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Copy/Paste citation text

I am a long time Papers 3 user for Mac OS.  I made use of the feature where you could copy the citation as text to the system clipboard.  I think you could set a preference for the format of the citation.  It would be helpful if I could do this in the new web App.

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I also want ReadCube Papers to copy the citation (Author's name, Title, Journal, years, etc.) as favorite journal format as you want to use, like Papers 3.

It is very useful to make presentation slides and put a reference on the slide.

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Yes, absolutely, this is a must!

Former user of Papers3 who stumbled upon this huge limit this morning while preparing slides for a conference: here I am. Copy citation to the clipboard is a must-have

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I agree. Current version (4.0.27) will copy metadata but this  lacks volume and page number which is useful when putting in citations to lecture slides and presentations where I don't need the entire abstract. 

Need for this function

yes, this feature is a must and one of the weakness of using Readcube papers online versus the mac or windows apps. I used it extensively on Mac.

This feature could not come fast enough.

This is now partially implemented on the web: Copy -> Reference. We are working on expanding this feature to allow you to pick your style.

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Thank you, Jacob and ReadCube support team. We are really looking forward to being added these features, selecting journal format and coping/pasting the reference.

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Thanks, good for a start but style pre-selection (or drop-down of 3-4 chosen favorites) would be great!

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To be able to copy and paste a reference in a given journal format is one of the most handy functions of Papers3 . I run Journal Club for my department and this feature is indispensable when sending out citations. 

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Please at least make the output font consistent.  This is what my output looks like:

Desmarais, K.
 (1997). Keeping Daphnia out of the surface film with cetyl alcohol Journal of Plankton Research 19(1), 149 - 154. 

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It looks like the current version supports this, but I can't believe that it still doesn't support key commands!

CMD-SHIFT-C made it so easy to copy a properly formatted reference and paste it anywhere, especially social media with a direct link to the paper on the web. How are key commands still not available??


Hi there,

We've also added the ability to copy to clipboard from the Export tab in the right-hand panel. 

You can set your default style in the desktop app by heading to Papers > Papers Settings > General > Default Citation Style