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Email Paper Reference

- Add ability to email a reference to yourself or others. 

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This is only moderately useful. Instead, being able to export a pdf from the ReadCubePapers iOS app either to another app or mail would allow for much more flexibility that is needed in a group work environment like a research lab. This is more important when annotation, done on an iPad using Apple Pencil, is required to be shared.

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Not being able to email out of the app is crazy. The user is responsible for the copyright issues - this software is meant to organize *my* collection. How I got access to the .pdf is my business - not my reference organizer’s business. How do I send my annotations to a colleague? This will make me reconsider my plan to use ReadCube versus another vendor versus using Papers3 legacy product.

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This is a MUST HAVE for collaborative work!

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would be really helpful to be able email references in an easy way!

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I would love to have this feature, in particular the ability to email the pdf, on the desktop version. I used it all the time in the old Papers.

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Thanks. What puzzles me is that I can email anyone a pdf the old-fashioned way and accept that the copyright risk is mine. What's not clear is why it should be different if RC Papers creates the email with the pdf attached in one step, vs. requiring multiple steps to find and attach the file.

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The legal argument seems bogus.  If it's that much of an issue, how is it that most of your competitors and your legacy version manage to include this indespensable feature?


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I agree as well, working within an academic setting where everyone has access to the papers however with trainees to quickly share a paper without having to go through the various steps to access a paper is quite valuable.

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One of the features I really miss in version 4 compared to Papers v3 was the ability to send a reference including the pdf. It's a task I did several times a day and it only got more complicated in v4.

Importantly, selecting a number of references and with one click getting fully annotated pdfs and references was one of the best features for me in v3. 

Any chance to get this implemented in v4?!

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Since someone asked for examples of competitors providing this functionality: Endnote (and Bookends) still provide this functionality in their newest versions (see screenshot). Would be really nice to have the same functionality in Papers and to be able to choose whether or not to include annotations (Bookends does that). Not sure why this should be a legal issue since sending the email is still my responsibility, right? 


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Would love this feature. Right now is there a way to quickly share a reference with a team member? Seems like I would have to manually download the pdf then email it. A quick share button should be added!

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It's very frustrating not to be able to email the pdf directly from the desktop app. What took one step in Papers3 now takes multiple steps--locate the pdf in finder, open the file, share within Acrobat (or whatever), send email. Really disappointing loss of functionality compared with legacy version.

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... or simply have an easy way to copy the DOI link to the clipboard. 

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Being able to share the pdf would be great, so I also request this function. In the mean time, could you add the doi link to the exported reference, so one can at least quickly link to the article? Currently only the reference with abstract is included in the email. 

And while we are at it. Can we customise the ability to share via Twitter, FB, LinkID? It is just clutter.

And finally. the Details section of a paper, you show the identifiers. These link to the webpage. Can you implement that one can right click them and copy the link to the clipboard?


We have implemented "Share by Email" on the web. Let us know what you think! We will be adding this in a future update to the IOS and Android apps.

Unfortunately, due to copyright reasons, we are no longer allowed to automatically attach the  PDF to email outside of the app. In the desktop app, you can right click and select "Show in Finder" to make it easier to locate the PDF should you want to manually drag PDF onto the email. 

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