Papers is your personal library of research on the go. Find, read, organize, share and sync your research papers - anytime, anywhere!

• Revolutionize how you collect, organize, and read documents.
• Search simultaneously from 20+ repositories, including PubMed, Google Scholar and ArXiv.
• When you import papers into your library, Papers lets you organize them in collections and read, annotate and freehand draw them in glorious full screen.
• Import Word, PowerPoint, and other document files to your library and organize them just as easy as your PDFs.
• Automatically find and download the PDF for references you import from search engines, when the full-text is available!
• Papers now also optionally lets you synchronize your library via your local Wi-Fi network or Dropbox to your Mac, PC and iOS devices.
• Create Shared Collections and add content to your Reading List, also accessible via your web browser.
• Support for Apple Pencil in the reader mode.

Papers is a full workflow solution designed to make sure you spend time on what’s important: your research.

What’s New

Version 3.4.8

###What's new
- Fixes compatibility issues with iOS 11
- Fixes an issue where searching via Google Scholar didn't return any search results
- Improves Dropbox syncing

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Moonstrips ,

Would be perfect with better Apple Pencil support.

This app is excellent on both Mac and iOS. The only complaint I have is that using an Apple Pencil to annotate on iPad is not a particularly great experience because it results in jagged and pixelated lines. If it was smooth like other annotation apps in this regard, then it would be a perfect app.

Skeo ,

Much better than it used to be, but still needs work

Syncing between iOS and Mac seems to work pretty well these days. Finding and matching papers works pretty well, with login through institutional libraries which is great.


The filing system is awful and has been ever since the change from version 2 to 3 on the Mac. I hope whoever made that decision got fired. The default view on opening shows all papers in the library, which is so completely pointless if you have any more than a handful.

No split screen on iPad. Really not acceptable for a productivity app.

The highlighting system with OCR is potentially amazing but in practice horrible. Apparently the developer thinks that text in papers is always contained perfectly inside a rectangle and so only allows you to draw rectangles to highlight text. If you want to start a highlight mid paragraph, or highlight across columns, you’re out of luck. You can make multiple highlights, but then you end up with disjointed notes from the OCR with no way to merge or edit them.

Despite what they claim, there is no Apple Pencil support. The whole point of Pencil support is that you annotate with the pencil and scroll with your finger, without need to select a different tool each time. Every other app on iPad manages this, but apparently too hard here.

Badly needs to be updated to take advantage of modern hardware and iOS features.

Domenico! ,

A great app, poorly supported now

Papers is a fantastic app on Mac and iOS, it’s still a great reference manager with really nifty features. But it is a shame to see it’s no longer being actively supported. Some features do not work as they should, syncing only occurs when the application is open, adding files is not as easy as it could be, split screen support could be implemented and editing text fields is buggy (on iPad Pro).

I won’t speculate about the development strategy applied since the ReadCube acquisition. However the ‘new’ ReadCube Papers app doesn’t qualify as a replacement to this. It lacks many of the features that make this application great like. This is the only reference manager I know of that will let me copy a LaTeX citekey! Please bring back support to this application.


103.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
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