The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) launched an app for tablets and mobile devices that gives subscribers to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) access to the full journals at their convenience. Designed with AVMA members in mind, the app optimizes the journal for reading on Apple and Android tablets and smartphones.
“The JAVMA app allows members to access journal content on demand wherever they are. They can also download issues for offline reading at any time,” said Dr. Kurt Matushek, director of the AVMA Publications Division and JAVMA editor-in-chief. “The same great quality AVMA members have come to expect from the JAVMA print edition has been formatted for easy reading on Apple or Android tablets and smartphones.”
Features of the app include:
Pinch-to-zoom functionality to view text and images in greater detail
Full text search and archival search
Note taking, note syncing and bookmarking pages
Article sharing via/to email or social media
Navigation by table of contents and page carousel
Browsing of bookmarked pages and page history via carousel
The app also allows readers to take notes and make freehand annotations on journal pages. Bookmarks and notes are associated with the user’s account and synchronize across devices. Eventually, the journal, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, hopes to add multimedia to the app such as video, audio, animations and slideshows.
The app does not replace the print version of the publication, Matushek noted. Subscribers will continue to receive the print edition as well as online access to the journal.
Issues prior to 2017 will not be available through the JAVMA app. To access issues published prior to 2017, subscribers can visit the JAVMA archives at avmajournals.avma.org.
JAVMA subscribers can download the app from the Google Play Store (Android) and the App Store (Apple). Once downloaded, subscribers can log into the app with the same user ID and password used to access the AVMA website. Users must be an individual subscriber to JAVMA to log in and view issues.