••• 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.

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Use iCloud to sync all your libraries and attachments across 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, PDFs that you annotate on the iOS device are watermarked, and ads are shown. 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 ($2.99) and requires a susbcription that is renewable on a yearly basis.
Subscription is for one year and can be auto-renewable. The subscription can be managed in iOS -> Settings > iTunes & App Store > Subscriptions. The subscription might renew if it wasn't canceled more than 24 hours before the renewal date.
If the subscription is not renewed, Pro Features will be disabled.

No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period.

Standard Version - $4.99
Pro Features Yearly Subscription - $2.99

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What’s New

Version 1.3.2

• Updated the PDF component.
• Added a new BibTex export option for references.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
184 Ratings
184 Ratings
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.


Serhiy Duminskyy
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Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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Rated 4+
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