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How to use your new SEARCH

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You can see that a lot has changed. Almost everything has changed with the online platform for Pharmaceutical Journal Publications, now presented to you as

If you read our previous posts on this very blog, you should already know what we are doing here. But I will try to do a re-cap on how you can use our website to reach the content that you seek.

PJ search box

Usually, if users know what kind of topic they are looking for, the first thing they look for on any website is the search box. We have placed the search box on the top right of any page, so you can easily find it and enter your chosen keywords. Our search is empowered by HP Autonomy’s universal search technology, which supports context-aware search across the entire platform and produces results that are conceptually and contextually relevant. It goes far beyond simple search to provide you with automatic categorisation, automatic hyperlinking, faceted navigation, as well as audio and video search. When you enter your keywords trigger search, you will be directed to a faceted search page, which provides you with the most relevant (or most recent) articles published on the topic you are looking for.

Faceted search is a technique for accessing information organised according to a faceted classification system, allowing users to explore a collection of information by applying multiple filters. Each information element is classified along multiple explicit dimensions, called facets, enabling the classifications to be accessed and ordered in multiple ways rather than in a single, pre-determined, taxonomic order.

Let’s say you are looking for information about “atrial fibrillation”. You enter your term into the search box and press Enter. You will be directed to a page that looks like this:


On the top right corner, you can choose whether you wish the “most relevant” results to be displayed or you would prefer to have the most recent results.

However, the faceted column on the left gives you many other options. You can filter your results based on:

  • Your preferred publication: The Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist, or Tomorrow’s Pharmacist.
  • Your preferred article type (section): News, comment, learning, feature, editorial, etc. (see here to learn more about our article types)
  • Your preferred topic (category)
  • Your preferred date range

The search engine is constantly under development to improve the search results. But we have tried hard to launch the new website with a solid foundation, so users can better enjoy their time on our platform.

“Search” is only one of the ways users interact with our website. In other posts I will discuss other features we have developed to enrich our users’ experience.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Murdoch

    The new PJ website is a vast improvement on that awful-looking, kids' homework project, that was the previous effort.
    Well done. Onward ever onward!

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  • Jen Smith

    There does not appear to be a 'citation search' option any more. This was the search option I used to use the most, as I usually know the citation of the article I want. It is also odd that a peer-reviewed journal website no longer offers this option.

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  • Hi Jen,

    The search functionality is no longer based on citation. But you can search for the title of the article you wish to find and the search will return the article.
    We have moved to a digital-first publication model, so print citations are no longer applicable. We understand that this is a major change, and it will take some time before our readers get used to it.

    If you are looking for a particular article, you are either looking for the date of publication and/or the article's title. You can find both of these options in our faceted search.

    Moreover, our publications are not currently peer-reviewed (other than primary research articles).

  • I'm trying to help a researcher find specific articles on PJ but when using the search option nothing comes up for the titles of these references for instance:
    New NRT lozenge increases chances of stopping smoking. Pharmaceutical Journal 2001, 267:496.
    Benefits of smoking cessation aids are lost when counselling is not given. Pharmaceutical Journal 2002, 269:349
    I also tried navigating to the year via the 'past issues' option but the listings of items there are most unhelpful with no indication of page numbers or volume number even. We have paid for a subscription giving access to PJ articles from 1999 onwards but it looks as if not all years are available. My researcher needs to see them urgently!

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  • Dear Heather,

    Would these be the articles you are looking for?

  • Dear Arash,
    Thank you, yes these are the correct articles and they now appear on the site using the search option. Unfortunately, my researcher wants to view another 3 articles from 2002, 7 from 2003, 8 from 2004 and 1 from 2009, none of which come up when you search for the title of the article. We have been successful in using search to find some articles but coverage does seem to be patchy at the moment. How soon will access be set up for all articles from 1999 covered by our subscription?

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