Touch the research you need – new PLoS iPad App

In just over 2 months since the iPad launch, PLoS (Public Library of Science) has released a dedicated iPad app, that covers all the PLoS Journals, available free from the App Store.

We are one of the first academic journal publishers to do this with thanks to the talented developer Tom Brow, who has made mobile browsing of our journals easier than ever (watch this 1.5 minute video demo which was filmed by Bruce Wismer and edited by Matt Agnello, the Hungry Filmmaker).

The PLoS Journals iPad application lets you:

  • Browse and share from anywhere over 3G or Wifi
  • Keep an archive of articles for offline reading
  • Turn pages with a satisfying flick and scroll between them
  • Magnify pages should you wish

PLoS is committed to continue pushing the boundaries of scientific communication. We’re delighted that both this and our first iPhone app (from PLoS Medicine) were created for us pro bono by the developers – something that would not be possible without our Open Access Licence from Creative Commons, which provides a rich source of content for experimentation and creative reuse.

Here’s what Tom, the developer, said about his experience of generating this app:

“I was experimenting with ways to make reading print articles in digital form more enjoyable, and PLoS completed the equation with a repository of journal content that I was free to use and present in any way I could imagine. The result is something that is useful to anyone who reads, and so I’m working with PLoS to make it freely available to everyone”.

Tom is a freelance developer and interface designer with a varied portfolio of iPad and iPhone work. He builds things for fun and for profit, and is always looking for challenging projects. You can contact Tom to talk about your iProject by emailing tebrow@gmail.com or viewing his online portfolio.

We welcome your comments on this new App to feedback@plos.org. Please be aware that the developer is currently working on adding Search functionality.

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