ReadCube Papers vs Papers 3

OrganizationReadCube PapersPapers 3
Import references & PDFs
Automatic metadata extraction and article identificationLimited
Duplicate article detection
Bulk Import CSV
Full-text search, including annotations
Advanced search filters
Customizable lists
Smart Collections
Bulk keyword taggingN/A
Labels and article ratings
Watch folders for automatic PDF import
File management

ReadingReadCube PapersPapers 3
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 tools
High resolution figure & video viewerN/A
Text to SpeechN/A

Finding New PapersReadCube PapersPapers 3
Built-in search
1-click PDF downloads
Institutional proxy integration
Extensions supporting 1-click downloads & PDF streaming across the webN/A
Public ListsN/A integrationN/A

Advanced Discovery & MetricsReadCube PapersPapers 3
Personalized paper recommendation engineN/A
+Customizable based on publication time frameN/A
+Constantly-updated stream of recommendationsN/A
Related articlesN/A
Citation count metricsLimited
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 PapersPapers 3
Private Collaboration Groups
Shared taggingN/A
Shared annotationsN/A
Shared Smart ListN/A

CitingReadCube PapersPapers 3
Word-compatible citation tool
Instant bibliography insertion and style formatting
Included citation styles10,000+8000+
Add and create custom styles
Custom CSL StylesN/A
Marking favorite styles
Integrated web search within the pluginN/A
Quickly copy formatted citations
Export to other citation file formats (.bib, .ris)
Access to references in both personal and shared librariesN/A
Endnote Citation ConverterN/A
Integration with Google DocsN/A

Article AcquisitionReadCube PapersPapers 3
Institutional Proxy Support
Direct importing of Open Access Papers (Gold/Green OA)Limited
On-demand purchase PDFs (document delivery)Via Enterprise ModuleN/A
Advanced holdings & subscription integrationVia Enterprise ModuleN/A
Access permissions and secure administrative panelVia Enterprise ModuleN/A

Supported Platform/DevicesReadCube PapersPapers 3
Desktop app (Windows, Mac)
Web Reader with Enhanced PDFsN/A
Web-based library
Compatibility with all modern web browsers
Theme Support (Dark Mode)N/A
Mobile apps (smartphone, tablet)Limited
+iOS (including Apple Pencil support)✓ (iPad Only)

Cloud Storage + SyncReadCube PapersPapers 3
Sync library across platforms and devicesVia Dropbox
Cloud Storage space for Library Metadata & PDFsUnlimitedN/A (Third Party only)