SpringerLink goes mobile…
At last, Springer has joined the group of Big STM publishers who have already plunged in the mobility.
“Springer has launched the SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch. It is free to download from the iTunes App Store providing access to the science platform http://www.springerlink.com. The SpringerLink mobile app includes a number of features like personalized notifications, save and share abilities, advanced search, document details with abstracts and full-text views available to institutional subscribers. In addition, the app provides users with a multi-functional home screen, allowing for keyword and advanced searches. Included in the advanced search is a save search feature that allows the user to save any advanced search so that it may be quickly executed from the home screen. The user can be notified from the app’s home screen when any new chapters or articles are published that meet the criteria of his or her saved search, allowing a user to specify his or her areas of interest and quickly check for new, relevant publications“.
Press release: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/pressreleases?SGWID=0-11002-6-1325121-0
At the time writing, almost all of STM publishers offer smartphone and tablet applications to access their content. NLM’s PubMed was the first early adopter in January 2010, followed by Nature in February 2010, and Elsevier’s Sciverse Scopus in May 2010. In 2011, many others have joined the ride, such as Wiley, SciFinder, etc.
Nature was on the first to offer apps to read the famous journal on an iPad. Elsevier has massively invested in applications development, mainly by the way of developers contests. Then, the Sciverse platform proposes an app market (the Application Gallery) to customize the interface.