Paperpile : no-fuss reference management for the web.

Guest post from Liaison Librarian, Graham Dawson

Paperpile is a modern, full-featured, intuitive, easy to use, cloud-hosted personal bibliographic reference management system. Born in the Google ecosystem, Paperpile seamlessly syncs with Google Drive and integrates with Google Docs. You need a Google account to use Paperpile. Sign up for Paperpile with your Google account. Add your email to your Paperpile settings to activate QUT’s site licence.

There is no free user plan.

Input – Add Papers

Add papers to your library by a range of means. Import BibTeX, RIS, EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero files to quickly build your library of references. Upload a PDF to automatically create its citation record.
Install the Chrome browser extension. Simply click the + Paperpile button to add individual references when searching bibliographic databases like, Google Scholar, ArXiv, PubMed, etc. Otherwise key a reference in. Choose Add Manually.

PDF handling

Under Settings / Add Proxy Connection, choose Queensland University of Technology institutional proxy connection, to enable automated retrieval of QUT subscribed PDFs (whilst working off-campus).

Database management

Label your citations to place them in categories. Group citations in topic folders of your choosing. Filter views of your paper citations by multiple criteria. Paperpile features highly configurable record sorting and duplicate detection. Auto update enriches citation records so optimal citation output quality is easily achieved.


Access your library of references from any mobile device using an Android or iOS app.


Your Paperpile data is automatically replicated across multiple datacentres and backed up.

Collaborative authorship – a real strength of Paperpile

Being a cloud-based application, Paperpile’s folder sharing capabilities make it an ideal choice for collaborative authorship.

Writing and citing with Paperpile

Whilst automatically configured into Google Docs, Paperpile also offers a MS-Word plug-in (which you install).

Overleaf and Paperpile

Export a .bib file from your Paperpile library to write in the Overleaf LaTeX authoring tool. Save this exported .bib file to Google Drive so it can sync with Overleaf when you add new references.

Employing open source Citation Style Language all commonly used author (year) (e.g. APA, Chicago, MLA) and numbered (e.g. IEEE, ACM, Nature, Vancouver) output styles are supported.

Read more on the HiQ website.

If you need help with citing and referencing, check Cite|Write or use the Library Chat to ask a question.