'Read by QxMD' provides a single place to keep up with new medical & scientific research, read outstanding topic reviews and search PubMed.

This iPhone & iPad app provides a simple interface that drives discovery and seamless access to the medical literature by reformatting it into a personalized digital journal.

Praise for Read:

5 stars: "Stellar. The future of medical literature review... This could be the best application to stay up-to-date in medicine since, well, UpToDate." - User Review

4¾ stars: "The Flipboard for medical journals has arrived" and among "...the most innovative medical apps"

On Apple's 'What's Hot' list in >60 countries, as well as Medical Essentials & Apps for Healthcare Professionals. Featured in Apple iBook: "iOS in Healthcare: Revolutionizing Healthcare Productivity"


- Get full text PDFs with one tap

- Keep up with the latest new research that will impact your practice

- Browse through 1000s of outstanding topic reviews

- Search millions of articles from PubMed and our database of outstanding topic reviews

- Read your favorite journals or browse article collections.

- Access full text through your university/institutional subscription or via open access publishers

- Share articles with colleagues over email, Twitter and Facebook

- Organize and review your personal collection of articles

Why did we build 'Read by QxMD'?

Health care professionals need to stay up to date on the latest medical research and topic reviews to provide optimal care. Unfortunately, the process of content discovery is broken with research artificially compartmentalized by publishers and hidden behind countless institutional pay walls.

At QxMD, we believe that knowledge translation– the process by which new knowledge is incorporated into clinical practice – is an important and unsolved challenge for our health care system. We hope that ‘Read by QxMD’ will be a part of the solution.

Seamless 1-tap access available at thousands of institutions.

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Title and MeSH Headings from MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Founded by medical professionals, QxMD is dedicated to creating high quality point-of-care tools for practicing health care professionals.

What’s New

Version 7.4.8

In this version we continued fixing minor bugs, and enhanced the app's performance.

Have questions or concerns? Send us an email at

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings


Continues to be the best

I’ve used Read for about 5 or 6 years and continue to be impressed. Once linked with library holdings there is no easier way to get and organize scientific literature in full text pdf form. On top of everything it’s still free. The only thing missing is a polished non-mobile platform (ie for my laptop). It’s there but there is definitely a stylistic and functional gap btw that and the iOS version. Still 5 star and highly recommended.

Source: CT Anesthesiology Fellow at large academic institution/hospital setting.

Zaurak ,

Feature request for a five star app!

I like the new layout, faster pdf link detection compared to the previous versions, however I miss a key feature, the ability to swipe between abstracts. I have to close an abstract to be able to read the next one, it would be nice to be able navigate by swiping between them.

Also would be nice to have the collage view in the My journal. While I read abstracts from one journal, I do not want to see the list of journals, it is distracting, and uses valuable screen space.

Thank you however for the great app.

K to Tha $ ,


I have confirmed my sign up in my email and had it re-sent several times and it still prompts me to verify my subscription. Also my saved keywords get deleted almost instantly and the app doesn’t save them - I have to re-enter my search tearms constantly. If you could name your keyword search something else so a long string of search terms wouldn’t take up the whole page, that would be useful. Otherwise, this seems like a great idea for an app, love the connection to my library holdings

Developer Response ,

Hi there. Please contact our support team at and we will look into the issues you are having immediately. Thank you!


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53.3 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
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