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Journals, now browsable by subject with BrowZine!

Browse library journals with Browzine

What is BrowZine?

BrowZine brings scholarly, academic journal content together from multiple publishers and platforms into a single place, where you can save your favorite journals, view the tables of contents, and read or save articles, as new issues are released.
Use the BrowZine App to set up table of contents alerts for your favorite journals. 
Use BrowZine Web to browse recent issues of journals by subject.  A My Bookshelf feature is coming soon to BrowZine Web.

What isn’t BrowZine?

BrowZine is not designed for in-depth research or searching. For that, we recommend Library Search, or the many databases and indexes that the Library subscribes to. If you have questions about the best source for your research needs, please contact the liaison librarian for your discipline or Ask a Librarian.

Who is it for?

People who want to stay current on articles being published in their field – researchers, faculty, administrators, graduate students and anyone else with favorite titles.  Use the BrowZine App to get table of contents alerts when new issues are published automatically.  My Bookshelf is available in BrowZine Web.

How do I get BrowZine?  

Download the BrowZine App which offers a table of contents current awareness service for smart phones and tablet devices.

The library also has access to BrowZine Web, a virtual bookshelf of scholarly journals organized by subject - accessible from any desktop browser. 

What devices are supported?

The BrowZine App is available for all versions of iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches with iOS v7.x +, on Android tablets or smart phones with OS 4.1+, and the Kindle Fire HD from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Amazon Kindle App Store. It’s a free download, but make sure to choose “Simon Fraser University" from the list of libraries so you have access to the journals we subscribe to.
BrowZine Web is accessible from the internet via a desktop or laptop computer.  

Will it work off campus?

Yes! If you run into problems, however, please contact us at

Why aren’t certain journals included?

BrowZine includes the majority of academic commercial and scholarly publishers, and is adding more on a regular basis. To get notified about new additions, check their website or sign up for their newsletter.  BrowZine is focused on scholarly academic, primarily peer-reviewed journals and does NOT include newspapers or magazines.  
If there is a scholarly journal not included in BrowZine, let us know and we will forward a request to BrowZine to add it to their service. Contact to suggest a journal for BrowZine. 

Where is the back content?

BrowZine is a tool to access current journal content.   To search for articles, or access backfile content, please use one of our other options, such as the Electronic Journals database for the older content of a specific journal, or one of our article databases or Library Search for older articles.

How can I get help or find more information?

Email the Electronic Resources department for help getting or using BrowZine.  In addition, Third Iron, the company that created BrowZine, has an extensive support section on their website.
And, check out this review in the Chronicle of Higher Education!

Advanced FAQs

Are preprint or prepublication articles included?

Partially - yes.   At present, BrowZine supports this for 900+ titles and are continuing to add support for more titles over the next few months.  As different publishers display this material differently, some development work is needed to display this correctly across all publishers.

Is there an embargo on any of the articles?

No. Articles in journal titles for which the library has a current subscription and whose publisher is supported by BrowZine can be accessed as soon as they’re published digitally and assigned a DOI by the organization CrossRef. For more information about DOIs and CrossRef, see CrossRef's Fast Facts.

Will links to other articles from the bibliographies or footnotes work?

Links in articles should work, if we have a subscription to the journal being linked to. If you get an error message, please email us at

Will BrowZine work without an internet connection?

Articles which have been saved can be found in the Saved Articles area of the BrowZine App and can be read off-line, but other features will not work.  

Can articles be printed?

The BrowZine App does not offer a printing function, but articles can be opened in other apps that do allow printing, like Dropbox or iBooks, Use the icon in the upper right hand corner (three little squares in Android, a rectangle with an arrow in iOS) to open an article in a different app. The apps that are available there will depend on what is installed on your device.
BrowZine Web works like any other web-service and you should be able to print normally if you are connected to a printer. 

Can I export articles to a citation management tool?

The Browzine App supports Zotero and Mendeley for citation management.  

A journal on my bookshelf is greyed out, and won’t open. How do I fix it?

Hold your finger down on the journal until it begins to move. Click the X in the corner, then find the journal via the subject browse or title search, and add it again.