References On Tap 4+

Reference management on the go


    • 4.3 • 7 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


••• Check out Bookends - References On Tap's big brother •••

References On Tap searches PubMed, PubMed Central, Google Scholar, JSTOR, LOC, arXiv and Web Of Science 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 References On Tap identifies them as such. In these cases, you'll need access privileges to read the Full Text.

Use iCloud to sync all your libraries and attachments across Macs and iOS devices, and have full access to your references and sources when you're on the go.

References On Tap without a Standard Version in-app purchase is limited in the following ways: searches return a maximum of 20 references, only 50 references can be stored in your local database. To have full access without these restrictions you must make a purchase from within the app ("in-app purchase”).

Pro Features Yearly Subscription (cloud sync of references and attachments) is a separate in-app purchase and requires a subscription that is renewable on a yearly basis.
Subscription is for one year and can be auto-renewable. The subscription might renew if it wasn't canceled more than 24 hours before the renewal date. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period.
If the subscription is not renewed, Pro Features will be disabled.

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What’s New

Version 1.2

• Improved main library view with new icons.
• Fixed a problem that prevented Library of Congress searches from working.
• Updated Color labels menu for references.
• Updated Group Management view for both single and multiple references selection.
• This release requires macOS Monterey or later.

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

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

arxiv-user ,

Almost perfect but not quite -- Hope the developer adds more functionality

The App is pretty good to find papers on arxiv and quickly organize your reading. There are some serious missing functionalities which can really improve the user experience, such as :

1. The inability to export the references: Currently there is no way to export the groups to a bib file, you may "share" individual papers via notes and the dialog box shows the bib references. But nothing for bulk export.

2. Inability to change where the app stores the downloaded pdfs. It is unclear if the pro version allows users to choose the cloud service, i.e., dropbox, google drive, etc.

3. Inability to add more searchable sites in the basic version. You can only choose to search between the sites listed, there is no way to add more sites.

4. Sorting function can be made available on the main interface.

I hope the developer considers these changes, if so I can see myself using this every day. Thanks!

125Sci ,

New app loses previously paid features

I previously paid $9.99 for PubMed Tap to maximize the app’s features. With the new app, I’ve lost those features and am now relegated to ads, etc, unless I pay more. Those that paid to streamline PubMed Tap should not have to pay again.

Developer Response ,

If you are talking about Bookends On Tap for $9.99 it was removed from the App Store two years ago. Please do a search for Bookends app on the App Store.
New features of Bookends for iOS are:

• Cloud Sync.
• Citation creation.
• Updated pdf engine with greatly improve Apple Pencil support.
• Split screen support on iPad.
• Barcode scanning.
• Google Scholar Advanced Search.
• Amazon Books search engine
• iPhone X support.
• Speed and UI improvements.

Molassy ,

It won't download

And now I can't even use PubMed on Tap 1. So thanks. Thanks so much.

Developer Response ,

Please contact our tech support and we'll figure out what is going on.

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 Used to Track You

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

  • Location
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Data Linked to You

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

  • Location
  • Identifiers
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Data Not Linked to You

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

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