Monthly Archives: February 2015

References and paper are in a boat…

I’m on my way to publish my first paper as first author (woohoo!!!!) and obviously I wrestled with my references… But I think I didn’t make it too bad.


Because I developed a small trick to go faster in sorting my references and I think that’s worth sharing it with you.

So first you need to download ©ReadCube here: . ReadCube is a free software that make your researcher life much easier: you import a PDF article in ReadCube and it recognises (most of the time) what paper it is and creates the reference to go with it! If the recognition doesn’t work directly you can help ReadCube to find what you’re talking about. So that’s really cool because you don’t have to type (or copy-paste) everything in your reference software.

In addition, the guys of ReadCube are the one doing the Enhanced Paper viewer in more and more journals (Nature, JGR, etc.)… You know that thing that make the list of the reference on the side and you can click directly on one reference to go to the page of the article!

If you are like me self-funded, you will stop here and choose to use the SmartCite system include in ReadCube to do your citation when you are writing. If you have some money, I will recommend you to go for the pro version that include syncing, watching folders where your PDF are stored, etc. That’s great, I tested the trial version!

I can already hear some of you saying: “We already have a reference software!”. No worries: you import your PDF in Readcube and then export the reference to ©Endnote or your other software and there magic: the reference is created with all the good fields and the attached file! Ok, sometimes, you have to do an update on the reference because ReadCube forgets the authors (I contacted them, they’re trying to fix the bug).

One last thing: it works even if you have 600 PDF file to import… it just takes a certain time depending your computer.

So to summarise:

  1. Download ReadCube
  2. Install and configure it (there is connector to your university library, I’m sure)
  3. Open your PDF folder
  4. Ctrl+A to select all
  5. Drag and drop in ReadCube
  6. Let it work
  7. Select all the reference you want to export to Endnote
  8. Right-click and “Export to Endnote”
  9. Select all the imported reference in Endnote
  10. Right-click and “Update References” and enjoy!

I have no stock-option in ReadCube, I just find that software really great because reference finding is really a software job 😀

References and paper are in a boat… So now, guess who jump out of the boat…