Papers by ReadCube 17+


Designed for iPad

    • 3.8 • 506 Ratings
    • Free



Papers by ReadCube is the simplest way to read, manage and discover research literature. Papers on your iPhone and iPad are the perfect companions to the Papers desktop software, enabling you to access your papers anywhere – read on the go, organize your library, and annotate PDFs with notes and highlights.

Enhanced PDF:
• Tap-able inline citations, reference lists, and author names so you can quickly find cited articles and related information
• Supplements are automatically attached where available
• Fullscreen or double-page PDF viewing plus multi-touch zoom/navigation for an optimal reading experience
• Multi-color highlighting and note taking tools

Easily find new papers:
• Search the Papers databases within the app
• Quickly download new articles with a single tap when you’re on campus or with your institutional proxy
• Import directly from Safari, email attachments, and other apps
• In your preferred browser, use any search engine to find article PDFs
• Use the “Open In…” option from the browser or any app to add PDFs to your Papers library
• Metadata is automatically resolved - no more guessing with cryptic file names

Personalized Recommendations:
• Discover relevant new papers based on your library or lists – you’ll never miss another important paper again!

Stay organized:
• Create custom lists and sort articles into one or multiple lists
• Quickly search your entire library (and all annotations)
• Add any number of #tags to further customize your library organization
• Sync everything – papers, notes, highlights – between the Papers desktop and web apps or your other mobile devices

Simplify your research life – try Papers for free on your iPhone, iPad, and computer.

We love feedback from our users - please email with any suggestions or issues. Thanks for using Papers!

What’s New

Version 3.42

Added search menu item collapse option.
Improved application full text and author search.
Improved PDF undo and redo annotation operations.
Improved menu and overall UI responsivity.
Various other small improvements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
506 Ratings

506 Ratings

scidoc666 ,

So far, so good.

I used Papers for years as an academic; I loved the ability to paste reference place holders in plain text, and use that feature collaboratively with members of my team. But over the past few years it got buggy and crash-prone. When Readcube started, the rate of improvement was slow and I stayed away. After testing the other options, I finally tried the new Papers again, and it’s much better. No crashes, search works well, and it integrates with Google Scholar on Firefox (althought NOT with Safari). I’ve finally subscribed and stopped using the old Papers.
It’s not perfect; Search has some quirks that take getting used to (like diacritical marks are required) and I haven’t tried shared libraries yet. But overall, a solid program with a good UI and integration with MS Word.

Stlbug ,

Best app for mobile users

There are several good citation managers that allow importing and annotating article PDFs from a PC. My work flow is that I like to add citations wherever I learn about them, and that means entering my iPhone, while reading and making notes on my iPad. I was a happy user of Mendeley until they terminated the iOS mobile app. Papers is outstanding for this use. I can add references and PDFs instantly from a pc browser add on or directly from the app. While reading an article, it’s easy to highlight, annotate, take notes. A side bar instantly grabs any cited papers that I might want, and another tab finds related articles. It’s easy to organize my library by tags and hierarchical lists. I’m sure there are other fine features but I’ve been too busy doing great research to find about them.

danielpcox ,

Needs work, but I’m subscribing when my trial expires

As of 2.70, it’s pretty ok, with lots of room for improvement. Papers 3 was significantly better all around, but since ReadCube owns them now, I expect ReadCube Papers will be importing more and more of their features.

The most important features for me are there though, and import/search especially are working well enough for now.

The reader view UI needs work: The carrier, clock, and battery icons aren’t hidden but merely white in full-screen. Highlighting and annotations are flaky, and there’s no undo button (you have to delete an entire highlight/annotation at once as an object, so small mistakes mean you have to redraw entirely.) Highlighting and annotation also just sometimes just stop working, and I’ll need to exit the pdf to get it back. Export only includes highlights and annotations on the first two pages for some reason. There aren’t options for switching from horizontal paging to vertical scrolling.

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