|The Bone & Joint app provides users with simple access to all the content of The Bone & Joint Journal (formerly known as the JBJS Br), Bone & Joint Research and Bone & Joint360. This free app is available for the Apple iPhone and iPad and is easier to use than the print versions!|
Tapping to launch the app brings the user to a home screen which displays the latest editions of The Bone & Joint Journal (formerly known as the JBJS Br), Bone & Joint Research and Bone & Joint360. These can be browsed with a simple tap and swipe gestures. The simple menu shows the table of contents before displaying abstracts and individual articles. It is also possible to access a number of recent issues
Reading articles is straightforward. They can be stored as a ‘Favourite’ for later reading offline. Previously read articles can be easily accessed later using the ‘History’ feature, which keeps track of all the articles accessed on the mobile device. Articles can be read natively within the app or alternatively as a PDF which can be imported into other programmes for annotation or storage.
Navigating between articles is by simple swipe.
Articles can be shared via email.
One of the more powerful features of the new mobile app is the enhanced search function which allows users to search for terms within individual issues or articles. This is supplemented by an interactive keyword function where tapping on a keyword will bring up all the related articles published in the BJJ. An interactive feature is the ability to email the corresponding author directly from within the app.
These features make engaging the latest news and research easy and intuitive on the iPhone or iPad.
One of the drawbacks of many mobile journal apps is the difficulty of accessing full text articles via an institutional subscription. The Bone & Joint App circumvents this in a user-friendly manner by offering access to full text articles via institutional subscription if one is inside the institutions’ wireless internet or alternatively allowing one to pair one’s device to one’s institutional subscription.
There are helpful FAQs which are understandable to ordinary users.
There have been regular updates since launch – the current version is 3.91 - and, though this app is only available for Apple devices and is not yet updated for the iPhone 5 (though it does work on the iPhone 5) an Android version is on its way.
Presently Android and Blackberry users can download The Bone & Joint Journal Abstract Manager app on their respective devices.
Mobile optimised sites are available for all three journals. Users of iPhone, Blackberry or Android devices will be automatically redirected when opening the sites in their native browsers.
The advantage of the app is that the BJJ and the other Bone & Joint journals are now truly mobile. The ability to search, share and download full text articles from your device mean that it is now possible to bring the latest educational news and clinical research to the place where it matters most, the point of care.
|iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bone-joint-journals/id526382041?mt=8|
Reviewed by Mr Tom Lewis