PubMed Commons lets you in on the research conversation. It is a system that enables researchers to share opinions and information about scientific publications. If you are listed on even one item indexed in PubMed, you are eligible to become a member of PubMed Commons. You will need a My NCBI account and an invitation to join PubMed Commons. Both are free of charge.
Getting an invitation to PubMed Commons:
- E-mail addresses of eligible authors have been collected from the NIH, the Wellcome Trust and authors' email addresses in PubMed and PubMed Central. Check to see if your active email address is on this list.
- If you have a colleague who is already in the system, ask them to send you an invitation. Otherwise, some of your colleagues should be able to invite themselves, and then they will be able to invite you. Learn more about how authors can be invited.
Key features of PubMed Commons:
- Members can comment on any publication indexed by PubMed and invite other eligible authors to join. More details about how to post comments can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/get-started/
- Journal Clubs can apply to firstname.lastname@example.org for PubMed Commons membership, with an individual PubMed Commons member serving as guarantor to ensure comments posted by the group comply with guidelines.
- Members making substantive criticisms of a publication are encouraged to let the publication’s authors know there is a comment. An “invite an author to comment” facility is provided at each PubMed entry.
- Members play a pivotal role in ensuring that PubMed Commons remains a forum for open constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues, by reporting concerns and rating the helpfulness of comments.
In joining PubMed Commons, members agree to:
- Establish a single individual account with their real name (no pseudonyms or anonymous accounts are allowed)
- Follow the current guidelines when they use PubMed Commons
- Grant other users a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual license under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License
- Invite only eligible individuals to join PubMed Commons
- Disclose potential conflicts of interest
- Make comments that are directly relevant to the particular work in PubMed on which they are commenting
- Not use PubMed Commons to spam or systematically promote a product, position or the members’ own publications or to target others
For more information, connect to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/