How do I use the Enhanced PDF in ReadCube Desktop?

ReadCube's innovative enhanced PDF feature combines the great reading experience of the PDF with the breadth of HTML full text content. Below are some answers to common questions regarding the enhanced PDF functionality:

How do I know if the article I'm reading can be enhanced?

ReadCube's enhanced PDF functionality supports millions of scholarly articles, from many different article providers. If an article can be enhanced by ReadCube, you'll see a purple Enhance PDF button near the top right corner of the article. Clicking this button opens a menu from which you can enhance your article!

What is required to enhance a PDF?

When you enhance an article in ReadCube, ReadCube loads the HTML full text page for that article in the background, and gathers the references, authors, and any supplemental content (if available), then overlays this information over your PDF. Therefore the requirements to enhance a PDF in ReadCube are as follows:

  • The article must be resolved, so ReadCube knows where to find the article metadata online.
  • The article must have an HTML full-text webpage (in some cases, older articles may not have HTML full-text page available).
  • The article must have a DOI (digital object identifier).
  • You must be able to access the HTML full text for that article. If this article is open access (from either the publisher or PubMed Central), you will have access by default. For subscription content, please ensure that you have access, whether by site-license, personal subscription, or proxy.

What types of supplemental content does ReadCube support with the enhanced PDF?

When available, ReadCube will automatically find and download PDF supplements, as well as download and resolve any news or opinion content tied to that article (i.e. Nature's "News and Views"). If an editor's summary is available, ReadCube will download it in plain text, and present it with the PDF article, accessible by the "Editor's Summary" button. Finally, if non-PDF supplemental information is available, the supplement button will become a drop-down menu, with links to this content on the web. Simply click a link to go get the content!

Is the Enhanced PDF option available for every publication?

As you know, there are a lot of articles and publications out there in the academic world, and making them all available for enhanced PDF functionality is going to take some time.  We are doing our best to make as many articles available for the enhanced PDF as we can, but we haven't gotten everywhere yet.  We are taking feedback from users about which articles we should focus on enhancing first.  Please let us know at if there's a specific publication you want us to focus on next.

What if I try to enhance an article and it fails?

We try our best to present the Enhance PDF button only when an article is able to be enhanced. Sometimes though, ReadCube is unable to enhance an article once this button is clicked. In this situation, please first verify that the above requirements (resolved article, existence of and access rights to the HTML full text) are met.

If the error persists, you can report the problematic article by clicking here, and we'll investigate it and do our best to sort out the issue. We will do our best to include fixes on both our server backend, and in the next ReadCube update based on the articles you send us.  

ReadCube Desktop (Mac/PC)

  1. Can I mark an article as a favorite in ReadCube Desktop?
  2. How do I annotate an article in ReadCube Desktop?
  3. How do I delete articles from my library in ReadCube Desktop?
  4. How do I organize my articles in ReadCube Desktop?
  5. Can ReadCube Desktop automatically organize my articles into lists?
  6. How do I rename or remove a list in ReadCube Desktop?
  7. How do I move Notes/Highlights/Lists from one computer to another without Cloud Sync?
  8. How can I export references from ReadCube?
  9. Can I download PDFs using ReadCube Desktop from journals to which my institution is a subscriber?
  10. ReadCube Desktop Search and Download Tips
  11. How do I use advanced search terms in ReadCube Desktop?
  12. How do I search my library in ReadCube Desktop?
  13. How can I delete articles downloaded via ReadCube Desktop from my computer?
  14. Where does ReadCube Desktop store downloaded article PDFs?
  15. How can I change my article's download provider in ReadCube Desktop?
  16. ReadCube Desktop Article Download Tips
  17. What can I do if ReadCube won't launch / update / install?
  18. How do I use the Enhanced PDF in ReadCube Desktop?
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  20. ReadCube Desktop Release Notes
  21. Manually Adding References/Citations into your ReadCube Library
  22. What are the system requirements for the ReadCube desktop application?
  23. What are Recommendations?
  24. How do I completely remove ReadCube Desktop from my computer?
  25. How can I make ReadCube Desktop's display change to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean?
  26. Where is ReadCube 2.0 installed?
  27. What are connectors?
  28. Why does ReadCube look fuzzy on my high resolution display?
  29. Why do I get a blank/white screen when trying to download a ScienceDirect paper?
  30. Connection error message preventing installation / update / login
  31. Adding Metadata-only References to your Library
  32. Article Mis-labelled as Supplement (or vice versa)
  33. How do I export / back up / transfer my ReadCube library?
  34. How do I submit requested files to Support for troubleshooting?

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