How do I import from another reference manager [EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, Refworks, Reference Manager]

You can import existing libraries from other reference managers with a few simple steps. 

TIP: For the most seamless library transfer, please be on the same computer as your have your other reference manager. Before transfer, ensure you have all of your papers downloaded locally to ensure they are visible for ReadCube Papers to transfer to your new library.

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Check our library transfer guide here.


Use our Endnote Importer for the ReadCube Papers Desktop app.

If you are unable to download the desktop and would like to import via the web app, open EndNote and in the top menu select "File" and then "Export". Leave "Save file type" as Text Only. Change "Output style" to BibTex (.bib) export. Take the .bib export file and drag into ReadCube Papers app.

To export an entire library, right-click on it in the Zotero right pane and choose “Export Library…” (you can also find “Export Library…” in the “File” menu). To export an individual collection, right-click on it and choose “Export Collection…”. To export specific items, select the ones you'd like, right-click, and choose “Export Items…”. Select BibTeX as export option and drag .bib into the ReadCube Papers library.

First select the reference(s) that you want to export. Go to the file menu - Export. Select .BIB as the file type. If you have PDFs stored in the Mendeley cloud, you'll need to install the Mendeley desktop so you can easily access your PDF files locally. Select all of your PDFs from your Mendeley library folder on your desktop and drag it into ReadCube Papers app.

Select the references you would like to export. Select "Export" from the "References" menu. Select BiBTex as Export Format, click" Export References". Take the .bib export file and drag it into ReadCube Papers app.


First, go to "Attachments" in the left menu of Bookends. Select any attachment in the list and right-click and select "Show attachment in FInder". This will open the folder where all of your PDFs are stored. Select all of the physical PDFs from that folder and drag those into the ReadCube Papers app.  Next, go to "HIts" in the left menu and select the references.  Go to File > Export References (Hits) in the top menu bar and select export type as XML. In ReadCube Papers desktop, click on Add+ in top bar of library window and browse to select XML file.

Please note

  • Your folder structure from your old reference manager will not carry over. That data is not included in export files. To keep your library structure, create a new list in ReadCube Papers using the + icon in the lower left part of the screen and export contents of specific folders from your original reference manager using the steps above.

Remember, if you have any issues please feel free to contact us at ReadCube Papers Support!

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