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PubMed On Tap searches PubMed and PubMed Central 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 PubMed On Tap identifies them as such. In these cases, you'll need access privileges to read the Full Text.

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What's New

Version 2.10

• New icon.
• iOS 11 support.
• If you like PubMed On Tap, please take the time to give us a nice review: it really helps.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

229 Ratings

229 Ratings

Handy App


I like the ease of the app

Very Nice App


I really like having the advanced search options, but I still can't get access to many paid full-texts that I should have institutional access to. Sometimes if I am on the campus wifi, some sites will recognize my institution, but many others will not. Anyway, this app makes searching quick and easy, and the last update was a significant improvement. I hope the developers keep it up. There is a database selection screen which leads me to believe they are planning to add more in addition to pubmed which would be nice, but might require a name change for the app.

Update version 2.0:
Great update! This app is now right up there with Papers, and much cheaper. Very nice job.

Fantastic Helper App!


I use this app both on my iPhone and 3G iPad. The app works exactly as advertised and also interfaces very well with BookEnds, my bibliography management software. I used the ezProxy setting for my university and am able to access articles for all of the journals to which my university subscribes. Thank you for providing a great app! Thanks to both ReferencesOnTap and SonnySoftware (BookEnds) for providing excellent step-by-step instructions allowing me to start using these two tools quickly and with a minimal learning curve!


Serhiy Duminskyy
34.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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