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 2.6

* Improved Apple Pencil and drawing support
* Improved searching within PDFs
* Various bug fixes and performance optimizations

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
100 Ratings
100 Ratings
Bamaguy06 ,

Keep hoping...but, sigh.

As a long Paper3 user, who always loved ReadCube as well, I was encouraged to purchase ReadCube Pro nearly a year ago by ReadCube support when I asked what was the best course of action to maintain my libraries and functionality in the long run. I cannot express my disappointment more to say that we are still awaiting a real fusion of these apps, similar to what they have shown in a blog, but instead we get the poorly functioning ReadCubePapers iOS app that is a weak “patch” until a real hybrid emerges. The annotation is extremely poorly responsive, even with latest updates on an 2018 iPad Pro with Apple Pencil 2.0. The other functionality is far worse than Paper3 was years ago. The company needs to get their act together and return to a Papers3 model. It’s clear they just want the revenue from cloud storage subscribers and that is understandable, just get it done soon - and give those of us who purchased both Papers3 and ReadCube a free upgrade/subscription for a year. Fix the annotation so it is more fluid and easy to use, please.

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.

TDY42 ,

Disappointment for Papers3 users

I’ve been using Papers since version 2, and it has been essential for my work.
After it’s acquired by ReadCube, many functions haven’t been implemented. The biggest problem to me is its citation manager. It’s basically useless. It is a lot less user friendly, and does not format the style correctly.
Another problem is their support. It’s really a joke to me. One support who’s name is Cary took more than two months to respond to my question about this citation problem, and at the end told me they don’t know when they can fix the problem.
I cannot recommenced it for now. Hopefully they will improve the app at least to have all the functionality of Papers3.


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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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