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With the newest version of the ReadCube Papers desktop app, we’ve added SmartCite for Citekeys which makes it possible to format your references across a wide range of writing platforms (including being an alternative to our dedicated Add-ons for Word and Google Docs.)

(ReadCube Papers is supported by Digital Science — part of Holtzbrinck, the majority shareholder in Nature ’s publisher, Springer Nature.) For Goldacre, Paperpile’s seamless compatibility with. Cloud: Free until 350 MB and after that subscription starts from $20/year Compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux Integration with MS Word, Apple Pages and Google Docs Readcube Papers 3. Enter Scrivener. My frustration with Word drove me to experiment with many other word processors like Pages, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and Google Docs.Although it wasn’t first on my list to try, I kept hearing rave reviews of a program called Scrivener from accomplished writers like Michael Hyatt and Jeff Goins. Paperpile authenticates securely with your Google Account. Our servers never access your password or store it anywhere. It also connects to your Google Drive, but cannot access your personal data — only files you upload via Paperpile. And of course, we won't share your e-mail address with anyone.

If you have not set up citekey management yet on the desktop app please review our Citekey Management article on how to do so.

In addition to being an alternative to our Google Docs Add-on, other supported writing tools include:

  • Scriveners (Coming Soon)
  • Ulysses (Coming Soon)

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If you use a tool that we don’t have listed, please let us know at ReadCube Papers Support.

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Inserting References into Google Docs

Copy the citekey on the article information page. You will want to make sure you are copying citekeys from the same library (ie. your personal library or one shared library). If you have any items that are saved across different libraries, you will want to make a copy of the references so they are all in one place.

Then in your document paste the citekey in between curly brackets so it looks like {Wu:2016}

If you are adding more than one reference in the same line, you will need to separate citekeys by commas {Wu:2016, Hepatology2020}

*Note - do not include spaces after the period when inserting a reference or there will be a space in between the in-text citations when the document is formatted.

Inserting Bibliography

When you're ready to insert your bibliography simply type {bibliography} onto your Word document. The format document will do all the heavy lifting when you convert it later.

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Exporting Your Google Doc

Now, you're going to download your Google document to a .docx file. On Google Docs head to File > Download > Microsoft Word (.docx). Save the document in a place that is easily accessible, such as your Desktop.

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Once your document is saved as a .docx file, head back to Papers > Tools > Format Document


You will need to select the library the references you used came from, whether your Personal or Shared Library. Choose from over 9,000 different reference styles from the style list. Then browse for your document and Save As.

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Your new formatted document will save in the same location as your converted Google Docs document.

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When you open it up you will find a completely formatted document.