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Thursday, 4 February 2010

Nature.com iPhone App

The Nature Publishing Group (NPG) this week launched a new iPhone/iPod application called Nature.com [iTunes Link], offering users the functionality to search, browse, read and bookmark full text content from Nature and Nature News right at your fingertips. The app includes all the latest research and science news from the NPG as well as a searchable PubMed interface (providing access to over 11 million journal citations). The save search option means that it's never been easier to keep abreast of newly-published material and by using the 'save for later' feature you have the option to mark interesting abstracts as a reminder to read the full text later.

To save an article and sync to your desktop tap on a headline and select the 'actions' button in the top right corner of the screen. From here you'll have the option to 'save for later', 'send to a friend' or 'open in Safari'. To return to your saved articles all you have to do is either select the 'Saved' tab on your phone or log-in to the Nature.com Mobile-apps website.

Access to the full text of Nature and Nature News is freely available until April 30th 2010 but you'll need to register for a free account first. Details about the future pricing of content is unavailable at present yet they are in the process of trialing site license access with selected institutional customers. When I hear more about this I'll let you know. In the meantime if you're interested in providing feedback there is a discussion forum up on the Nature Network.

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