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:
• 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 ReadCube 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 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 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 ReadCube Papers desktop and web apps or your other mobile devices

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

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What’s New

Version 3.10

New Smart List creator and editor.
New sort options for all collection views.
Added menu item grouping.
Added ability to select full text download for each collection.
Added notification area to menu.
Improved Recommendations engine.
Improved ReadCube Papers search.
Improved PDF reader and annotation editing.
Various small improvements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
387 Ratings

387 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.

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.

ChrisVV ,

Step back from Papers 3 for now

I hope I can revise this to 5 stars soon, but for now, too much of Readcube is a step back in basic functionality from Papers 3. Want to see recently imported papers easily? Look up a hyper-customized search entry online in convoluted support. Want to see a preview of an article in the preview window so you can correct the inevitably incorrect imported citation? Sorry, open the article in a new window and switch back and forth as you type. Want to use preview at all? Sorry, you need to open it in a separate viewing window entirely. Hopeful that years worth of markup transferred correctly from a Papers 3 library? Sorry- all your written annotations appear only as red squiggles all over your imported Readcube file. C’mon guys. If you want to move to a subscription model, focus on keeping the immense value that was already there in papers before adding links to sources in documents. I can see potential here, but some of the more basic things are still missing- get this right.

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