Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP)

PEP-Easy Mobile Web Application Help


The PEP-Easy application is a beta-test build of a mobile web app for PEP-Web.  It focuses on providing the key operations of PEP-Web in an easy to use interface which is better suited to the smaller screens of mobile devices.  It also works on desktop systems as well, allowing more flexibility in window sizes than PEP-Web.

Beta-Test: This app is still in testing: We are currently providing it to selected users to look for issues and to comment on its functionality and interface.  Notes about the beta can be found here

A “mobile web app” is an application that runs in a browser on your phone or tablet.  However, with some browsers, like Google Chrome, you can add it to your home screen on your mobile device, and it will run “stand-alone” … without the usual browser framework, which effectively makes it behave like a stand-alone mobile app.  Unlike mobile apps, web apps do not need to be updated to use the latest enhancements.  This happens behind the scenes and automatically.  They also do not consume storage space on your mobile device.

PEP-Easy is designed as a very basic application for accessing PEP-Web articles, meant to make it easy to work with PEP-Web on limited screen size mobile devices like phones.

Video Tutorials

We are in the process of documenting PEP-Easy in a set of video tutorials.  Here is the current list:

  1. Logging in
  2. General Introduction – The Basics
  3. Searching

These are a work in progress…we are in the process of updating and improving the recording techniques.

Detailed Help Topics

Quick Help

The interface has three sections.  Clicking on the header of a section opens it:

[Tip: You can click on the header of an open section to close it.  This is faster than scrolling down, for example, to get to the next section.]

[Tip: You can use the menu, which is always at the top of your screen, to switch to another section.]

[Tip: You can use the browser or device back button to return to the documents you visited, and the searches you performed.  The sections will open as appropriate as you go back.]

  • News and Information
    • This section contains news and information about PEP-Easy and what’s new on PEP, including Recent Issues, Most Cited, and Most Downloaded articles.
    • During the Beta it will also contain any beta notes of importance.
  • Search
    • This section provides a means to search by filling in fields.
    • Results are limited to 1000 entries, as on PEP-Web
    • Results are shown 25 at a time.  (You can change this in Preferences.)
  • Read
    • This is where the abstract is shown, and where you can then either read or Download the article in ePub or PDF format.

There’s also a menu on the upper right represented by three parallel horizontal lines (displayed as ☰, sometimes colloquially referred to as a “Hamburger” icon, given it’s resemblance to the three layers in a hamburger).  The menu options are shown below:



  • The PEP-Easy  interface can be shown in other languages (currently, Spanish and French).  Select the language of your choice in the Preferences dialog.


  • IJP Open, which is an area for journal article submissions currently under review, is not accessible.
  • Some PEP-Web features are not yet available
    • Interactive video transcriptions
    • The PEP-Web “tip” feature
    • Searches by Citations, Downloads and related statistics
  • Platform issues
    • ePub downloads do not work on Apple mobile devices (iOS) while using Chrome as the browser.   Use Safari instead when you want to do ePub downloads.
    • On Apple mobile devices (iOS), the downloading of PDF and ePub is indirect, the document tries to open in the browser.  For ePub, under Safari, after choosing to download, the document information opens in a tab in Safari but shows as “Unknown”, with a link to your current choice of ePub apps.  When you open the ePub in a compatible app, the document will be correctly displayed.and then the is the downloading of ePubs works under Safari, but the browser will show “Unknown” as the document title

Using PEP-Easy

  • Accessing PEP-Easy – you can find PEP-Easy via a web-browser at

    • Requirements: To be able to use PEP-Easy, your system must meet these basic requirements:
      • Device Compatibility PEP-Easy runs on Android and IOS devices.  It’s designed for small screens but also works well on desktop screens.
      • Requirements: A recent version of one of the major web browsers.  It should run on any device as long as they can run a recent (2015+) version of Chrome, Safari, Opera, Microsoft IE or Edge.
    • User interface basics: PEP-Easy is built for touch rather than using a mouse.   As a touch-centric device, there are no hover effects such as tips, like there are on the PEP-Web desktop site.
    • Saving to your home screen: On devices that support it (Android and IOS), use the “Add to Home Screen” option to save an icon on your home screen that runs independently of your browser.
  • Logging in

