Clinicians directly searching PubMed can apply the Core Clinical Journal CCJ filter to restrict retrieval. The existing CCJ list hasnt been updated since 1979, thus reducing access to the most clinically relevant biomedical and health information. Although PubMed comprises over 28 million citations, the filter to find those for patient care is currently suboptimal. This project would convene the Medical Library Association committee that was formed at the request of NLM to update the CCJ subset. This working meeting would enable uninterrupted time to revise this vital list, thus increasing access to clinical information for PubMed users. Assembling the group would expedite the process while facilitating uniform journal selection. NLMs new Strategic Plan recommends, Pillar 2: Engage a wide range of audiences to ensure the right information gets delivered to them at the right time 1. CCJ exemplifies the tailored approach for information dissemination, but needs re-conceptualized to be more reflective of clinical subjects. Revising the CCJ filter would especially benefit health professionals without access to mediated searching, thus ensuring the right information is delivered at the right time to the right user. Its timely since the impending PubMed redesign may coincide with the introduction of the redesigned CCJ filter.

Project Details

Organization Name

University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System

Organization Type
Health sciences library
Project Lead

Andrea Ketchum

Start Date
May 1, 2018
End Date
April 30, 2019
Funding Amount
Library or Information Professional