Read by QxMD 12+

Personalized Medical Journal


    • 4.8 • 6K Ratings
    • Free



'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 9.5.0

UI Enhancements: We've listened to your feedback and made some important changes to the user interface. In this update, we've relocated the like/dislike buttons to a more intuitive position, making it easier for you to engage with the content you love.

Various Bug Fixes:
- We've added the ability to see related papers when reading an abstract.

- We've made minor updates to various UI components to make it easier than ever to use the app.

- We've also squashed some minor bugs to ensure a smoother and more enjoyable reading experience.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6K Ratings

6K 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.

MS1 2014 ,

Less functional after update

Previously, I enjoyed reading articles on this app. Now, they appear to have added an undesired social media feature with comments. I especially dislike how this app now greets me by name in every article - it’s jarring and off-putting, coming from an app. After the update bringing these undesired features, I have yet to successfully load the full-text version of an article. It gets stuck on “Authenticating …” and just sends me repeated Duo popups that do nothing. Obtaining full-text used to be slow, but now it doesn’t work at all. The app now also annoyingly keeps trying to get me to follow new collections or key word instead of just letting me read. The distracting new features detract from what used to be a streamlined academic app where one could experience deep thought.

Developer Response ,

Hi, Thanks for your feedback! The comments feature has always been a part of Read and we have just made an update to improve it. I'm not too sure about the app greeting you with your name, but we'd definitely like to hear more about this. We can also help look into some of the authentication and access issues you are facing. Would you be able to reach out to who can help escalate this issue for you, and let them know that you were sent from here? Thanks in advance!

Kind Regards,
QxMD Team

HappyGrdStudent ,

Happy with this app, slight tweak suggestions

I use this app all the time if I need to find an abstract or article; it’s a lot easier than pulling up Pubmed on my phone or iPad. The only area for improvement I can see is support of Dark Mode, both for the app overall and for the screen that comes up when you save a PDF.

Also for the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed that my badge count stays at 1 even if I’ve looked over all of the ‘new’ abstracts in my feed and subscriptions.

App Privacy

The developer, WebMD, 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 Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

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

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