Great app and concept. Of course, this only works if your school/institution supports it.
Pro: - Great for on the go access to your journals - Able to download PDF versions for offline reading - Works with almost all journals - Ability to have your favorite journals bookmarked
Cons: - Slow interface - Slow downloads of the PDFs - Can only read in PDF, so you have to zoom in a lot - Cannot specify where you want the downloads to... So it takes a while to figure it out where the storage folder is so that you can delete old articles
A good solution for accessing articles but there needs to be improvement in the smoothness of the app.
Since updating automatically to 1.8 will not load libraries at al (pressing "reload" libraries does nothing) ...have tried reinstalling, force quitting, restarting, clearing cache and still nothing. It will stay at "reload libraries" screen. Will not be using and will be forced to go to individual journal sites again through openathens account. Tried emailing ironforge and of course unresponsive...
First, this is a library thing, your library has to subscribe to the service in order for you to use it. If they do then you can create your own book shelf of just the journals they get in electronic form, download articles, read, save articles, it's really easy and slick. It does not (yet) work on aggregated content, only individual subscriptions. So if you library buys 800 different journals, including your personal favorite, as a package deal through some content aggregator then it won't show up in the list. At this time it's also just for mobile devices, no version for lap tops or desk top. Both of those things could change at any time. I think our faculty and graduate students are going to love it.
I had a friend recommend this app who had been using it on his iPad for a while. I had lost track of how many journals are being published in my area of research and this app has made it very easy to find and access them through my university. Very useful and a great time saver! Love the My Bookshelf feature to stay current in my reading.
It doesn't allow access to full text of articles unless I go through the university library's database collection - unless I'm on campus, where I could browse actual shelves. So, either way, it renders itself pretty much pointless.