Early indications, including personal communication with ReadCube personnel, are that Magic Citations (now called SmartCite) will no longer integrate with Scrivener. The new Papers app will only work with Microsoft Word. Bibliography formatting is not an issue for me. The biggest loss is the ability to add citations on the fly in Scrivener without interupting my writing flow.

The news of this impending feature loss (along with the announcement of an annual fee) had me scrambling to invesitgate my options for citation managers. During my search, I came across this Wikipedia article, Comparison of Reference Management Software with a great table that collates the majority of software out there.

My needs are the following:

  1. Ability to organize and search through metadata and pdfs
  2. Integrated citation insertion with Scrivener and Ulysses
  3. Ability to insert citations while writing on an iOS device
  4. Ability to annotate PDFs and export each comment individually appended with the article’s metadata
  5. Ability to export metadata (to enable my workflows for sense-making and export of annotations)

I looked at the following:

  • Zotero
  • Bookends
  • Mendeley
  • Endnote
  • Readcube
  • No product currently fills the void left by Papers, although the consensus of users (both those seeking alternatives to Papers and those who are being forced to leave Sente) seems to be to move to Bookends. I tried the demo version of Bookends and was not impressed. I am waiting impatiently for the release of ReadCube Papers. If the majority of features are retained, I will likely bite the bullet and pay the annual fee. I plan to figure out a work-around to add citations to Scrivener / Ulysses.

    I’d be interested in hearing your plans / thoughts on academic citation managers.

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    2 Responses to Mourning the loss of Integration Between Papers and Scrivener

    1. Graham says:

      Same issue. I’ve tried Bookends before and wasn’t happy with it, couldn’t get Endnote to work properly and hated it, tried Mendeley and found it too restrictive in only working with Word. So – Papers.
      I’ve found an Alfred workflow that almost gets there:
      https://github.com/wookayin/alfred-papers3-workflow
      Where it falls short is in needing to hold Option-alt in copying the citekey, it copies to the clipboard only – the citekey then has to be pasted, and it does not add the {} markers. I guess it will keep me going until whatever happens with Readcube/Papers/Scrivener is sorted out. I do not know how to tinker with the code to make it work exactly how I would like.

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