PubMed On Tap 4+

Search PubMed while on the go


    • 4.8 • 911 Ratings
    • $2.99




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PubMed On Tap searches PubMed and PubMed Central to find, display, and import reference information and pdfs of the full article (if you have access privileges). You can search your personal reference library, organize your references in groups (static and smart), and email references from your device to yourself or others in a form suitable for reading or importing into desktop reference management applications. Many features are optimized for reference retrieval and management (advanced boolean searches, search for Full Text or Free Full text, recall recent searches, etc.).
Note: PubMed sometimes mistakenly lists a restricted Full Text article as Free Full Text, and PubMed On Tap identifies them as such. In these cases, you'll need access privileges to read the Full Text.

• PubMed On Tap is included in the Online LPN to RN guide to Terrific Apps Every Nurse Should be Using
• “Top 5 Apps you will really use.” — Practice Magazine, Optometrists Association Australia
• “PubMed On Tap for the iPhone: the National Library of Medicine in your pocket.” — Joel Topf, MD
• “School of medicine to study effectiveness of iPads in education.” —
• “Libraries looking for ways that the iPhone might change user's interactions with academic databases need look no further than the PubMed On Tap application.” — The UWTLIT Weblog

• If you like PubMed On Tap, please take the time to give us a nice review: it really helps.

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What’s New

Version 2.17

• Improved main library view with new icons.
• Updated Color labels menu for references.
• Updated Group Management view for both single and multiple references selection.
• This release requires iOS 15 or later.

• If you like PubMed On Tap, please take the time to give us a nice review: it really helps.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
911 Ratings

911 Ratings

ElegantScience ,

Excellent access to PubMed

I barely use PubMed in a browser on my computer anymore. This is a very thoughtful and well-designed app. In terms of browsing and reading abstracts it cannot be best - and makes it very easy to do a very quick searches & saving of relevant papers that can be explored more in-depth later. I highly recommend it.

1-800 Frustrated ,

Mobile vs Desktop?

Just paid $1.99 for an app that - yes - is mobile friendly, and well organized for the convenience of searching with my phone, but to just get the same results Google provides me on my normal internet browser... I got a list full of articles that only included abstracts, and maybe 5% of them included full text. What am I paying for exactly? I understand that articles are expensive to view at full, but what am I benefiting from with this app, if it does nothing but give me the same results Google does, and doesn’t allow any privileges past viewing an abstract? This app should be free, and paying for articles should be separate, but both? There wasn’t even a detailed disclosure as to what this app had to offer. People want to know what they’re going to get if they’re paying money. $1.99 isn’t much, but I feel like I just got scammed into paying money for an app that doesn’t nothing different for me than what I’m capable of doing without it.

Developer Response ,

PubMed is a free resource and the results it provides are the same regardless of how it is accessed. Unlike a browser, PubMed On Tap lets you store the references locally in an easily-readable and format to which you can add your own comments, can search off-line manually or via smart groups, etc. You can also attach PDFs you have permissions for to be read off-line. Many find these features an improvement over a browser. No app allows you unlimited to PDFs, which is restricted independently by each publisher. Access privileges are typically paid for by your university or institution, and cost a tad more than $1.99.

Jasbo7 ,

Handy App

I like the ease of the app

App Privacy

The developer, ReferencesOnTap, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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