In May 2024, we will fully remove the PubReader functionality from the PMC website.
See the December 15, 2023 news item in New in PMC for more information.
The PubReader view is an alternative web presentation that offers another, more reader-friendly way to read literature in PMC and Bookshelf. Designed particularly for enhancing readability on tablet and other small screen devices, PubReader can also be used on desktops and laptops and from multiple web browsers. To try out the PubReader view, take a look below.
We welcome your comments and suggestions!
Try out the PubReader view
This is a presentation for any article that is available in full-text HTML form. It is not available for older content in PDF format only or as scanned images of the original print pages. You can get to the PubReader view directly from an article citation in a search result list or an issue table of contents:
Or from the Formats links in the top right corner of an article page in PMC:
Or, try it now with one of these articles:
- Correlation analysis of the side-chains conformational distribution in bound and unbound proteins.
- Effect of etching time on morphological, optical, and electronic properties of silicon nanowires
- Tuning the dimensionality of ZnO nanowires through thermal treatment: An investigation of growth mechanism
For content in Bookshelf, PubReader view is available for the majority of titles, specifically those with unrestricted navigation. PubReader view is accessed from the Views menu on the right.
You can try:
Switching between the PubReader view and the classic view
If you are in the PubReader view of an article, and would like to switch to the classic view, tap or click the Alternative formats icon or the Settings icon in the toolbar at the top. Then select the "classic view" from either of these menus. (See image below.)
PMC now automatically directs certain users to the PubReader view:
- everyone using PMC on a tablet or mobile device, and
- a small, randomly selected sample of people using PMC on a desktop or laptop.
If you are taken to the PubReader view automatically and you choose to go back to the classic view as described above, PMC will remember your preference and automatically take you to the classic view in the future. You can also get to the classic view by clicking on the "Article" link for an item in a PMC search result or in the issue table of contents page.
Similarly, you can make PubReader your default view again by clicking on the "PubReader" link in a search result, a table of contents, or at the top of a classic-view article page. (Note that this preference setting works only if your browser accepts cookies.)
If you use multiple browsers or devices to access PMC, the default-view setting will be specific to each browser on each device that you use.
You can go back to classic view from the Settings menu (gear icon) (Switch to classic view). Bookshelf will remember your preference and the next time you try to access the content, you will be taken to classic view. The default setting is specific to the browser you are using.
The CSS and JS code used to create a PubReader presentation is available at the GitHub repository NCBITools/PubReader. Anyone can use or adapt it to display journal articles or other content that is structured as an HTML5 document.