[Purposes] The development of academic journal Apps in China is seriously delayed. By seeking the countermeasures of academic journal Apps, the development of academic journals on mobile can be realized. [Methods] Through the survey of the current status of the development and use of academic journal Apps in China, the sluggish development reasons of group and single journal Apps were analyzed, and the effective substitutes were explored. [Findings] The advantages and feasibilities of progressive web App (PWA), WeChat applet and domain publishing are demonstrated respectively. [Conclusions] The development of platform App is positive as a means of academic communication, but the way of group or single journal Apps does not work. While the development of mobile reading is still one of the future directions for academic journals, PWA, WeChat applet and domain publication can be perfect alternatives.
Progressive web App,