A new version of the NatureJournals app – ‘2.5.1’ for all you software versioning fans – went live in the App Store last week. Nature Chemistry is the new title on the app block, taking the total number of Nature-branded research and review journals to 34 (and Scientific Reports too). The all-singing, all-dancing NatureJournals app replaces the Nature.com Reader app, which has been sent off to silicon heaven with a pat on the back for long service and an invite for dinner with Bebo. If you’re an existing Nature.com Reader user – fear not! All existing subscriptions will be honoured in the NatureJournals app.
One of the major improvements that the new version brings is compatibility with both iPhone and iPod touch, as well as iPad – making it easier to get your science fix on the bus or train to work. The app has also been given a bit of a facelift, with this version looking cleaner and sleeker than previously. When you open up the iPad version of the app, this new look jumps out at you straight away with a lovely new cover animation.
And then you’ll find a whole host of other improvements, such as the brand-new navigation and interface design. You can now use a drop-down menu bar to more effectively scoot between sections, making it a more simplified experience to navigate your way around.
We’ve also improved the key functions such as the figure viewer – great for getting a closer look at diagrams and graphs.
On the iPad version, you can also get article level metrics (provided by Altmetric) so you can see who is citing, reading and sharing articles.
As well as these improvements, we’ve also exterminated some of the bugs in the previous version, for example, the app will now remember your font settings.
Available in the App Store
As before, the free version of app gives users access to Nature news and all open access content in Nature Communications and Scientific Reports – while full access is available through an existing personal or mobile subscription.
The app is available to download from the App Store here, and our first customer review says:
“So far, the app looks intuitive and easy to surf”