Applications Supported by Citations on MacOSX

Manuscripts app is the perfect partner to Papers' Citations. You can insert references using Citations then format them using Manuscripts. If you're used to how Magic Citations works with Word, Manuscripts behaves a little bit differently; you just insert a bibliography and it will keep itself up to date without any especial formatting commands.

You can insert a bibliography in your document with the following steps:

  • First choose the insertion location for the bibliography by placing the text.
  • Click Insert > Bibliography from the main menu in Manuscripts.
  • Manuscripts will automatically keep your bibliography up to date with the citations you add, edit or remove.

To choose the citation style, follow the steps here:

Other supported applications

* Styled formatting. These applications can be used to insert citations and format the manuscript, to produce a styled output, which is the maximum level of support:

  • Microsoft Word 2004, 2008, 2011, 2016 also supports in-place reversible formatting

  • Pages 2008 and 2009 (Citations doesn't currently work with Pages 5.)

  • TextEdit RTF and RTFD documents; no support for small caps

    Known limitations:

    • no support for insertion of citations in tables or other elements outside of the main text (limited support for inline tables in MS Word)
    • Unfortunately Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 is not currently supported by Papers. We are looking into supporting the new office update but we can't make any promises at this point yet. Thank you for your patience.
  • Plain-text formatting. These applications can be used to insert citations and format the manuscript, like the previous group of applications, but the output will only be plain text, without proper rendering of bold, italics, small caps, or paragraph formatting:

    • TextEdit – txt documents
    • Byword
    • iA Writer 1
    • TextMate
    • TexShop
    • TextWrangler
    • BBEdit
    • WriteRoom
    • SubEthaEdit
    • CotEditor
  • Insertion of citekey. These applications can be used to insert citations, but cannot be used to format the manuscript. The inserted citations will include the plain-text citekey, in the format defined in the Manuscripts preferences in Papers. The default format is the 'Papers Magic Citation', typically output as '{Smith:1991tu}'. This can be useful is the manuscript is later exported to a document that can be formatted in one of the supported application above. For instance, in Scrivener, the inserted citekeys will later be part of a "compiled" RTF document, that can then be formatted in TextEdit. Other citekey formats include BibTeX, MMD, Pandoc and ConTeXt. Typically, these will be used if the final formatting is not done in Papers, but in another application like BibTeX.

    • Scrivener
    • Smultron
    • Fraise
    • Kod
    • Sublime Text
    • Chocolat
    • Lyx
    • TexMaker
    • Latexian
    • Texpad
    • Terminal
    • MacVim
    • Aquamacs
    • Emacs
    • OmniOutliner
    • DEVONthink
  • Insertion of formatted references. These applications can be used to insert formatted references directly at the current insertion point. A formatted reference is simply the output that would appear already formatted in the bibliography of a manuscript. The format used for the output is based on the style set in the Citations preferences in Papers. When the checkbox 'Allow Citekey' is checked in the preferences, Magic Citations will also offer the option to 'Insert Citekey', which provides the same functionality as the 'Insert Citation' action in the applications listed above. For the applications listed here, however, it typically does not make sense to just insert a citkey. The option should be used only if you know what you are doing, and know that the citekey will eventually be used in a final document that can be formatted by Papers (or another application like BibTeX).

    • Mellel
    • Bean
    • OpenOffice Aqua
    • LibreOffice
    • NeoOffice
    • AbiWord
    • Nisus Writer
    • Pagehand
    • Ulysses
    • QI
    • InDesign
    • Evernote
    • Eclipse
    • MarsEdit
    • TaskPaper
    • Mori
    • Together
    • Mathematica
    • Mindjet MindManager
    • Circus Pony NoteBook
    • Stickies
    • Mail
    • OmniGraffle
    • Numbers
    • Keynote
    • Powerpoint
    • Safari
    • Firefox
    • Camino
    • Opera
    • Chrome
    • OmniWeb
  • Special Applications.

    • Papers2.

      If Papers2 is the front application, the default action offered by Magic Citations will be to open the selected publication in a new tab in Papers2. This is also an action available for all other applications, but normally not the default.

    • Finder.

      If Finder is the front application, the default action offered by Magic Citations will be to show the PDF for the selected publication in the Finder.

  • Unsupported Applications. When Magic Citations does not know what the front application is, you are still given the option to 'Copy Formatted Reference to Clipboard'. If you think the application could be supported, start a new discussion on Papers help center and explain how and why you would use Magic Citations with this application. In most cases, adding the very basic level of support is straightforward (insertion of formatted references), so there is a good chance we will add it.

    As a user, you can also send feedback to the developers of your favorite text editor or application that you'd want to see integrated with Papers. Typically, basic Applescript support for document-based application is a very good start. Tell the developers of the other app as well! If you are the developer of a document-based application, you can easily add Applescript basic support to allow Papers to interact with your app via Magic Citations. Get in touch, we'll send you more details and some simple steps you can take for Applescript support.