Handling academic articles through Papers

To handle academic articles through Papers you may want to arrange the following settings for your Papers library:

When establishing these setting for the first time make sure to follow the following steps:
1) Open the Library Tab in Papers preferences and note the current location of your library.
2) Quit Papers
3) Move the “Papers” directory from the previous location to Documents/Filed Documents
4) Open Papers. It will tell you that it cannot find the library. Point to the right location of its library (Documents/Filed Documents/Papers).
5) Open Preferences in Papers and make sure that the right settings are set as in the figure above.

This means that all files imported into Papers will end up properly named and located in this directory. Files can be imported into Papers directly from any PDF, from a Website or through the special automated workflow which is run by Hazel. Here is this workflow


Note that the workflow runs on the Downloads folder. Thus when you are saving files from the Web, Mail Attachments or any other files given to you all you have to do is to save them in the Downloads folder and rename them so that the name has “@p” at the end. You do not need to worry about the name itself – Papers will automatically rename the files as soon as it matches it with the right bibliographic information.

About Aleh Cherp

Aleh Cherp is a professor at Central European University and Lund University. He researchers energy and environment and coordinates MESPOM, a Masters course operated by six Universities.
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3 Responses to Handling academic articles through Papers

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  2. Nice tip. I tried to do this via automator with a folder action. However, for some reason it did not always worked the way I expected. Sometimes it did launch papers and others it did not. Working it out with Hazel seems like an elegant–however a bit expensive–solution. If papers is open already does it still import your pdf without problems?


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