Smart Lists are a great way to organize your library. Think of them as folders that have jobs. You tell them to organize things in a certain way, and every time you add something to your library, the smart list will look to see if that item meets the rule you set for the collection and if so, bring it in automatically. 

Your Smart List query can be anything you can search for in your library and be as complex as you need to narrow down results. See some popular examples below. To add these to your library, simply click on the one you would like to add to your personal library. 

Recently Added (Last 7 days) 

Recently Added (Last 14 days)

Recently Added (Last 30 days) 

All Annotated


Unread within papers added in last 7 days

Unread within papers added in last 14 days

Unread within papers added in last 30 days

References with PDF

References missing PDF


Recently Read (Last 7 Days)

Recently Read (Last 14 Days)

Recently Read (Last 30 Days)

To create a more custom Smart List, take a look at some of the examples below and copy/paste to use them as a template or forge your own path by adding a query into the search bar. Once the results look right-click the arrow at the right-hand part of the search bar.

Screenshot showing where to Save Search for Smart Lists in ReadCube Papers

You can then give a name to your Smart List to help you find it easily.

Screenshot showing how to name a new Smart List

Click Create, and your Smart List shows up next to all of your other lists.
To Edit a Smart List you need to click on the gear next to your Smart List and click edit where you can change your query or name.

Screenshot showing how to edit or rename a Smart List in ReadCube Papers

Here are some examples:

Find papers with author "Byrappa" and text search for shark and in the year 2007 in the journal Nature.

author:Byrappa AND Shark AND year:2007 AND journal: Nature

Find papers in the journal Nature or Science.

journal:Nature OR journal:Science

Find text about genes in the abstract and papers without notes.

abstract:genes AND NOT(_exists_:note)

Find tags with different words. Remember that multi-word keywords need "".

tag:Elephant OR tag:Shark OR tag:"Elephant Shark"

Find articles that aren't in the Journal PLoS One have a title containing in the word CRISPR and papers with a tag of CRISPR Research.

NOT(journal:"PLoS One") AND title:CRISPR AND tag:"CRISPR Research"

Find any papers from the year 2015 - 2019.

year:[2015 TO 2019]

Find any papers with the author of Stark in the year 2015 or 2016. Using the parenthesis makes sure the year query doesn't affect your author search.

author:Stark (year:2015 OR Year:2016)

Find your read and purchased content.

unread:false AND purchased:true

Search a note or a highlight, strikethrough, or underlined piece of text

note:Shark OR highlighted_text:Shark

Find a highly rated paper that has been read more than 10 times. This query works best in a shared library

times_opened:[10 TO *] AND rating:[4 TO 5]

Find all unrated articles that have you have read.

NOT(_exists_:rating) AND unread:true

"My Papers" (you'll want to use all the name variations that your papers may be under"

author:’Aled Edwards’ OR author: AM Edwards’

These are just examples. Check out all the search fields you can leverage in our advanced search overview. 

If you need help building your query or about Smart Lists go ahead and email ReadCube Papers Support!

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