    • To log in, look for the Log In menu item on the main ☰ menu
    • Logging in requires that you have established an account with PEP.  You can do so at our PaDS site.
      • Note: You can search and read abstracts of PEP-Easy without logging in.  If you are logged in, below the abstract you will have an option to Read or download the article.
    • For more detais: See this topic
  • Basic Navigation

    • There are three vertical sections to the app on the screen: “News and Information“, “Search“, and “Read“.
      • Clicking on a link in one section often automatically takes you to the appropriate other section.  For example, clicking on an article reference takes you to the “Read” section.
      • To manually move between sections, click on the section header to open (or close it).  (The basic premise is similar to using the “Tabs” on PEP-Web.)
    • When you see a hyperlinked bibliography style reference to an article in the News and Information Section or the Search Section in a result list, you can click on it to automatically open the Read Section to view the header information, and abstract (or summary) of the article
    • At the bottom of the abstract, if you are logged in, you will see three buttons, “Read”, “ePub” and “PDF”.  Select Read to view the article in the PEP-Easy interface directly.  This is the easiest option and is recommended.  The other two buttons will download a ePub and PDF version of the article.  These buttons require that your mobile device has a suitable reader for those two formats.
    • The usual PEP-Web Links in the abstract and article title itself are not available in the abstract view mode.  After you press the “Read” button, the article will contain all the usual hyperlinks including author information, links to other articles, and to the PEP Glossary.  Use the Preferences dialog to show whether PEP Glossary terms are underlined in the display.
    • You can use the back button on your mobile device to go back to the previous document or operation, just like PEP-Web works.
  • Basic Searching

    • To save screen space, you can pick from several predefined display combinations of these fields, where the rest of the fields remain hidden.  Pressing the + button above the fields will expand and show you all the fields.  Pressing the minus button (when the fields are expanded) will once again hide the other fields not part of the predefined set.  Currently, the sets which you can select from (in the Preferences dialog, click for details) are:
      • Author-Title Search
      • Author-Title Word Search – Includes an author name search field, a title search field, and a words and phrases search field
      • Author -Word Search – includes an author name search field and a words and phrases search field
      • Word-Journal Search – Includes “Search for Words and Phrases” and the Journal name
      • Word Search – includes only a words and phrases search field


    • Results are limited to 1000 entries, as on PEP-Web
    • Results are shown 25 at a time.  (You can change this in Preferences.)
    • While we present the discussion of the fields below individually, you can apply multiple criteria to your search by using multiple fields.
        • Search by Author – You can type the author’s last name, or authors last name plus first initial.  After typing 4 letters of the authors last name, a popover box will offer matching author names.   You can keep typing or select a name from the list.  If you have the option “Auto broaden author/title search” set in your preferences, you can just type part of the author’s name and it will match all authors last names with those first letters.  (You can also just type a few letters and use the wildcard “*” to stand in for the rest.)
        • Search by Title – You can enter one or more words from the title, or a phrase (surround it in quotes).  This will match any title containing those words, in any order, or the phrase, in the exact format.  You can also use a wildcard (*) and just type the prefix of any word and all words that match that prefix will be part of the search results.
        • Search by Journal – Click on the field and select the journal you want to search in the list presented.
        • Word Search – You can enter one or more words or a phrase (surrounded by quotes) that will match anywhere (other than the title, author areas) in the document.  The information button below the search fields can be clicked to bring up a a popup of tips for searching (the same basic tips as presented here):
          • These tips work in the Words or Title fields.  Some of them, like the asterisk as a wild card, will work in any field that permits direct keyboard entry.
          • You can type part of the word you’re looking for, then an asterisk (*), to find anything starting with those letters, e.g., psycho*
            • To find a phrase (words in order), surround the phrase in quotes, e.g., “primal fear”
            • You can combine multiple terms, requiring both or either to be present (AND and OR respectively.), e.g., fear or loathing