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Frequently Asked Questions

Clipboard

  1. Can I save the contents of my clipboard across sessions?

Limiting search results

  1. Can I limit my search results to journal articles published in Canadian journals?
  2. How can I limit my search results to journal articles funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)?
  3. How can I search for journal articles supported by a particular CIHR grant number?
  4. How can I search for journal articles submitted through the PMC Canada Manuscript Submission System?
  5. How can I search for journal articles affiliated with a particular Canadian institution?
  6. How can I limit to CIHR funded content?
  7. How can I see a list of articles submitted via the Manuscript Submission System waiting for release to PMC Canada after the embargo period has passed?
  8. How can I see a list of CIHR-funded articles waiting to be released to PMC Canada after the embargo period has passed?

Using the Advanced Search Feature

Search Builder


Clipboard

  1. Can I save the contents of my clipboard across sessions?
    No. Citations saved in the clipboard are stored only for the duration of the current session. If you would like to save the contents of a clipboard derived from a particular session, please see Exporting citations.

Limiting search results

  1. Can I limit my search results to journal articles published in Canadian journals?


    No. A journal’s place of publication is not indexed in the PMCi archive; thus, you cannot limit your PMC Canada search to articles published in a Canadian journal. However, place of publication data is indexed in PubMed, so you can start your search at PubMed using the [pl] (“Place of Publication”) tag.

    For example, to search for articles in PubMed for which the place of publication is Canada, you would go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed and type the following search string in the “Search” box:

    neuralgia and Canada[pl]

    If you find an article in PubMed for which the full-text is available in the PMCi archive, you will see an icon next to the article pointing to PMC Canada, PMC (U.S.) or Europe PMC.

  2. How can I limit my search results to journal articles funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)?


    You may limit the results of your search to articles supported by a particular funding organization by using the [gr] (or “Grants”) tag.

    To search for articles in which CIHR is listed as the designated funding source (please see note above for limitations), you can use the following syntax:

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research[gr]
    or
    Canada[gr] (this will work only when CIHR is the only granting agency from Canada.)

    Please note that grant information is not always included in the article record so the results of your search may not include all CIHR-funded research that has been deposited into the PMCi archive.

    Note: searching PMC Canada using the "Grants" [gr] tag is a search on a grant field originated in PubMed, and propagated to PMC. The grant field includes information from manuscript systems and from what NLM indexers picked up from articles.

  3. How can I search for journal articles supported by a particular CIHR grant number?
    You may search for research supported by a specific CIHR grant number by using the [Grant Number] tag and combining it with the [gr] (or "Grants") tag. Be sure to replace the "xxxxxx" with the CIHR grant number you're trying to locate.)

    (xxxxxx[Grant Number]) AND Canadian Institutes of Health Research[gr]


  4. How can I search for journal articles submitted through the PMC Canada Manuscript Submission System?

    You may limit the results of your search to research submitted through the PMC Canada Manuscript Submission System by using the [sb] (or “Subset”) tag:

    capmc author manuscript[sb]

  5. How can I search for journal articles affiliated with a particular Canadian institution?
    You may limit the results of your search to work affiliated with a particular institution by using the [ad] (or “Affiliation”) tag.

    For example, to search for articles deposited into PMC Canada that were published by researchers at the University of Ottawa, you would use the following syntax:

    university [ad] AND ottawa [ad]

  6. How can I limit my search to CIHR funded content?
    Selecting the “Limit to CIHR funded content” checkbox will limit search results to documents with which CIHR grant IDs are associated.

  7. How can I see a list of articles submitted via the Manuscript Submission System waiting for release to PMC Canada after the embargo period has passed?
    To see a list of all embargoed manuscripts submitted via the PMC Canada Manuscript Submission System, please go to PubMed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ and enter the following search string in the search box:

    capmc author manuscript [sb] AND pubmed pmc embargo [sb]

  8. How can I see a list of CIHR-funded articles waiting to be released to PMC Canada after the embargo period has passed?
    To see a list of all CIHR-funded articles waiting for the embargo period to pass, please go to PubMed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ and enter the following search string in the search box:

    canada [gr] AND pubmed pmc embargo [sb]

Using the Advanced Search Feature

Article title

Please use the following syntax as a guide when using the Article Title field in the Advanced Search feature:

Sample syntax Results
"deep brain stimulation" Retrieves documents in which the phrase "deep brain stimulation" appears in the document title.
deep brain stimulation Retrieves documents in which the terms "deep," "brain," and "stimulation" appear in the document title.

Authors

Please use the following syntax as a guide when using the Author field in the Advanced Search feature:

Sample syntax Results
"lozano, andres" Retrieves documents in which an author is listed as "Lozano, Andres" or "Lozano, Andres M."
lozano, andres Retrieves documents in which an author is listed as "Lozano, Andres" or "Lozano, Andres M."
andres lozano Retrieves documents in which an author is listed as "Lozano, Andres" or "Lozano, Andres M."

Journal titles

Please use the following syntax as a guide when using the Journal Title field in the Advanced Search feature:

Sample syntax Results
"canadian journal of cardiology" Finds articles from The Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Article ID

Article ID allows you to search for articles with a particular identifier.

Please use the following syntax as a guide when using the Article ID field in the Advanced Search feature:

Article ID Sample syntax Results
DOI 10.1093/ageing/afr037 Will retrieve the article for which the DOI is 10.1093/ageing/afr037.
Grant number 44072 Will retrieve all articles with "44072" indexed as an Article ID.
PMCID 3283571 Will retrieve all articles with "3283571" indexed as an Article ID.
PMID 16885424 Will retrieve all articles with "16885424" indexed as an Article ID.
CAMSID 2217 Will retrieve all articles with "2217" indexed as an Article ID.

Search Builder

Search Builder allows you to combine search syntax using operators to achieve greater granularity of retrieval.

Unless otherwise specified, queries entered in the Search Builder box will search the following fields:
Abstract, Article ID, Article Title, Author, Journal Title, and author-assigned keywords.

Use this operator To Sample syntax Results
AND Retrieve documents containing all of the terms or phrases separated by the operator AND "major depressive disorder" AND journals:("canadian medical association journal") Retrieves documents which contain the phrase "major depressive disorder" from the Canadian Medical Association Journal
OR Retrieve documents containing any term or phrase separated by the operator OR. title:("deep brain stimulation") OR ("DBS") Retrieves documents which contain either the phrase “deep brain stimulation" OR the term "DBS" in the document title.
NOT Retrieve documents that do not contain the term or phrase following the operator NOT. "anaphylactic shock" NOT "anaphylaxis" Retrieves documents which contain "anaphylactic shock" but NOT "anaphylaxis."
* Search for multiple character variations at the end of a single term. mammo* Retrieves documents containing the terms "mammogram," "mammography," "mammographic," "mammoplasty," etc.
~ Search for terms within a specified proximity of other terms. "deep brain stimulation dopamine"~3 Retrieves documents containing the phrase “deep brain stimulation” within 3 words of the term “dopamine”. Please note that the order in which the terms are entered is preserved.