What is the ReadCube Web Reader (ePDF)?

The ReadCube Web Reader is designed to provide an accessible, simple, and enhanced viewing experience for your academic content directly from your Web Browser. Below is the default view that is initially presented – loading time is minimal, and the first page of the article is displayed. At first glance, the embedded PDF looks very similar to a PDF viewed in the browser.

The below guide has been designed to walk new and veteran ReadCube users through the various features available when viewing content in the Web Reader. All ReadCube Web Reader features have an existing support article that go into more detail on how to use them properly. 


Badge Features

The side panel can be opened by clicking on any of the icons in the vertical menu bar on the left side. The article view is automatically adjusted to fit the side panel when opened and includes the following features:


1.) Share a link to this article. Learn more here.

2.) View your notes. Learn more here.

3.) Figure viewer - view all figures in article. Learn more here.

4.) To go article main page/abstract

5.) View Altmetric data of article

6.) Export citation of article

7.) View related articles


In-article Features

These features relate to functionality available within the body of an article.


1.) Author Names.

2.) Inline References. Learn more here.

3.) Annotations & Highlighting. Learn more here.

Top Panel Features

The following features relate to the 6 buttons available at the top of the screen.


1.) View article within your ReadCube Library  (not shown when user is viewing article through their ReadCube library)

2.) Download the PDF to your computer

3.) Add article to your ReadCube library (not shown when user is viewing article through their ReadCube library)

4.) View article supplements

5.) View cited references

6.) View other articles who have cited that article.


Frequently Asked Questions

The below are common questions sent to [email protected] regarding Web Reader features. Answers can be found in other Knowledge Base Articles


1.) What publishers use the ReadCube Web Reader?

2.) Do I need a ReadCube subscription to add articles to my library? 

3.) How can I get to my purchases from the ReadCube Web Reader?

4.) What browser versions support the ReadCube Web Reader?

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