Article Matcher Do’s and Don’ts

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With ReadCube Papers you have the ease of knowing that when adding articles to your library they will come automatically resolved with full metadata. By design, Papers automatically scans each PDF that is imported in order to find and resolve your PDFs. It crosses the metadata of the PDF across our database of 140 million citations to find the correct match.

While Papers has a 95% match rate for imported articles, there are instances when an article can import without metadata. One instance that can cause the article to import unresolved is if the PDF is a scanned version and not a digital copy. Since Papers can’t read the content it is unable to look for the metadata. Another example of when the article will import without metadata is if there is a cover page on the article. Some publishers will include a receipt or invoice as a cover page. Since the matcher only scans the first page of the PDF it may not capture any metadata that lies on the second page of the PDF.

The good news is when articles are not resolved Papers make it easy for you to find the metadata with our matcher. The Papers matcher will automatically appear on the Info panel when it can’t auto-match metadata.

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Once the matcher opens there will be several fields you can enter to help Papers try and find the correct metadata. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help get you to the correct paper faster.

Matcher Do’s

  • Do double check the suggested matches – By default the matcher will give a selection of articles it may think to be a match. Double-check the metadata is all correct (DOI, Title, Authors) as there can be slight differences if it is suggesting a pre-print version of the article (think different year date). If it is not an exact match you may need to fill out the form to find one.
  • Do clear all the metadata out from the entries – It is uncommon for all the fields to auto-fill. Usually, the title of the PDF is the only information that populates but this can oftentimes be the wrong name. Unresolved PDFs take the file name and not the article title so you want to be sure you are starting off with clear.
  • Do use the PDF preview pane – The preview pane will make it easy to copy over the metadata such as the title and DOI or title so you don’t waste time manually typing the information in.

Matcher Don’ts

  • Don’t use every field in the matcher – The Papers matcher is very powerful. You only need to enter about 1-2 fields. Usually, if you can find the DOI of the article that is all you need to find the correct match. If the DOI is not present try only using the title and first author.
  • Don’t use the whole title – Again with the matcher, less is more. If the article has a long title, try using only the first few words and let the matcher do the rest!

We are adding articles to our database each day, which means our matcher will continue to only get better. If you are still struggling to find the correct metadata you can either enter it manually or send our support team an email to walk you through any issues.

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Val Podbelski