Papers 3 Citation Manager

What is Papers

Papers is a reference manager app that offers a really nice way to  find, organize, read, cite and share the journal articles.

It’s available for Mac, Windows and IOS. To write a manuscript, this app is very easy to use to generate citations.

Why I Use Papers

I rely heavily on Papers 3 for Mac and have been using it since version 2.  It’s also available for Windows.  I previously used Endnote, Mendeley and Zotero and chose Papers because of how much I liked the look, feel and features it offers.

Here are three reasons I really like this app.

  1. Papers has a distinctly uncluttered and beautiful interface that is intuitive and elegant. The interface is ‘relaxing’.  I feel at ease when I use Papers for the needed tasks.
  2. The unique tools for annotating a PDF are not matched by any other similar application. You can drop a ‘pin’, like you do on a Google Map, to indicate precisely where you annotated a PDF. To appreciate this feature, you just have to Papers.
  3. I can import PDF’s in a couple of ways. It’s a snap.

One thing that annoys me and  put up with: it crashes when I import large PDFs and in a few other instances.  The developers are working on this.  Even with the occasional spinning wheel on my Mac, I still stick with Papers. It’s worth it.


See How Awesome Papers Is: 3 Min Video Walkthrough

The how-to videos on this page offer a quick overview of Papers 3 installed on a Mac running Yosemite. I also show how to export citations from Papers 3 to EndNote. View videos in full screen.


How to export Endnote libraries to Papers


Learn More

Download the App and see more features at Papers 3 for Mac.

Papers 3 was originally developed for the Mac OS and is now available for Windows. I have not tried the Windows version yet.

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