Two IEEE Publications Now Part of World’s Largest Medical Library

Biomedical journal and conference proceedings added to bibliographic database

9 April 2012
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The IEEE Review in Biomedical Engineering and the conference proceedings from the IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robots have been added to the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE/PubMed bibliographic database.

MEDLINE (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online) contains more than 18 million citations and abstracts in the fields of biology and medicine.

The IEEE Review in Biomedical Engineering, an annual journal published by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, covers biomedical signal processing and imaging, bioinformatics, tissue and molecular engineering, and diagnostic systems.

The society sponsors the biannual IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robots. Last year’s conference, held in Zurich, explored robotic wheelchairs, brain-machine interfaces, and diagnostic robots.

To be added to MEDLINE, medical publications undergo a review by a committee of clinicians and members of academia. The committee judges them for scientific quality before suggesting them for inclusion to the library’s director.

Anyone can browse abstracts and citations from the more than 5400 journals in the database using PubMed, which is maintained by the National Institutes of Health. Each article’s abstract includes a link to either PubMed Central—a free archive of complete NIH-funded articles—or the publisher’s website, where a full-text version can be downloaded. Those who want to access the full-text version of IEEE articles, for example, are redirected to the IEEE Xplore digital library, where articles are available for a fee.

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