(where APP = Automatic PDF Pusher)
I have five browser tabs open to article abstracts, from four different journals.
All five articles are currently published as provisional PDFs.
All look interesting and/or relevant to my work, but don’t quite tip the balance into “OMG I must read this NOW even though it’ll take up way more paper and I’ll constantly be flipping back and forth between the text, figures, and figure legends” territory.
And so I wait, hitting the refresh button in each tab every morning.
Sometimes it takes weeks for the final, formatted version to appear.
Five tabs at a time is enough to make me start thinking about alternatives; my usual range would be 1-3 such tabs per week.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an option on the article’s home page to receive an email / text / smart phone notification once the provisional PDF is replaced by a nicely formatted version?
I hereby claim copyright of this idea and demand a share of the no doubt extensive royalties it will generate. For the record, I’d almost certainly think about spending 99 cents on the iPhone app version.
Who’s with me? And what other geeky apps would you probably think about spending 99 cents on?