PubMed to Excel

For those comprehensive literature reviews, sometimes Excel (or another spreadsheet) would be ideal for evaluating articles.  Recently PubMed added a “Send To-File” option for the file type CSV (for spreadsheets).  However, I recently talked with a user who needed more than the default columns PubMed offers.

In seeking an answer to how to customize PubMed’s limited columns (not possible, at least, not yet) I stumbled upon a handy tool with a default that included the column he really wanted — article abstracts.  The tool is open-source (free) and called Pubmed2XL.  It will work with just about any spreadsheet program – Excel, Open Office, Google Docs, etc.  Download it free at:  Those familiar with XML can customize the columns further, but their defaults were perfect for this situation.

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