New apps give easy mobile access to articles

We present an overview of the tools released by Elsevier which allow readers to use their mobile devices to read, search or keep in touch with our journals


The ScienceDirect mobile phone app for Apple and Android devices mentioned below was replaced by the enhanced article page for mobile devices in May 2014. Users of ScienceDirect accessing journal articles on a mobile device are now automatically directed to a dedicated site. For more information visit our ScienceDirect information pages.

The way we consume information is changing and one of our key goals at Elsevier is to ensure our journals are ideally placed to meet the mobile access needs of journal readers.

Over the past two years, Elsevier has released a series of tools which:

  • offer existing subscribers mobile access
  • make it easier to find and read journal articles
  • reach new audiences on devices like iPads
  • innovate with new mobile products and services

The ScienceDirect mobile phone app for Apple and Android devices allows users to search across the full content on the platform, retrieve and read full-text articles, and personalize their reading experience (bookmark articles of interest, forward for later use in research, share articles, etc...). By 2013, all users will also be able to browse by journal name or subject area, to personalize 'My Journals', and to receive alerts when new content matches their search query. The same app is also available for the iPad, with the Android tablet version in development.

The Scopus Alerts app (Apple and Android) enables users to create notifications that will keep them up-to-date, e.g., when their paper has been cited or a new paper is published in their area of specialty. They can also annotate and share articles.

The apps are provided at no additional cost and they allow existing journal subscribers to use their previously paid-for services remotely.

In addition Elsevier has been investing in the main websites for ScienceDirect and Scopus to make them easier to read on mobile device web browsers.

All personal subscribers to Health and Medical Science publications can use the Health Advance Journals™ mobile app, to browse the latest issues of a journal or search for an article. Personal subscribers to Science & Technology publications can do the same using the Elsevier JournalViewer app, which allows subscribers to selected journals to view abstracts, full texts and PDFs.

The Health Advance Journals™ app, available for the iPhone,iPad, and Android, launched in April this year, and in addition to full-text article viewing, users can pin favorite journals to the app homepage as well as search for, bookmark and share articles.

We have also launched 20 journal-branded native iPad apps through a pilot project. We began by developing a template we could apply to a select group of journals with either a broad personal subscriber base or a substantial affiliated society membership. Now just a year old, the pilot apps, many of which are for leading journals in their medical specialties, have undergone two upgrades and will receive a full redesign of the user interface at the beginning of next year. Available via the iTunes App Store and Apple's Newsstand for publications, the apps currently allow you to:

  • browse each new monthly issue
  • read abstract and full texts or retrieve the original PDF, including articles published ahead of print
  • play in-article videos
  • save articles for offline reading
  • bookmark key articles and take notes for later
  • email useful images or articles
  • post useful articles on your Facebook or Twitter account for colleague awareness
  • search locally stored content
  • sign up for automatic article downloaded via Push Notifications

A scheduled upgrade will introduce an iPhone version, full-screen reading mode, article swiping, offline storage and reading, and an in-article reference pop-up. In 2013, we plan to apply the lessons we have learned to our new design, ask users for their feedback and then look at extending the pilot.

For institutionally affiliated researchers

ScienceDirect: Find and read your subscribed Elsevier article or book chapter while you are away from your desk

Scopus Alerts: Find articles, create alerts, make notes, and share links instantly.

For individual personal subscribers

Health Advance Journals: Enables full-text reading of more than 500 Elsevier health and medical journals for journal subscribers.

  • iPhone and iPad app
  • Android app
  • Elsevier journal viewer - provides access to Elsevier journal content (abstract and full text) to journal editors and personal subscribers.
  • The Lancet - offers current subscribers rapid access to recently published content.
  • The Journal of Urology - keep up with the most important advances in the science and practice of urology.
  • ReactionFlash™ - launched by the Reaxys® team in 2011, this app allows organic chemists to learn about and explore Named Reactions.*

We plan to keep you up to date with developments via Authors' Update and other Elsevier channels.

* Reaxys®, the Reaxys® and ReactionFlash™ trademarks are owned and protected by Reed Elsevier Properties SA. All rights reserved.

Author biography

Cynthia B. Clark

Cynthia B. Clark has been with Elsevier for seven years, primarily as product manager for the Health Advance platform. This role affords her the opportunity to support the digital journal business with our global health science publishers and society partners, as well as to help shape the platform  development and direction within the larger Elsevier team. Recent projects include managing the operations of our new mobile apps and leading the migration task force of our platform upgrade and migration project. Cynthia loves to solve problems and finds puzzles a challenge. Fortunately, she has opportunities  for both in her work.

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