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DOCLINE-L Email Discussion List

List Description
List Guidelines
Posting Messages
List Commands (digest, nomail ...)
Getting Help

Regional discussion lists

List Description

DOCLINE-L is an email discussion list available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  DOCLINE-L is restricted to registered DOCLINE® users. The purpose of the discussion list is to provide NLM with a means of broadcasting messages to DOCLINE users. It also provides a forum for DOCLINE users to communicate with each other and with NLM about issues related to DOCLINE, SERHOLD, or document delivery.  The list is unmoderated; however, postings are limited to list subscribers. The DOCLINE-L Archives allow users to search list postings, modify subscription options, and post messages.

We recommend that all DOCLINE libraries also subscribe to their regional discussion lists for important regional announcements in addition to subscribing to NLM's DOCLINE-L (to receive messages affecting all DOCLINE users). Many DOCLINE announcements will be sent both to regional discussion lists and to the NLM DOCLINE-L list. If you are subscribed in both places, you may see some messages twice.

Join DOCLINE-L (Return to Top of Page)

To subscribe to the DOCLINE-L discussion list, please send the following text in the body of an email to:


You will receive a confirmation message from the list management software. Once you respond to this acknowledgement message, you will receive a message from the DOCLINE Team welcoming you to DOCLINE-L. DOCLINE-L provides various subscription options which are set via list commands or through the DOCLINE-L Archives. Before posting for the first time subscribers should review the list guidelines.

To leave the DOCLINE-L discussion list, please send the following text in the body of an email to:


To change your subscription address, go to

List Guidelines (Return to Top of Page)

Please read and follow the DOCLINE-L guidelines shown below before posting messages to the list.  The guidelines establish a common understanding of expected subscriber conduct and of list content.  These guidelines do not replace common sense, professionalism, and respect for your fellow subscribers.


Do Not

Read the DOCLINE FAQs and Online Manual prior to posting a question.

Post ILL requests.  Use DOCLINE to request ILL material.

Search the list archives prior to posting a question.

Post temporary closure notices.  Use the DOCLINE Hold Request form to prevent requests from routing to your institution.

Identify yourself and your institution.  Include your full name, title, email address, institution name, and institution's LIBID in your posting.

Post Ariel related messages, including address changes and system status messages. Please update your institution record in DOCLINE. Please post Ariel messages on ARIE-L.

Be concise

Ask if system is down.  Please use Contact DOCLINE or call 888-FINDNLM (301-594-5983).

Use descriptive subject lines.  When replying, edit the original subject line as necessary.

Report specific problems.  Please use the Contact DOCLINE form to document a possible problem with DOCLINE.

Keep messages within the scope of this list.

Post conference announcements, post advertisements, including notices of document delivery services, or job postings.

When replying, include only those parts of the message to which you are replying.

Post messages containing defamatory, abusive, profane, offensive language or illegal material.

Send personal replies to the individual, not to the entire list.  Personal replies include messages like "Thank You," "I agree," "Good point."

Post materials protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner.

Remember that your fellow subscribers are human.  Be tolerant of mistakes.

Use 'auto-reply' for list postings as these may be distributed to all subscribers.  Use the 'nomail' feature or set your 'auto-reply' so that list postings do not receive the auto-generated message.

Summarize responses to the list.  When posing a question to the list, ask for personal responses and then summarize answers to the list.

Post test messages to the list.

Send messages in plain text only.  Some email systems cannot properly display HTML or Rich Text messages.

Include signature attachments, as many email systems cannot properly view them or will strip them.

Posting Messages (Return to Top of Page)

To post messages to DOCLINE-L, use the address:

Subscribers may also post messages directly from the DOCLINE-L Archives.

Note: Posting to the list is restricted to subscibers of the DOCLINE-L list. Subscription is based solely on your email address from which you subscribed as it appears in the From: address of your sent messages.

List Commands (Return to Top of Page)

The following are some of the most commonly used commands for LISTSERV subscribers. When using these commands always:

Send the command(s) in an email message addressed to:

Type the command(s) in the body of the message with no subject line.

If you are sending more than one command in the message, use one line for each command.

       Command line




subscribes you to the list specified



removes you from the specified list



stops incoming mail from specified list
restarts mail from the list



subscriber receives a digest of messages
messages are received as they are posted



sends confirmation when you post to the list
cancel confirmation messages



retrieves a list of LISTSERV® commands



retrieves your current subscription settings

Getting Help (Return to Top of Page)

· For questions about the DOCLINE-L list or for help subscribing, unsubscribing, or submitting to a list , contact the listowner at:

· For resources and assistance for NLM-hosted lists, go to:

· For general LISTSERV questions, contact the NIH LISTSERV administrators at:

· For questions or problems with DOCLINE, use the Contact DOCLINE or Contact RML feature within DOCLINE or go to

Regional discussion lists (Return to Top of Page)

Instructions for subscribing to your regional discussion list can be found at:

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Region 20: (English
Region 20: French)

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