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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.

Best App to Manage Research

So far this is the best app to track the numerous articles read by every humanities PhD student. The app's key feature is that it provides a central repository to store and organize the hundreds of pdfs of the articles read and makes it easy to manage the citations of these aritcles. Since the work stored in this app makes up a huge part of one's PhD dissertation -- the backing up to Dropbox is a key feature. With that said, this app is not incredibly useful unless one is using it with the desktop companion app. Another criticism would be that the app could make it a bit easier to add more user commentaries and notes to articles. Overall, this is still the best app to manage one's research library!

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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