BrowZine – Stay Current with Your Favorite Scholarly Journals

Posted On: September 16, 2016

Need help keeping up with new articles from your favorite scholarly journals?

UC San Diego faculty, staff and students now have access to BrowZine. It’s a service that allows you to create a customized list of journals licensed by UC San Diego. Then from their website and mobile app, you can easily see which journals have published new articles since you last checked. You read the articles, mark them “as read,” and even create collections of “saved” articles that you can refer back to later. BrowZine covers arts, humanities, social science, engineering and science journals from hundreds of commercial, society, and university press publishers. We have licensed it through June 2018, at which point we will decide whether or not to continue licensing, based on usage, available funding, and user feedback.

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Setup:
To begin, go to BrowZine.com or download the iOS/Android app. When prompted, select University of California San Diego from the list of libraries. Then create your free account.

Access:
VPN is required for using BrowZine from off campus, for the initial setup as well as accessing any articles. You can find instructions on Blink for installing the AnyConnect client on your desktop/laptop or configuring VPN your mobile device. Once you have your account, however, you can add journals, browse article titles, and save to “My Articles” without using VPN. So you can skim on your phone and mark articles without bothering with VPN, then go back to them later on a computer/laptop (on campus or off with VPN enabled).

How BrowZine works:

  • Search or browse for scholarly journals from hundreds of publishers like Elsevier, Wiley, Oxford University Press, and numerous professional societies like APA and IEEE.
  • Add journals to your personal Bookshelf, which will be synced across BrowZine.com and any mobile device where you have installed the app and logged into your account.
  • As the new issues AND articles in press are published, browse the article titles in your Bookshelf for journal articles for those that may be of interest. You can then mark the issues or articles in press lists “as read.”
    • Articles in press (sometimes called ASAPs – “as soon as publishable” are available online weeks–even months–before assigned to an journal issue. So you can stay even more up to date on your reading.
  • If you want to “save” articles to your My Articles list, which you can customize to create multiple collections.
  • From the BrowZine app you can save articles, download for off-line reading, or export them into other services like Dropbox, EndNote, Mendeley, Papers, etc.
    • From BrowZine.com, you can link out to the articles as if you were using UC-eLinks, or export the citation to a reference manager (EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, BibTeX).

If you have questions about using BrowZine, please contact Teri Vogel. You can also consult our library guide for more assistance.

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