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What's New on Dialog

Archived News on Major Databases Launches/Updates

New in Feb 2018

1 - New Database: Northern Light - Life Sciences Conference Abstracts & Posters

  • Timely: data picked-up as soon as it’s made available – this may predate the conference start date; usually no later than two weeks after the conference ends
  • PQD A&I records link through to the Northern Light portal – where further links to the Conference Website may be available
  • Use cases: Current awareness: “gray literature” covering activity in life sciences conference space – affects Pharmacovigilance and Competitive Intelligence
  • Year Coverage: 2010 to date – Geographic Coverage: International – Updates Frequency: Daily
  • Size at launch:
    •  2.7 million abstracts
    • 144,000 posters (incl. charts, images, and other graphics)
    • 3,800 conferences covered since 2010
  • Check the Prosheet

2 - INPADOC Family and Legal Status – 5 new search mnemonics

  • APID       a new family ID that groups patents together from the same “country family”
  • DCRE     date a record was created by the EPO 
  • LCRE     date of a new legal action
  • DUPD     date the EPO revised a record

3 - Excel Output – Drug Pipeline Databases

Changes implemented to improve the export from AdisInsight: Drugs and IMS R&D Focus – specifically. Changes may be noticeable elsewhere too. To see more details of the columns changed or newly introduced go to the related box in the Database Information page.

4 - PQD Visualization – 5 more charts

  • Language chart - Find publications in local languages
  • Source type chart - See what types of publications are most used for your topic – conferences, newspapers, websites, etc.
  • Database chart - Useful when >1 databases are open to see how your results are distributed across content sets.

        ProQuest Dissertation and Thesis - Two charts that show where R&D is trending:

  •   University name
  •   University location

5 - Patent Duplicate Detection – filter by latest date

New Patent Family Filter: Latest Publication

Simplifies workflows that require the most recent patent publication of an invention for analysis and reporting.   For example, a clearance search or patent infringement case.

Embase and EMCare Reloads: February 16, 2018

The annual Embase® and EMCare® reloads on ProQuest Dialog will take place on Friday, February 16, between 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET, giving you access to the most current versions of the thesaurus for these databases.

Embase and EMCare will include the new 2018 and changed Emtree vocabulary terms (Emtree: the Life Science Thesaurus). Following the reload, you may need to update your search and alert strategies with the new terms. Click the links for more information:

Further information on Embase indexing can be found in the Embase Indexing Guide and the ProQuest Dialog Embase ProSheet.

ProQuest Dialog MEDLINE and ToxFile reload 2018: now complete - Jan 2018

Every year, MEDLINE® and ToxFile® are reloaded on ProQuest Dialog when the National Library of Medicine (NLM) re-indexes relevant documents from the whole database with changed medical terms. The 2018 reload of MEDLINE and ToxFile was completed on Sunday, January 14.
Due to the reload, ProQuest Dialog did not update MEDLINE or ToxFile from Friday, January 12 at 9 a.m. ET through Sunday, January 14 at 6 p.m. ET. The databases was available, but no new content was loaded during that time.
All documents in MEDLINE and ToxFile now reflect 2018 changes. You may need to update your searches and alerts with the 2018 MeSH vocabulary.
MeSH vocabulary changes for 2018

Information on the 2018 MeSH vocabulary from the NLM can be found here

One example of a significant change in 2018 is that contraindications, or CT, is no longer used as a qualifier/subheading. This term has been promoted to a full, explodable MeSH term: mesh.exact(Contraindications), which has two narrower terms – mesh.exact("Contraindications, drug") and mesh.exact("Contraindications, procedure"). You will need to update appropriate alert strategies for continued retrieval of this concept.

The MEDLINE ProSheet has been updated to reflect these changes.

New in December 2017

New Feature: Visualize Your Search Results

With the new visualization feature on ProQuest Dialog, you can now see a full picture of your search results. With a simple click of the Visualize results tab, quickly answer questions like: Who are the leading authors or innovators in a field? In which country are the most nanotechnology patents are being published? or Who are the experts I can contact for consulting engagements? Visualization creates a map of the most useful reference materials for your research.

See some examples of what our new visualization interface can do.

