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Name: Read by QxMD

Publisher: QxMD Medical Software Inc.

Devices: Android smartphones and tablets and iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (version 4.1 or above on Android and iOS 6.0 or above on Apple devices). A desktop version can also be accessed. We tested this app on an Android smartphone.

Available from: Apple Store and Google Play.

Price: Free

Type of information:
Creates personalised feeds of the latest medical and scientific articles based on individual areas of interest, specialism or preferred journals.

For: Students, Healthcare Professionals and Researchers

  • Main pros –Push notifications when new articles are available, ability to sync with other apps such as Dropbox or Evernote, ability to highly personalise your feeds and can access St George’s journal content when set up.
  • Main cons – Not a comprehensive source for latest research so it should not replace other databases you might use for in-depth literature searching.

Read lets you access the latest academic papers via your mobile device in a tailored feed based on your areas of interest, specialism or by the journals you prefer to read. You can also register your St George’s University login with the app so that you can download the articles we subscribe to straight to your device.

Once you have downloaded the app you will need to create an account, which can be done easily from the mobile app platform. It will ask for information relating to your profession, interests, as well as suggesting some relevant collections or journals to follow to build a user profile. After you have completed this process you will have access to a main feed that will update with relevant articles that should be of interest, as well as additional feeds based on the criteria you have specified.

Example of the set-up page on an Android device

A particular strength of the app is the ability to set up push notifications alerting you to new articles, which means that academic articles will come to you rather than you needing to seek them out. However, you should not rely on this method for literature reviews or extensive research. Instead perhaps use Read as a way to keep up to date with the latest research.

The app also makes it easy to interact with other readers of the same article, making use of comment feeds and facebook-esque ‘like’ buttons. You can ‘star’ or favourite articles that you want to refer back to and these will be placed in a folder. There are also options to share content via Twitter, Facebook and email, as well as to export articles to other apps such as Evernote or Dropbox.

Example of an article preview pageFor more information: read the iMedicalApps review.

All posts on this blog are subject to the SGUL Library’s guide to mobile resources disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.

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