ReadCube Papers is the simplest way to read, manage and discover research literature. ReadCube 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 features include:
• 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
• Full screen PDF viewing plus multi-touch zoom/navigation for an optimal reading experience
• Multi-color highlighting and note taking tools

Easily find new papers:
• Search in PubMed, Google Scholar or ReadCube databases within the app
• Quickly download new articles with a single tap when you’re on campus or with your institutional proxy

Or import directly from Safari, email attachments and other apps:
• In Safari or 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 ReadCube library
• Metadata are automatically resolved - no more guessing with cryptic file names

Personalized Recommendations:
• Our most popular feature!
• Discover relevant new papers based on your library – 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 free ReadCube desktop app and your mobile devices

Simplify your research life – try ReadCube 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 ReadCube Papers!

What’s New

Version 2.70

* Fixes issues with sublists lists in library
* Resolves issues with menu rotation
* General optimizations and bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

Marcus713 ,

It does the job, but leaves room for improvements.

It is easy to add papers, the cross-device functionality is good and fast, so I can find a paper on my desktop, drag-and-drop, catch the bus or just pick up my tablet, and pick up where I left off. It does a good job of searching to find documents as well as automatically resolving citations. But it leaves a lot of room for improvement in annotations (I’d like to hand-write notes and scribble more easily!) and there’s no way to manually edit the Year field, which is just weird. Adding tags or some folder structure (like Sente had) would really help managing larger libraries.

Overall a good option, it will be great if they can continue to improve.

Bamaguy06 ,

Keep hoping...but, sigh.

As a long Paper3 user, who always loved ReadCube as well, I was encouraged to purchase ReadCube Pro nearly a year ago by ReadCube support when I asked what was the best course of action to maintain my libraries and functionality in the long run. I cannot express my disappointment more to say that we are still awaiting a real fusion of these apps, similar to what they have shown in a blog, but instead we get the poorly functioning ReadCubePapers iOS app that is a weak “patch” until a real hybrid emerges. The annotation is extremely poorly responsive, even with latest updates on an 2018 iPad Pro with Apple Pencil 2.0. The other functionality is far worse than Paper3 was years ago. The company needs to get their act together and return to a Papers3 model. It’s clear they just want the revenue from cloud storage subscribers and that is understandable, just get it done soon - and give those of us who purchased both Papers3 and ReadCube a free upgrade/subscription for a year. Fix the annotation so it is more fluid and easy to use, please.

rjpalumbo24 ,

Can’t login

The app is great—but as of late, I can’t use it. For the past few days, when I try to login to the iOS app or the web app, I am redirected to a “Sign in & Register” page that notes that one can use institutional credentials if their institution has a site license (which mine does not), yet, it will only accept institutional credentials: I am unable to login via my account credentials (i.e. the email and password associated with my paid account), as when I do so, I get an error message that the email domain (iCloud) is not associated with an affiliated institution (obviously). When I try my institutional email, I am redirected to OpenAthens…yet my institution does not even use OpenAthens, and the login fails. Hence, I am unable to access my account, or my library. I’m not sure if this coincides with the release of the ReadCube Papers desktop beta, but until what I am hoping is a glitch is resolved, the entire ReadCube suite gets a single star from me—especially since my emails have gone unanswered, leaving me unable to do anything with any ReadCube product.


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