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 2.88

* Fixed some proxy issues

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
280 Ratings

280 Ratings

echcr ,

Essential for scientist

This app has become necessary for me during my PhD endeavor. It provides a good platform for organizing and managing my papers library, also, tools for accessing online articles are friendly and intuitive, with the possibility of synchronizing the library between multiple devices, specially my laptop and iPad.

I wish it had better or more tools for editing articles. I use the app in my iPad Pro, with Apple Pencil. But cannot write down hand-written notes. I think that’s a necessary feature that need to be implemented in order to make the app more appealing and functional or just to make it perfect for scientists.

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



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