Top 10 (Free) Apps for Scientists

June 13, 2012 | Posted by Piper in Research |

This article was originally published here in the Berkeley Science Review.

Like so many other scientists out there, I feel inherently guilty when I am not working. Even that minute waiting for the bus or in line for lunch. I should be reading papers and thinking about science in those precious moments I’m not physically in the lab. When I need my science fix, my iPhone keeps me company. These are the 10 best science-centric apps I have found, keeping me up to date on what papers are coming out, where the public discourse is going, and tickle my general interest in science.

1. Twitter. An app that most of you probably have already, Twitter is a tremendous resource for science. Follow the prolific science tweeters; they will tweet not only their own research and publications, but also general science news, and links to cool article that are either scientific in nature or about science broadly. Top twitter recommendations to follow (besides all the relevant journals in your field): @fiainros, @DrRubidium, @BoraZ, @mbeisen, @GertyZ, @ElizabethIorns, @biochembelle, @rwluddite, @DrJenGunter, @chemjobber.

2. ACS Mobile. The ACS Mobile app automatically pulls up ACS ASAPs. You can set it to whichever ACS journals you you prefer. I personally keep the Journal of the American Chemical Soiety and Inorganic Chemistry on my phone, but the app supports any combination of the dozens of journals they publish. You can add papers to “My ASAPs” and reference them at will, which can be very helpful if you want to browse a couple papers of the speaker for a seminar you are about to attend. Though C&EN has its own free app, Chemical & Engineering News also has a tab in the ACS Mobile app; it’s really not necessary to have both. ACS Mobile also has a great search function, just like their website, so any portion of a citation (e.g. a partial citation from the bottom of a slide) can lead you to the full article. ACS also offers ACS MOTW, an app presenting their “molecule of the week,” along with an index of previous MOTWs.

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