Workflow for ReadCube and Papers3

I am switching between ReadCube and Papers a lot. I like both tools (although I have had my share of problems with both as well), but they have different strengths and I want a combination.

ReadCube is really great for finding papers. Their enhanced PDFs makes it very easy to get to cited papers and they are really good at finding papers that have cited what you are reading. So for reading through the literature it is my favourite. It sucks when you have to cite papers, though. I have tried to use its citation tool but it only works with Word and you are screwed if you want to sort the cited references alphabetically.

Papers is better for citing, especially when you want to use BibTeX. It works well with most editors and it is very easy to export your library to a BibTex file. It isn’t automated, which is a pity, but it is reasonably good.

So what I really want is to use ReadCube when collecting my papers and then use Papers when citing them.

Here’s a little trick for automatically importing papers to Papers when you import them into ReadCube.

You can tell Papers to watch for PDFs in a folder and automatically import them. So if you go to preferences you can tell it to watch the ReadCube files. It should be in your Documents folder and be called something like ReadCube Media.

This won’t import the papers there, though, it just makes a folder where, if you add the PDFs there it will import them.

To automatically add new papers you go to Automator and make a Folder Action that simply copies new files into this folder.

Now, when you import a file in ReadCube you will also get it added to Papers.

Author: Thomas Mailund

My name is Thomas Mailund and I am a research associate professor at the Bioinformatics Research Center, Uni Aarhus. Before this I did a postdoc at the Dept of Statistics, Uni Oxford, and got my PhD from the Dept of Computer Science, Uni Aarhus.

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