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.


What sites does the Bookmarklet work on?

The ReadCube bookmarklet is designed to work on many sites, including (but not limited to):

  • ACM Portal
  • ACS
  • AIP Scitation
  • APS
  • APA PsycNet
  • BioMed Central
  • BioOne
  • CiteULike
  • Google Scholar
  • IEEE Xplore
  • Informaworld
  • IngentaConnect
  • Institute of Physics
  • Lancet Journals
  • NASA ADS
  • nature.com
  • OpticsInfoBase
  • PLoS
  • PNAS
  • PubMed
  • Science
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scirus
  • Spires
  • SSRN
  • SpringerLink
  • Wiley Online Library

Please note: The ReadCube bookmarklet does not work on search result lists. Instead, please click on an individual search result, then click the bookmarklet. Additionally, the bookmarklet does not work on actual PDFs, but rather article webpages only. PDFs can be downloaded and attached after importing into the desktop app.


Bookmarklet and Firefox

If you would like to use the ReadCube Bookmarklet with Firefox, please be aware of the following:

When you use the bookmarklet in Firefox for the first time, you may be presented with a message saying “This link needs to be opened with an application.” You will be prompted to choose an application to open the link.

When shown this prompt, simply choose ReadCube to open the link (in your applications on Mac, or in Program Files on Windows). If there is checkbox to remember this choice, check it.

Then, the ReadCube Bookmarklet should work seamlessly from now on!


Bookmarklet isn't working!

The bookmarklet is a bit of an experimental project, so do let us know if you run into any issues. If you think the bookmarklet isn't working - please try the following:

  • Check that you are on an article webpage - the bookmarklet will not work on search result lists or PDFs viewed in-browser.
  • Look at your library and sort by "recently added" and confirm that it wasn't already imported. There is a chance an antivirus or pop-up blocker setting has stopped the notification from appearing. 
  • Try installing it on another browser. That can help the support team in troubleshooting.
  • Go to ReadCube.com and check that you are logged in (your name should appear in top right corner of page.)

 If it's still not working - drop us a note, at support@readcube.com!