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ReadCube Papers vs Zotero

OrganizationReadCube PapersZotero
Import references & PDF
Automatic metadata extraction and article identificationLimited
Duplicate article detectionLimited
Full-text search, including annotations
Advanced search filters
Customizable lists
Smart listsN/A
Bulk keyword tagging
Labels and article ratingsN/A
File management

ReadingReadCube PapersZotero
Clickable enhancements for PDFsN/A
+Inline referencesN/A
+Full reference listN/A
+Linked author namesN/A
+Automatic attachment of supplemental informationN/A
Full screen PDF viewer
Article outlineN/A
PDF annotation, highlighting tools & drawing toolsLimited
High resolution figure & video viewerN/A
Text to speechN/A

Finding New PapersReadCube PapersZotero
Built-in search
1-click PDF downloadsLimited
Institutional proxy integration
Extensions supporting 1-click downloads & PDF streaming across the webLimited
Dimensions.ai integrationN/A

Advanced Discovery & MetricsReadCube PapersZotero
Personalized paper recommendation engineN/A
+Customizable based on publication time frameN/A
+Constantly-updated stream of recommendationsN/A
Related articlesLimited
Citation count metricsN/A
Relative citation ratio (article level-impact)N/A
Field citation ratioN/A
Visualizations and clickable lists of citing articlesN/A
Contextual citationsN/A
Altmetric integrationN/A

SharingReadCube PapersZotero
Private collaboration groups
+Metadata
+PDFs
Shared taggingLimited
Shared annotationsLimited
Shared smart listsN/A

CitingReadCube PapersZotero
Word-compatible citation tool
Instant bibliography insertion and style formatting
Included citation styles9000+8000+
Add and create custom styles
Marking favorite stylesN/A
Integrated web search within the pluginN/A
Quickly copy formatted citationsN/A
Export to other citation file formats (.bib, .ris, .xml)
Access to references in both personal and shared libraries
Integration with OverleafN/A
Integration with Google DocsN/A

Article AcquisitionReadCube PapersZotero
Purchase PDFs within ReadCube Papers appsVia Access ModuleN/A
Holdings & subscription integrationVia Access ModuleN/A
Access permissions and secure administrative panelVia Access ModuleN/A

Supported Platform/DevicesReadCube PapersZotero
Desktop app (Windows, Mac)Limited
Web reader with enhanced PDFsN/A
Web-based library
Compatibility with all modern web browsers
Mobile apps (smartphone, tablet)
+iOS (including Apple Pencil support)Limited
+AndroidN/A

Cloud Storage + SyncReadCube PapersZotero
Sync library across platforms and devicesLimited
Storage space for PDFsUnlimitedLimited