Collections - Smart Collections

How to create smart collections in Papers2

Papers2 makes it easy for you to create smart collections of your documents. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a smart collection by creating one based on some of the different parameters you can use. In this example we will create a smart collection for papers published by Nature, only containing these keywords: "behavior" and "neuroscience".

Let's get started:

  • At the bottom left corner of the Papers2 screen, you will see a "+" icon, click on it.

  • A window pops up showing "Smart Collection" in the list:


  • Select "Smart Collection" by clicking on it.

  • A new window pops up with "New collection" in the editing collection name field.


  • Change the name of your collection.

  • First I will change my smart collection's name to "Nature - Behavior Neuroscience"

  • Then I use a parameter that selects only papers published in a Nature journal. For this, I selected paper + publisher + contains "Nature":


  • By clicking on the "+" next to my parameter, I can add another field. Doing this twice, I can satisfy my two keyword parameters:


  • Note that you need to indicate whether you want your papers to satisfy all or any of the parameters you listed to be included in the collection.

  • Now, you can decide if you want your collection to be restricted to a fixed number of papers. For example, you can limit your collection to the most/least recently published, most/least recently imported, most/least recently read or by the rating of your papers.


  • Click OK and you've set up your smart collection in papers2! You will see your smart collection in the bottom left window in papers2.


NB: Note how a manual collection has a different file icon. You can easily recognize which collections are smart collections and which are manual by the file icon.

Creating a collection within another collection

If you would like to create collections within collections, the process is the same:
* Start by selecting your parent collection, and click on the "+" icon.


  • Select the type of collection you would like to create and name your collection.


  • You have now created a collection nested in another collection.

  • You can also drag your nested collection into your main collections folder:


Now your it is an independent collection and no longer nested under the parent collection you previously selected:


Similarly, you can drag any collection into another collections folder:



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