PubReader® view of articles

The PubReader view is an alternative web presentation that offers another, more reader-friendly way to look at articles in the PMC archive. 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!

See in the PubReader view now: Somatic Single-hits Inactivate the X-linked Tumor Suppressor FOXP3 in the Prostate. Or, go to the traditional article view.
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Science, easily digestible

Clean, easy to read, multi-column display. Nothing to distract you from the task of reading an article.

Access from whatever device you are using

Works on your desktop with all the major web browsers. Also works well on tablet devices.

Navigation options

On a tablet, flip the pages as you would with a book. Or tap/click the edges, use the arrow keys, page up/down keys, the scrollbar; it's all up to you.

Figures at your fingertips

Activate the figure strip to have access to all figures, no matter where you are in the article.

Search functionality

Use the new "search in page" feature to find terms throughout the article. Current term is highlighted in orange; use the arrows at the bottom to advance through items.


Try out the PubReader view

This view is available for any article that is available in full-text HTML form in PMC. It is not available for older content that is available only in PDF form 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:

Link to PubReader from table of contents (issue) page

Or from the Formats links in the top right corner of an article page in PMC:

Link to PubReader from standard article

Or, try it now with one of these articles:

Switching between the PubReader view and the classic article 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 button or the Help button in the toolbar at the top. Then select the “classic view” from either of these menus. (See image below.)

How to switch from PubReader to classic article view

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.

Technical Details

We start with the XML version of an article and use XSLT to convert it into an HTML document. We then add CSS and Javascript (JS) to implement the formatting, paging, navigation, text reflowing and other dynamic features. This, essentially, is the way we have created the traditional article display in PMC for years. The difference now is that we are able to take advantage of features and functions that are available only in the latest versions of the underlying technologies (HTML5 and CSS3).

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.

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Last updated: Thu, 30 Jan 2014