As part of the preparation to include the big 5 medical journals (NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, BMJ and Annals of Internal Medicine) I’ve been doing some preliminary work. As feared the Lancet still does not allow direct linking to their abstracts on the the Lancet website. I can see no good reason for that – they make you register and login to view them. I think this makes them unique!

So what are the options for inclusion in TRIP? The most obvious is to link to their PubMed records. Hardly ideal. The one advantage is that this could be automated via the PubMed XML tools. But then do I include the other ‘big 5’ via this method or link to the abstracts on their respective sites? It invariably looks better going to the sites, but it is more work….