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Read by QxMD: Resource information

Read by QxMD provides a single place to discover new research, read outstanding topic reviews and search PubMed.

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On this page

  • Overview of the app
  • Downloading the app
  • Creating a user account
  • Setting up full-text access
  • Setting up notifications and email alerts
  • Creating, sharing and following collections
  • Requesting articles
  • Support

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Guide note:

Only apps displayed on this guide are supported by the ANZCA Library.

Read by QxMD aims to provide a single place to keep up with newly published medical & scientific research articles.

It is easy to set-up, employs an alerts-based approach to notifications, and displays content in the style of a personalised digital journal.


  • Uses an alerts-based approach to notify users of newly published content
  • Track newly published content based on journal, topic or even keyword!
  • Get full-text PDFs with one tap
  • Browse through 1000s of outstanding topic reviews
  • Search millions of articles from PubMed and our database of outstanding topic reviews
  • Read your favorite journals or browse article collections.
  • Access full-text through ANZCA Library's institutional subscription or via open access publishers
  • Share articles with colleagues over email,TwitterandFacebook
  • Organize and review your personal collection of articles

Recommendation: This app is ideal for tracking newly published content and for bookmarking articles for CPD purposes.

Download the Read by QxMD app:

You can download the app through the QxMD website:

Or via one of these links:

iOS (iTunes App Store) - Access: Free

Android (Google Play) - Access: Free

Web app - Access: Free

Signing in:

Once you have downloaded the app, ANZCA and FPM Fellows and trainees will need to create a user account (see sidebar), which will allow them to keep up-to-date on their specialist topics, favourite journals and so on.

  1. Open the app
  2. New users should will need to set up a new account (see sidebar)
  3. If you already have an account:
    • Sign in with Facebook OR
    • Enter your account credentials:
      • Select the LOGIN link
      • Enter Email and Password
      • Click the Sign In button on the top-right

Setting up institutional/full-text access:

  1. Once signed in, select the Settings cog (top corner)
  2. Under Account Settings, select Institutional Access
  3. Select Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  4. Select your login preference = Automatic Login Using Library Login
  5. Enter your Account Details:
    • College ID
    • Password
  6. Click Done (or tick) when complete

User accounts can be used to personalise access, set up notifications and download PDF content for the Read by QxMD app.

  1. After installing, open the app
  2. Click on the green SIGN UP (or NEW ACCOUNT) button
  3. Complete the Personalization form:
    • Your Profession - for example: Physician
    • Your Specialty = Anesthesiology AND/OR Pain Management
    • Your Location = Australia OR New Zealand
  4. Click Next (or Continue)
  5. Add any other specialties and click Next (or Continue) OR don't select anything and click Skip
  6. Add Keywords, Collections and Journals of interest and click Next (or Continue) OR don't select anything and click Skip
  7. Sign in using Facebook OR enter your name/email credentials to create a Read by QxMD profile:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Work ZIP (Post Code)
    • Email
    • Password
  8. Click Done (or Finish) when complete

It is possible to set up the Read by QxMD app to send SMS-style alerts/email notifications based on a whole range of settings, including publication of articles related to chosen specialties, journals, collections and keywords.

  1. Sign into the Read by QxMD app
  2. Select the Feed, My Journals, My Collections, or My Keywords icon from the bottom of the screen
  3. Select the Edit link/cog (top-right corner)
  4. Under Edit settings:
    • Search/select/enter your specialty(-ties)/journals(s)/collection(s)/keywords for which you would like to set up alerts/notifications
    • Click Done (or tick) when complete
  5. Close out of Edit settings
  6. Select the Settings cog/tile (top left corner)
  7. Under Account Settings, select App Settings & Information (or App Settings on Android)
  8. The following settings can be adjusted:
    • Automatic PDF Download
    • Download Finished Notification
    • Attach PDF when Emailing Papers
    • Notification Settings:
      • Under Email Notifications: [*recommended]
        • Read by QxMD | Collections*
        • Read by QxMD | Updates*
        • Read by QxMD | Journals TOCs*
        • Read by QxMD | Keywords*
        • Read by QxMD | Weekly Update*
        • Read by QxMD | Most Read*
        • Read by QxMD | Marketing
        • Note: Ensure email settings for Calculate by QxMD, QxMD, Learn by QxMD are disabled.
      • Under Push Notifications [*recommended]
        • New articles from journals you've subscribed to*
        • New articles from collections you've subscribed to*
        • New articles from keywords you've subscribed to*
        • Landmark new research
        • General notifications
        • New comment on paper's I'm interested in
        • New follower for my shared collection
        • New comment on papers in my collection
        • Trending papers*
    • Click Done (or tick) when complete

Add articles to a Collection

  1. Sign into the Read by QxMD app
  2. Tap the search icon (bottom-right of the app screen)
  3. Enter your search term and select the Search button
  4. Select (tap) the article you would like to add to a collection
  5. Click on the symbol (top of article)
  6. Select an existing collection or click the New button to create a new collection
  7. Either select the New button and enter a collection Name and Description (for a new collection) or select an existing collection (from the list)
  8. Repeat steps 2-7 to add additional articles

Share a Collection

  1. Tap on the symbol at the bottom of the app screen
  2. The Saved Papers view will display with a list of My Private Collections
  3. Select the collection in the list
  4. Toggle the Make Public button to share

The collection can now be selected by other users (see Notifications/Alerts box).

To Follow a Collection

Note: This assumes the user has downloaded the app and created a profile.

  1. Sign into the Read by QxMD app and select the My Collections icon (bottom of screen)
  2. Select the Edit link/cog (top-right corner)
  3. You can either select collections from the Recommended tab, or
  4. Select the search icon (top right of screen) and enter a search term in the search box (for example: ANZCA Clinical Trials Network) and click the Search button
  5. Select the Collection you would like to follow
  6. Click Back (or tick) when complete

It is possible to request articles via the Read by QxMD app.

Note: Please ensure you have set up institutional access/full-text access (see Download & access instructions) before attempting to request articles.

  1. Open the Read by QxMD app
  2. Select an article - the app will check for full-text access
  3. If the article is not available full-text, the PDF Not available message will display at the bottom of the screen

  1. Select the Tap Here for Options. section

  1. Select the Request Copy option
  2. This will open a pre-populated email request
  3. Enter your College ID and Email address
  4. Click the Send button to submit

Promote your research through Read by QxMD!

ANZCA's Institutional Edition of Read by QxMD allows the ANZCA Library to create "campaigns" to promote significant published research papers to its over 2100 ANZCA & FPM users.

The papers contained in the campaign display as Promoted Research and is highly visible when the user logs into the Read by QxMD app or receives an alert email.

Users are then able to link through to the full-text (where available) or request an article via document delivery if there is no full-text available via the ANZCA library.

To date Read by QxMD campaigns for promoted papers has resulted in 42,732 impressions and 1800 direct views.

Previous campaigns have included:

  • RELIEF study
  • BALANCED study
  • PADDI study

If you are interested in setting up a Read by QxMD campaign for your paper/s or research project, then contact the ANZCA library via the library feedback form.


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