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How do I cite journal articles using DOI?

PMID2cite now supports "citation generation by DOI". You can both use PubMed IDs or digital object identifiers (DOIs) for the Vancouver, AMA, APA, and MLA interfaces.

How do I get citation from PubMed?

There are multiple ways of getting citations into your online reference list or works cited page using our PMID to citation interfaces. We have various web pages for to do so. You may use the built-in citation style generator if no predefined template is yet available for the desired journal. Quick-styles would be helpful for visual comparison of the citation styles. The journal-specific pages include ready to use PubMed reference generator links for biomedical journals.

How do I check if a journal is indexed in PubMed?

The list of more than 30000 journals that are indexed in PubMed can be reached using this link. The indexing status of any the journal can also be accessed from NLM Catalog, as well. PubMed journal list can also be accessed via ftp. To make PMID to citation conversion for PubMed database-indexed journals, use PMID2cite.

How do I limit authors' list and add "et al." at the end of the list?

Limiting authors' list

Select this option. Once you click, "et al" options will appear.
This dropdown list helps you select the "threshold" number of authors to be limited. Herein, the limit will be active if the number of authors is bigger than "6".
This checkbox will be selected as default.
This dropdown list helps you select the number of authors to be displayed. Herein, only first "3" authors will be displayed.

How do I reuse a citation style?

Each citation formatting style has a unique and permanent web address. Just follow its address. A typical user-generated PMID to citation style address looks like as below:

How do I select a citation style visually?

You can select among the citation styles visually, if it is listed on quick-styles page. It is super-simple: Click on the item and start generating citations.

How do I cite PubMed articles that are not yet in an issue?

PMID2cite detects whether an article is in issue. If not yet published, it offers alternative 'citation by DOI' styles according to the user selections.

How do I find the PMID number of an article?

A typical PubMed journal article has the URL structure as follows:
where xxxxxxxx is the PMID number that points to the article. PMIDs are represented as 1- to 8-digit accession numbers and they are not reused in PubMed database.

An alternative way to get the PMID number of an article within the browser window is, just add the the string ?report=uilist&format=text at the end of the URL of an article. The final version of the URL should be as
where xxxxxxxx is the PMID number.
Please remember, the PMID numbers can be up to 8 digits.

How do I cite in Vancouver style?

The easiest way to make PMID to Vancouver style conversion is using this link. If you want to edit Vancouver reference generator parameters and use/create another variant of the Vancouver citation style, please use the built-in citation style generator. Simple and handy!
As a new feature, you may use DOI instead of PMID, or both, at the same time! This tool also works well for the non-PubMed articles. Now, you can use Vancouver reference and works cited generator for any journal article with DOI.

How do I get DOI from PMID?

The corresponding DOI (if any) will be displayed after the PMID number was entered using PMID to DOI converter tool. Additionaly, the PMID lookups return DOI in all of the PMID2cite interfaces including AMA, APA, Vancouver, journal-specific pages, and quick-styles.

How do I get PMID from DOI?

We have conversion tools for the standard article identifiers that are used by PubMed database. Please use the DOI to PMID Converter tool to find the corresponding PMID for a given DOI.

How do I cite journal articles in AMA style?

Please use this link to cite in American Medical Association (AMA) style. In case you would like to create a variant of the AMA citation format, please use our built-in citation style generator (for PubMed articles).

How do I generate citations in APA style format?

PMID2cite works as APA citation generator, as well. A special algorithm for creating American Psychological Association (APA) style is used. The free APA citation is generated according to the article's publication status whether the article is in an issue.

How do I generate reference lists using PMID2cite?

The reference list feature is usable for all of the PMID2cite interfaces including AMA, APA, Vancouver, MLA, journal-specific pages, and quick-styles. After you enter the PMID and make a query, the returned record is appended to the temporary reference list assigned to the user. The list will not be updated if the query returns "empty" record or the item is already on the list. The reference lists are session-based and will be deleted after the session ends unless the user prefers to share the list.

How do I cite PubMed articles in NLM citation style?

We have a special page for The National Library of Medicine (NLM) style. Alternatively, you can use this link for the same purpose.

How do I generate MLA works cited list?

You can easily generate works cited list in MLA format using either the citation generator for PubMed articles or DOI citation generator. The DOI interface also accepts PMID entries.

How do I learn the citation counts of the PubMed articles?

Our PMID to citation counts interface shows the citation counts and PubMed IDs of the PubMed-indexed journal articles that cite any given PMID number. Additionally, the author names, article title, journal name, year of publication, digital object identifier (DOI), PubMed ID, and the PMIDs of the references of the article are displayed, as well.

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