Introduction to the ReadCube Bookmarklet

What is a bookmarklet?

A bookmarklet is a "smart bookmark" that lives in your browser, and performs an action when you click it.

What does the ReadCube bookmarklet do?

When you're browsing the web and you come across an article or abstract, the ReadCube bookmarklet figures out what article you're looking at and adds it to your ReadCube library. If you want the full PDF attached, just click the "Download" button in the desktop app.

How do I set up and use the ReadCube bookmarklet?

First, make sure that you have the latest version of ReadCube. Since ReadCube updates automatically, you can just restart the app to make sure it's fully up to date. Then, grab the bookmarklet from our blog. The bookmarklet should work with any modern browser, like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer, so just drag it to your bookmarks bar and you should be good to go!

When you click the bookmarklet, your browser will ask you to open an external application (specifically ReadCube) to handle the request, just like clicking an iTunes store link on the web. In some cases, though Firefox will not present you with the option to open ReadCube, but rather will ask you which application you'd like to use. If this happens, just browse to ReadCube and select it. Don't forget to "remember" the preference, so you don't have to browse in the future. 

What webpages work with the ReadCube bookmarklet?

The ReadCube bookmarklet is designed to work on article webpages. This can be either the full-text HTML page or the abstract page. Generally, if there's a DOI or a PubMed ID (PMID) somewhere on the page, the ReadCube bookmarklet is able to pull that article into your library, with all metadata identified.

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