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Managing your references: ReadCube Papers

Citations and bibliographies

Cite references and create bibliographies using SmartCite for Word 2016+ and Google Docs. There are thousands of citation styles to choose from.

ReadCube Papers app

ReadCube Papers is available as an app for iOS and Android. Import, read, annotate and organise your papers easily while on the move. Find out more on the ReadCube Papers website:

Sharing and Collaboration

With a ReadCube Papers subscription, you can create up to five shared libraries which you can share with your colleagues. Existing Papers users will be directed straight to your shared library. Colleagues who do not use ReadCube Papers will be able to access your shared library through the 30 day trial.

Find instructions on the ReadCube Papers website:

How does it work?

ReadCube Papers is a desktop and web-based reference manager that enables you to add to, organise and browse your research library. It is available for Mac and Windows users. To use the desktop version, you will need to download the software from the ReadCube Papers website:

The software costs $60 to download (student discount and 30 day trial available), with the added benefit of retaining your research library even after you leave Oxford:

ReadCube Papers supersedes Papers 3. Find out how to migrate your Papers 3 library into ReadCube Papers on Papers' website:

Collecting references

Below are tips on how to collect references and build up your ReadCube Papers library.

Direct export

  • Many popular databases including PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science
  • Google Scholar

Indirect export

  • From online databases and other reference management software.
  • Import file formats: BibTex, RIS, XML.
  • Drag and drop articles from your hard drive.

Matching Metadata

  • Automatically matches metadata from imported articles.
  • Option to manually match an article to its metadata

Web Importer

Install the ReadCube Papers browser extension in Chrome, Firefox. Safari or Edge to capture references and PDFs:

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