ReadCube

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ReadCube
Developer(s)Labtiva
Stable release0.96.8013 / 05-2014
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS, iOS
Available inEnglish, additional language packs available
Typereference management software
LicenseProprietary
WebsiteReadcube
 
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ReadCube
Developer(s)Labtiva
Stable release0.96.8013 / 05-2014
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS, iOS
Available inEnglish, additional language packs available
Typereference management software
LicenseProprietary
WebsiteReadcube

ReadCube is a free desktop and browser-based program for managing, annotating, and accessing academic research articles. Initially launched for 3 years in an open beta, it provides access to research materials through partnerships with several publishing companies including the Nature Publishing Group, Frontiers and John Wiley & Sons.[1] Articles are available for digital download and rental for 48 hours.[2]

ReadCube also allows users to enhance eligible PDF files with both the browser-based and desktop application. Once enhanced, articles have interactive citations, integrated authorial information, and access to stored supplements.[3] Additionally, users can highlight sections of documents and write notes saved within the client.[4]

History[edit]

ReadCube was created by Labtiva, a Boston-based company. A desktop client was publicly launched in October 2011 with investment from Digital Science,[5] a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Shortly after, ReadCube Web Reader was integrated with nature.com in November 2011.[6] A pilot program for ReadCube Access was launched at the University of Utah in September 2012, followed by a public release on Nature Publishing Group journals in November 2012. Also in November 2012, version 2.0 of the Web Reader launched with a number of significant changes.[7] In February 2013, ReadCube launched across over 117 journals published by Wiley.[8]

In April 2014, Labtiva released ReadCube Pro and with it a new UI with several new features. Some of these features, including SmartCite - ReadCube's new citation and bibliography formatting tool, the inclusion of multiple highlighting colors, and several view options come for free with the new update. A few, including a cloud sync function which allows .PDF files to be synced across desktop machines or to the ReadCube iPad app, a metrics pane that shows where an article is being spoken about online, and a "Watched Folders" feature that automatically imports and indexes PDFs come only with ReadCube Pro. ReadCube Pro is currently priced at 5$ a month or 45$ a year.[9]

Features[edit]

ReadCube Desktop, running on Adobe Air, available for Windows and Mac OS.

ReadCube Web Reader, available on nature.com for articles published by Nature Publishing Group, Frontiers and John Wiley & Sons.

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