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 2.86

* Fixed proxy selection
* Fixed more annotation issues
* Improved search to align with other apps

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
232 Ratings

232 Ratings

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.

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.

Chrisstarrbailey ,

The potential is there...but so is the frustration

As a former longtime Papers for Mac user, I’m frustrated by what could be a great product with ReadCube. I do like that my articles along with annotations sync to the cloud. But it drives me nuts that this sync isn’t clean when it comes to accessing articles on the web and on an iDevice. For instance, I may make changes to the metadata in one place (iPad) and its completely ignored on another (web). Or that I cannot rate an article at all on the iPad - I have to go to a web browser to do this. So I don’t have complete confidence that if I make any notes, add comments, or alter meta tag details, it won’t work across all platforms.

I guess what I don’t understand is that even though I pay an annual subscription for this service, I feel like I’m working with freeware. The developers appear to have no sense of urgency in making value-added updates and their product timeline for the desktop based app is nonexistent.

I have two wishes. One, that the developer behind Papers never sold out. It remains a far better product even though no development has happened for over a year. Two, there was a true competitor (no, I do not consider Mendeley or Zotaro competitors) that would either push these developers or actually produce a product that treats us researchers like valued customers.

Maybe one day...but it’s clear that day isn’t today or likely to come soon.


Labtiva Inc
62 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
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