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

3.4 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

dgistsk ,

generally good

i have used papers since the first version and there is no other option that will search for and match medical papers easily, importing the reference and metadata and pdf automatically. coupled with ability to open pdf in preview, highlight text, which is then viewed seemlessly in papers these are critical features i couldn’t do without as a busy hospital doctor. i was put off upgrading for years by awful reviews and horror stories. i looked at all the options but there isn’t anything that replicates this functionality. therefore i eventually cautiously upgraded each version and have been pleasantly surprised no major issues so far. it has always been slightly buggy here and there for me with syncing between mac/iphone/ipads but generally worked satisfactorily. seems better this version. UI had nothing wrong with it before that i noticed but now looks more modern at least. however i find it a bit less intuitive to navigate around the different view sections and tabs than before though (e.g. mainly read vs search, what is open to view vs what is in the library already) partly probably because of social media sharing type functions which have been added, which are probably great for some people but not used by me. Well done for sticking at it though developers - please keep going.

fairydreams ,

An improvement over Papers, on a fast device

On the iPad this is a good, full-featured reference editor. With good discovery via multiple search, cataloging via categories / keywords / stars / colours, markup via highlighting / underlining and other features.

On the iPhone this is a good reference reader, but many of the meta-data editing features are missing on the iPhone, though the document markup aspects remain.

Random Numbers ,

Buggy but still better than others

Mirroring the development on the Mac, the Papers app for iOS has got buggier, but is now improving again. I regularly find the UI getting stuck, or not making the database changes which I ask for. Importing papers is clunky and inconsistent. The sync is extremely slow, and seems to destabilise the app. Making this worse is that the app must be open to sync. Keeping all my PDFs on my iPad Pro (12.9") is a nonstarter and makes the app unusably unstable, crashing repeatedly. Papers support is very responsive, and have advised not to keep all library PDFs on the device.

Papers has suffered from a bad feature creep, and is sacrificing stability for mostly useless social and cloud features. It could use a back-to-basics rewrite focussing on core functionality.


103.9 MB

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



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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