Adding additional citation styles on Papers 3 for Windows

The styles in Papers come directly from the official CSL repository. The CSL Library currently has over 7000 styles, and there are still a number of journals not represented. However, Papers regularly updates when new styles are added or amended in the repository. All the styles available with Papers are listed in the style browser that you can access as follows:

  • Go into the Papers Settings > Citations
  • Click on the Style Manager tab
  • This will open the Style Browser

Adding existing styles from the CSL repository

  • The style repository on github has a wide selection of additional styles which are Citation Style Language (CSL) files. You can learn more about CSL files on the website.

  • Search for the style which you would like to add. It may be easier to find your style by pressing 'ctrl' + 'F' to search rather than scrolling through this long list. Note that some styles are named by their abbreviated version rather than their full name. Once you've found your style, save the CSL file to your hard drive. Keep in mind we take no responsibility for the accuracy of the styles from this site so it is always good to double-check this once your manuscript is formatted. However, the vast majority of these styles should be accurate.

Here is how to add the selected style to your library:

  • Make sure the style has the extension '.csl'.

  • Drag and drop the file into the Papers library list view.

  • You can see the style and the preview of the style by going to Settings > Citations and opening the Style Manager tab. The easiest way to locate the style is by searching for it in the Style Manager.

  • Note that once a file has been added, you cannot drag it again as Papers will not erase a file already part of your library. You can however update the file directly where it is stored, in your local library. Here is how to find the CSL file.

  • By default, your local library is stored in C:\Users[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Mekentosj\Papers3. The easiest way to navigate there is by copy and pasting the following to the File Explorer: %appdata%\Mekentosj

  • Navigate to Papers3 > Local > Styles > Additional

  • Search or browse the list of CSL styles until you find the added style.

How to format a manuscript with the custom citations style

Go to Settings > Citations.

  • Select Style Manager and search for the custom style that you dragged to Papers.

  • Once you have found the style, check the box next to the style.

  • Go to the Style Selector.

  • You can see the default favorite citation styles, as well as any style that you have selected in the Style Manager.

  • Click on the check box next to the custom citation style.

  • When you use Citations and format a manuscript, Citations will now format your manuscript with the selected custom style.

If you would like to create a complete CSL style yourself, see our our knowledge base article How to create your own CSL citations style.