Available for iOS and Android


What is BrowZine?

BrowZine is an app that brings recent issues of scholarly journals to your iPad, iPhone, Android tablet, or Android smartphone for browsing. BrowZine emphasizes current awareness and browsing over focused research. It brings journal content together from multiple publishers and platforms into a single place, where you can save your favorite journals, view the table of contents and read or save articles as new issues are released.

What BrowZine Isn't

BrowZine is NOT designed for in-depth research or searching. For that, we recommend MNCAT Discovery, or the many databases and indexes that the University of Minnesota Libraries' subscribe to. You may also contact one of the subject librarians.

How do I get BrowZine? What devices are supported?

BrowZine is available from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Amazon Kindle App Store.

It's a free download, but make sure to choose "University of Minnesota" from the list of libraries so you have access to the journals we subscribe to.

For now, BrowZine is available on the web and for all versions of the iPad and iPad Mini running iOS 7.x or later, and on Android tablets running Android 4.0 or higher, including the Google Nexus 7 or 10, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.

Why aren't certain journals included?

As a new service, BrowZine started with a small set of publishers, and is adding more on a regular basis. To get notified about new additions, check their website.

BrowZine will continue to expand and add new titles and features as time goes on. Third Iron welcomes you to follow their progress on Facebook or Twitter and reminds you to watch for notifications on your iPad that an update to BrowZine is available.

Is there an embargo on any of the articles?

Nope. Articles in journal titles for which the library has a current subscription and whose publisher is supported by BrowZine can be accessed as soon as they're published digitally and assigned a DOI by the organization CrossRef. For more information about DOI's and CrossRef, see CrossRef's Fast Facts.

If I see the embargon message on the articles, does it mean that I can't view them via BrowZine?

You can't view them directly via BrowZine. But you can click the article title to open up the library's Interlibrary loan page to request it.

What citation managers can I use with BrowZine?

BrowZine currently supports EndNote (iOS users only), Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero.

A journal on my bookshelf is greyed out, and won't open. How do I fix it?

Hold your finger down on the journal until it begins to move. Click the X in the corner, then find the journal via the subject browse or title search, and add it again.

Will journals saved in My Bookshelf show up in Browzine.com?

Yes. If you have previously set up a BrowZine Sync Account and added journals to My Bookshelf, these titles will appear on My Bookshelf in Browzine.com. If you are new to Browzine.com, you may easily add journals right away.

Why can't I synchronize My Bookshelf across platforms?

The synchronization will coincide with the release of app updates 1.8 for iOS and 1.3 for Android. It is expected these updates will be approved and released by Apple and Google in December 2015.

Note for BrowZine Trial Users

The University Libraries' previously hosted a trial version of BrowZine. If you used the trial version of BrowZine you may have to uninstall and then reinstall the app to get the complete version that has been purchased by the libraries. If you have any questions feel free to contact Kristi Bergland bergl007@umn.edu.
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