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New Elsevier mobile app helps researchers keep up to date

on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:36

Elsevier’s latest mobile app, availabe on the Elsevier WebShop, is the publisher-neutral Research Highlights, which is free to anyone who needs to keep up to date with the new research that is being published in their field. The Research Highlights app harnesses the power of Scopus to let researchers track critical search terms across more than 20,000 peer-reviewed journals from hundreds of publishers.

Once you've downloaded the app and set up your preferences, you can check author-written bulleted highlights and/or the abstract to determine which articles to read in full. Then, with a single click, you can send a full text URL to your email inbox. Back at your desk you will find the selected articles waiting -- whether to print off, or read on a full-size screen. Your content licenses will also be recognized, ensuring seamless access to all the content you have rights to! 

We think Research Highlights is especially handy because it allows users to follow new research from all important publishers through a single app. The app developers also recognized which parts of the literature search can be comfortably carried out on a mobile device and which parts are more easily performed back in your office (or offline). While it may be fine to scan article lists and read a few bullets or a short abstract on the small screen of a mobile device, lengthy full-text articles are not easy to consume that way. 

Please try Research Highlights for yourself and tell us what you think about it. Both Apple and Android versions are available -- each suitable for smartphone and tablet devices. Happy browsing!