New in September 2017:

1 - New database: Tablebase®

Published by Gale, Tablebase is a popular database that specializes exclusively in tabular data on companies, industries, products and demographics. International in scope and covering more than 90 industries, TableBase gives users access to thousands of tables that are indispensable to daily research. It’s a great resource for specific statistical data – for example, “Latin America’s cosmetic sales by category” or “average starting salaries of U.S. public school teachers.”

Tablebase is available both by subscription and on pay-as-you-go accounts. If you’re a subscriber, contact your account manager or our customer experience team for access. If you have a pay-as-you-go account, you can start using Tablebase today. You can find out more about Tablebase on our ProSheet.

2 - Microsoft Excel output enhancements

We’ve made a number of additional enhancements to our Microsoft Excel output capabilities, including:

  • Updated columns and indexing for BIOSIS Previews® and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Professional
  • New options for ordering column headings
  • Improved Excel output workflows for both patents and general databases

You can find more details and screen shots here.

3 - Single Sign On is now available

Single Sign On (SSO) allows a user to access multiple systems while using only a single set of credentials – for example, if you log into Gmail, you can also access your YouTube account without logging in again. Now, SSO can be configured for ProQuest Dialog, making access seamless for users across your organization.

Requirements for SSO include:

  • SAML 2.0
  • My Research accounts must be set up on ProQuest Dialog for each user
  • Users must be authenticated on the customer’s network/access management platform

If your account meets these requirements and you would like to activate SSO on ProQuest Dialog, please contact your account manager or our customer experience team to begin the process.

4 - Enhancements to ABI/INFORM Professional Market Research

The ABI/INFORM Professional Market Research database on ProQuest Dialog now includes reports from five new publishers, doubling the size of the database to about 750,000 records.  The publishers include:

  • Barnes Reports
  • Mergent
  • Oxford Analytica
  • Oxford Economics
  • Progressive Digital Media

Existing subscribers have been given automatic access to this new data. You can find out more about ABI/INFORM Professional Market Research on our ProSheet.

5 - Transition from HTTP to HTTPS

The ProQuest Dialog platform has moved from HTTP to HTTPS to strengthen the privacy and security of your information. This news was communicated to customers last month, but as a reminder, organizations that use proxies to access ProQuest Dialog will need to update links and certificates to support HTTPS.
This support article shows how to complete changes in proxy servers and provides answers to common questions. Even if you don't use proxies, you'll want to review and convert links to ProQuest Dialog content to their HTTPS versions.

New in March 2017

1 - Enhancements to Embase

The publisher of Embase® has released some enhancements that will benefit your ProQuest Dialog Embase search.
Errata and retractions: New document types and related record notes indicating errata (corrected articles) and retractions will allow you to connect errata and retractions to their original bibliographic record. The terminology in ProQuest Dialog is as follows:

  • Erratum In
  • Erratum For, or ‘Published Erratum’
  • Retraction In, ‘Retracted Publication’
  • Retraction Of, or ‘Retraction of Publication’

2 - 2017 Inspec reload occurred on March 25

The 2017 annual reload of the Inspec® database took place on March 25-26. This reload introduced the 2017 versions of the Inspec thesaurus and classification look-up. Twenty-two new thesaurus terms have been added this year; no changes have been made to the classification in 2017. -  2017 terms are applied to records added to Inspec from January 2017 and beyond.

For more information about the thesaurus changes, and details of how existing terms are related to the new 2017 terms, refer to:

Inspec New Thesaurus Terms for 2017
Inspec Thesaurus and Classification Code Changes

New in January 2017 - New legal status available in INPADOC

The European Patent Office (EPO) has released a new legal status product with enhancements to structure and content. ProQuest Dialog customers who use the INPADOC database have had access to this new legal status immediately.

This release improves the accuracy and reliability of legal status information. ProQuest Dialog worked alongside the EPO to guarantee our INPADOC customers had access to this legal status without delay. As of January 2017, updates to the INPADOC database on ProQuest Dialog now contain these enhancements. For legal certainty, use the INPADOC database for patent research.

If you are interested in personalized training on how to use INPADOC’s legal status, please contact your account manager or email us.

You can find more details on this enhancement in the document below.