Review of Docphin: An App for Mobile Access to Medical Journals
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App Name: Docphin
App Developer: Docphin
App Developer Website: https://www.docphin.com/
App Price: free
Apple App Store URL: https://itunes.apple.com/app/docphin-medical-journals-pubmed/id542551481?mt=8
Google Play Store URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.docphinapp
Tags: journal searching, evidence-informed practice, free, medical imaging, both iOS and Android compatible
Works Offline: N
FDA Approval: NA
Promotion Code: None
(1 star: lowest / 5 stars: highest)
Overall Rating (1–5): 4
Content (1–5): 5
Usability (1–5): 4
Pros: The journal list is comprehensive. Individual publications can be saved for quick retrieval.
Cons: Loading time is slightly slow. It is unable to tag or comment on the abstract page of the records.
At A Glance: It comes in handy as a mobile app for accessing up-to-date literature, especially with the “Alerts” function.
Imaging is an evolving field with abundant technology and practice advancements, both of which are best disseminated through academic journals. Instead of browsing through the web, it will be more convenient to have a mobile app that indexes and bookmarks the favorite journals. Docphin is the app of choice, and it allows quick retrieval of relevant publications with only a few clicks on the smartphone. The Android version of the app was reviewed.
The purpose of this app is to serve as a web portal that collects information from a diverse list of academic journals. At the first time of registration, the user can choose a specialty, for example, radiology. Afterwards, the app compiles the journal list accordingly. Also, after setting proxy login with the user’s institution, full text articles and PDFs are readily available depending on the library subscription of the institution.
The interface is intuitive and straightforward. Every function is self-explanatory and user-friendly. The app occupies only 8 MB of storage space, which makes it nearly possible to be installed on every smartphone.
Room for Improvement
The white color of the background cannot be changed, which can possibly make the eyes tired after prolonged reading. Possibly due to some minor incompatibility with the hardware or software, the app occasionally stops working. Also, users should expect the loading time to be slightly slow with 3G networks. It is unable to tag or comment on the abstract page of the records.