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  1. Provide a way to update the paper with new pdf and final volume and page numbers

    If a paper is added as it is published online ahead of print publication, then often the final manuscript or the uncorrected proof is included as the pdf file. It would be useful if there is a way to automatically update the paper with the final published pdf and volume/page numbers when this information become available.

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  2. enable author lists, so we can favorite authors and be notified when new articles by those authors are published

    Just like google scholar does author alerts and citation alerts, such a feature would be great in readcube if I could favorite some authors and then whenever they are cited, or they publish some new work, readcube would send me an alert or give me an option to automatically add it to a particular list.

    111 votes
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  3. Enable text-to-speech functionality

    Have a text to speech option available. As a dyslexic, i find this incredibly useful.

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  4. allow articles to be sorted by number of citations

    It is helpful when doing a literature review on a topic to be able to see publication date and number of times articles have been cited in a single glance. I need to know what papers are most important in a certain area, so I would like to be able to sort articles in a list in my library by number of times each paper has been cited.

    51 votes
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  5. do backward and forward citation maps of articles in your library

    The ability to use the enhanced pdfs within your library to generate backward and forward citation map of that article in order to aid literature reviews

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  6. be portable

    i.e. be able to run from a microSD card or from a USB flash drive, without requiring installation on a local machine. Not all researchers can lug around a laptop, but almost everyone carries a phone.

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  7. 32 votes
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  8. Let me view a PDF without adding it to the library

    I often want to read the PDF of a paper before deciding whether or not to download it. I would love an option to view (ie. cache) the PDF without downloading it. Then if I decide I want to keep it, I can click a button to add it to my library.

    115 votes
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  9. allow copy and paste with correct formatting

    I currently use Readcube and one thing that has been a small frustration is that I like to make notes separately (in google docs) but when I copy and paste information the formatting is off. Specifically, there are too many spaces between words so I have to manually delete them. Also, symbols, subscripts, superscripts don't paste correctly either. Not a huge deal but I noticed I don't have this problem in Mendeley and it just makes it less annoying.

    78 votes
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  10. Insert small arrow that links to a comment, to make notes to specific parts of a figure

    Sometimes (quite often) I need to make notes to a specific part of a figure, e.g. to compare two bars of the dataset, to clarify something.

    If you could insert a small arrow, or figure of some sort, that is linked to your comment, it would be very helpful. Ideally, both small arrows and longer 'connecting' arrows/lines, since I also often draw lines between (or brackets around) the parts of a figure I am comparing in the note, as shown in attachment.

    Thanks,
    W

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  11. export comments in .doc

    enable the export of the comments in word. For example if you review an article and annotate the text then it would be nice to merge directly all the comments into .doc file to upload for the editor and authors.

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  12. Rename the articles in a predefined form which is decided by user

    While downloading give an option to rename the file. Many literature database offer this feature. There are some standard formats: Different combinations of <Title><Journal><Author><Year><issue> etc. can be used to rename an article.

    87 votes
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  13. Support Patent Search

    via Google Scholar, including patent citation data

    72 votes
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  14. directly open an article instead of performing a search when clicking a reference if the target article is already in your library

    Readcube always performs a search for an article when you click on a reference on the list on the right of the window. This search is also performed even if the article is already in your personal library and stored on your computer. You notice that when you try to download the article because readcube shows you an "view article" button rather than a download button.
    However it would be much smother if you could directly access the desired article just by clicking the reference link without performing the search first if the article is already in your library.

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  15. show your own manuscripts in Readcube

    If you are working on a manuscript with colleagues or on your own (and all add their citations/references with Readcube), wouldn't it be great if you can read that manuscript in Readcube with all the advantages attached (easily checking references etc)?

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  16. NOT clip abstracts that are too long

    Abstracts that are too long are not shown in full, but are clipped ("..."). This is annoying, because often useful information is lost. And I don't see why it should be necessary to shorten the abstracts.
    I would appreciate if for every paper, the entire abstract was visible on the right side.

    81 votes
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  17. integrate the MeSH function from NCBI in PubMed searches ("Restrict to MeSH Major Topic")

    I use this to start ALL of my lit. reviews and can't do it in ReadCube but would love to.

    The NCBI MeSH function integrates into PubMed searches but allows you to focus your search. Very powerful tool for a lit. review.
    Example, when you search "E. coli" in PubMed, you get 322,270 results that aren't focused on E. coli. When you "restrict to MeSH major topic" for an "E. coli" search in PubMed, you get 117,104 papers where the focus of the paper is actually E. coli, not just involves E. coli.

    18 votes
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  18. Detect and suggest pdf updates when available

    Two situations where this feature would be useful:

    1. Some publishers (Science mag, BMC) allow early online access to publications and provide a draft pdf version of the paper which lacks the regular format of the journal. Once the whole publication process has been completed, a new pdf is available with an improved and much more readable layout.

    2. Editors may receive corrections of the original paper later after publication. This would appear online as an Erratum/Corrigendum, but it is often integrated into the pdf version.

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  19. support 360link endpoints instead of just SFX

    Could readcube support 360link as well as SFX?

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  20. 16 votes
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