that many journals make it near impossible to contact them by email. I finally had to call one yesterday to fix a bad DOI on their website. How about having the journals provide a reliable email address for trouble reports? “Webmail” is less useful.

  2. I have found duplicates WITHIN Pubmed. Could you please remove duplicates? I contacted the publisher but they say it was impossible to remove one of the duplicates from Pubmed.

  3. My article
    Enteroparasitism and Risk Factors Associated with Clinical Manifestations in Children and Adults of Jalisco State in Western Mexico.

    de la Luz Galván-Ramírez M, Madriz-Elisondo AL, Ramírez CGT, de Jesús Romero Rameño J, de la O Carrasco DA, López MAC.

    Osong Public Health Res Perspect. 2019 Feb;10(1):39-48. doi: 10.24171/j.phrp.2019.10.1.08.

    PMID: 30847270 Free PMC Article
    This article has not been correctly cited in pubmed, the correct form is Galván-Ramirez ML.
    I would greatly appreciate doing the correction, this error affects the searches and citation on my behalf.
    For the above, I would appreciate correcting as soon as possible.
    I wrote to the editor of the magazine where this article is published and the correction requested was not made.
    Thank you.

  4. Dear Editors,

    Nice to meet you!

    I just wanted to ask you for some help regarding one publication that I have participated in march 2018.

    In the authors list it says Dilernia FD1, but my name is Fernando Diaz Dilernia. It does not match when I search it in pubmed.

    Is there any chance to fix this?
    (It should be Fernando (my name), Diaz Dilernia (my surname)). The correct way should me this one: Diaz Dilernia F

    Sorry for the inconvenience.
    Thanks for your time
    Best wishes


    Hip Int. 2018 Mar;28(2):189-193. doi: 10.5301/hipint.5000552. Epub 2017 Sep 10.
    THA conversion rate comparing decompression alone, with autologous bone graft or stem cells in osteonecrosis.
    Nally FJ1, Zanotti G1, Buttaro MA1, Dilernia FD1, Mansilla IG1, Comba FM1, Piccaluga F1

  5. Dear Editors,

    I just wanted to ask you for some help regarding my recent publication that I have participated in on June 30, 2021.
    Pathogens. 2021 Jun 30;10(7):820. doi: 10.3390/pathogens10070820.
    Toxoplasmosis Is More Frequent in Schizophrenia Patients Than in the General Population in Mexico and Is Not Associated with More Severe Course of Schizophrenia Measured with the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
    PMID: 34208827 DOI: 10.3390/pathogens10070820
    the correct form to index in pub med should be
    Galvan-Ramirez M

    For the above, I would appreciate correcting as soon as possible.

    Thank you.

  6. Major labelling error of authors and collaborators (non-authors) in PubMed list and other online databases.

    In our article, we have 85 authors (correctly listed in the article (under an author group name)) and >600 collaborators (correctly listed in an online appendix (under a separate collaborator group name)). This was because Journal insisted we have an author group name for more than 20 authors, meaning that these two separate group names were created (authors and collaborators).

    The result was that authors were correctly listed in the main article and the collaborators (non-authors) were correctly listed in the appendix, but on PubMed and other online databases, the authors and collaborators were incorrectly grouped together under the same “author label”, instead of having distinction between authors and non-authors.

    Seems the error is due to PubMed systems not supporting functions/features that allow two separate group names, i.e. a group name for actual authors and a separate group name of collaborators (non-authors).

    The PubMed list has incorrectly integrated authors with collaborators (non-authors) and therefore appears that our paper has 600-700 authors instead of the correct number of 85.

    We have been in contact with the Journal Associate Editors who advised that there isn’t a solution to correctly distinguish authors from collaborators (non-authors).

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