PaperShip is an iPad, iPhone, and Mac application designed to give you access to your Mendeley / Zotero library on-the-go.
You will enjoy annotating your PDFs with highlights, notes, free text, drawings and much more!

What the scientists say:
“Maybe the best app I have” by WilllllliW
“Fantastic app” by BramBZ
“Brilliant” by CherylRen
“これがないと研究できません!” by DehydrogenaseK
“Superbe pour la gestion bibliographique” by Gringopako


The most powerful annotation types for your papers (requires in-app purchase)!

• Highlights and text decoration (underline, strikethrough...),
• Notes,
• Free text,
• Hand drawing and hand writing,
• Shapes (rectangle, oval...),
• Stamps,
• Images,
• Audio recordings,
• and much more...


Note: PaperShip requires a Zotero or Mendeley account.

READ | Get access to your entire library on your mobile devices. Our build-in PDF reader is the greatest way to find and look at your latest literature. But we also support a lot of other types: image, document, spreadsheet, text, webpage... You will take advantage of the iPad and iPhone Retina screens and never need to print your publications anymore.

ANNOTATE | PaperShip provides a lot of annotation types which go far beyond what most of the reference managers offer (available through In-App Purchase). And as our tools are compliant with the PDF standard, your annotations will be available in most of the other readers.

METADATA | PaperShip allows you to read and edit article's metadata. You can now add tags, update title or change authors in an easy way whatever the type of document you are reading.

IMPACT | PaperShip is the first reference manager to link your articles to the new almetric data! Just know in real time what are the impacts of your publications inside the scientific community.

MANAGE | PaperShip keeps your articles organized based on your Mendeley/Zotero folders. Add a paper to your favorites or move it to another folder by using an incredible pane and swipe navigation. Your articles will always stay at your fingertips with the search engine.

IMPORT | Just import a new paper by tapping some keywords or looking at author name and PaperShip will bring it to your library. By selecting the Open Access option, you will be able to download automatically the linked PDF for free.

SYNC | Always stay up to date between your mobile library and your desktop application. Once you add or annotate a PDF, it will wirelessly be saved on the Mendeley/Zotero platform to be available on all of your devices.

SHARE | You have found a new incredible article? Just share it with colleagues in your groups, by email or on social networks like Twitter and Facebook and bring reference managers to the science 2.0 step.


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What’s New

Version 3.8.3

- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 Ratings

Fuzz2002 ,

Truth in Using

This app is a fantastic way for interfacing with the attachments on your Zotero account. Actually, I could not find one better. However, my endorsement comes with a couple of caveats. First, it does not replace Zotero. The interface is different and really I have only found strong utilization in its ability to annotate the files. Second, the only way I could make it work as advertised was by buying Zotero's online cloud storage. My database is just about 1G and I had been housing it primarily on my hard drive. Finally, the annotation tools are identical to the ones found in the Adobe Reader app. If you were hoping for something more exquisite, then this is not for you. Overall, as I pull articles and various other works for research, this app has become a fantastic tool to allow me to conduct my reading/annotating away from the computer.

Coldplay9gag ,

Amazing. Been 2 days. Already love it

This is exactly the app I should have installed months or years ago. It allows me to read papers on the go without having to open my laptop. It is seamlessly synced to my zotero library. I can read papers when offline. I don't use annotation much but I guess I wouldn't mind paying for such an awesome app if I need to annotate or get more services. Would be nice if the folders and sub folders in my zotero library could be collapsed or expanded at will instead of having them all expanded. Thanks for providing such a great app and service.

smj3 ,

Annotations not working on iPad Pro

I have exactly the same problem described below. Once I purchased the annotations pack, I could not get annotations to work at all until I uninstalled then reinstalled the app, then restored the annotations pack purchase. Even then, the annotations icon doesn't work as shown in the demo. You have to select text, and then you get annotation features. And, as you start annotating it sometimes will not let you out of that mode. As another user noted, "Also, it is difficult to go out of the annotation mode so I keep drawing random lines while trying to figure out how to switch to a read mode." Frustrating, as this is really needed and has great potential. Reading my Zotero database is not a problem, so at least for that part of the functionality it seems fine.


55.3 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. PDF Annotation Pack $9.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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