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Autogenerate BibTeX citekey

The old Papers3 app used to auto-generate citekeys for use with BibTeX. Unfortunately this feature seems to have been removed from the ReadCube Papers app. While one can manually specify the citation keys, it would be great if this was automatically handled.


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I second this. I consider citekey generation (in open formats, Bibtex) a must-have feature. The Smartcite add-on is fine for people who want to use Word, but if you want to use anything else, you're stuck. Moreover, the citekey allows one to manage the citations in a paper even without Readcube, which is good for futureproofing things. Please enable citekeys and automatic generation of citekeys. 


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I also support this feature. It was essential in Papers3 and should be included in ReadCube as well.


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This is a key feature. Please add this to readcube


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This is an essential feature!


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I'd like this feature as well

Please prioritize this feature. It is really essential and at the moment the main reason I'm sticking with Papers3.


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Please add this ASAP and also a way to autogenerate cite keys for my current library (i.e., so I don't have to manually go through and delete the current cite key so it generates a new one). This and general bib desk support was one of the biggest draws of papers3

yes this was a crucial feature in papers. In the latest update it seems like the a citation key is generated but with the DOI.

A more useful format would be  FirstAuthor:Year. It allows to order chronologically citations when citing multiple papers with \cite{paper1,paper2}.



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