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Papers 3 - Academic Reference Manager


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Papers is your personal library of research on the go. Find, read, organize, share and sync your research papers - anytime, anywhere!

• Revolutionize how you collect, organize, and read documents.
• Search simultaneously from 20+ repositories, including PubMed, Google Scholar and ArXiv.
• When you import papers into your library, Papers lets you organize them in collections and read, annotate and freehand draw them in glorious full screen.
• Import Word, PowerPoint, and other document files to your library and organize them just as easy as your PDFs.
• Automatically find and download the PDF for references you import from search engines, when the full-text is available!
• Papers now also optionally lets you synchronize your library via your local Wi-Fi network or Dropbox to your Mac, PC and iOS devices.
• Create Shared Collections and add content to your Reading List, also accessible via your web browser.
• Support for Apple Pencil in the reader mode.

Papers is a full workflow solution designed to make sure you spend time on what’s important: your research.

What's New in Version 3.4.6

Performance & Stability:
• Sync: Improvements to performance, memory usage and stability of Dropbox and Wi-Fi sync.
• Importing: Resolves a crash when importing certain PDFs with bad metadata.
• Stability: Other general stability improvements.


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Customer Reviews


I've been using Papers for a long time, and it is, by far, the best tool for managing academic and even business research. I have over 10,000 books and articles in my collection, and I have access to my research pretty much wherever I am. I use all the tools that Mekentosj offers: tools on my MacBook, my desktop Mac, my iPad, iPhone, and now a new iMac. Everything is linked. My only request would be to provide some richer tools for collaborating remotely. I have several colleagues that are hundreds if not thousands of miles apart, and we could really use a web-based solution, maybe something in the cloud.

All that said, I encourage people to share their ideas with the team as they have been incredibly responsive to date. Great job!

An invaluable and constantly improving tool

This app (and its companion program on the Mac) have been invaluable in my research, first as a law student and now as a doctoral student in political science. The ability to consolidate and mark up the myriad sources I draw on helps during the research, and the citation manager is useful in wrangling large numbers of citations and the different citation requirements of multiple journals.

The only features I'd like to see improved in the IOS version are: the ability to type notes into the margins using a text box rather than a sticky note and the ability to flatten annotations without having to export the PDFs first.

Otherwise, this is a largely flawless academic tool I recommend to all my colleagues.

Terrible broken app

I own the desktop app and wanted to take advantage of being able to take my papers on the way with me... Well, nothing of synch process went smoothly for me ever since I started using this app till the deletion point. In a nutshell:
- synching works only via separately created network on your notebook, connection of an iPad and the notebook with the same WiFi-network will not be enough;
- the more you synch, the more discrepancies you get: first, I observed the difference in the number of papers, which grew from 10 to 20, then over 300 deleted papers kept appearig as ghost papers on the mobile version with no attached files;
- no indicator showing the progress of transfering pdfs; the process just last enernally without you never knowing whether the transfer is completed or not.
Unfortunately, I had to delete this mediocre app and use other readers for iPad. Worst experience ever...

Papers 3 - Academic Reference Manager
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 3.4.6
  • Size: 104 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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