Papers 2.1: New Developments in Magic Manuscripts

Magic Manuscripts is a revolutionary new way to cite articles using Papers. As we continue to develop new features and add to existing features, we added more functionality to Magic Manuscripts in Papers2.1.

Adding citations to your manuscripts has never been this flexible. Here is an overview of the main differences in how you can edit your citations:

  • Modify citekeys: You can add text before or after your cite keys. For example, that turns this cite key {Reips:2011jz} into {According to Reips:2011jz}. When you format your manuscript, Papers will turn this citation into (According to Reips & Garaizar, 2011), although final formatting depends on the citation style you chose.

    • Similarly, you can add page numbers to your cite key. E.g. {Smith:2011bl} becomes {Smith:2011bl p. 221}.
    • Author suppression is now possible. Add a * before the author's name in the cite key to suppress the name, or a * after the year to suppress the year. For example if you would like to add a citation like "...as shown by Smith (1997)", you can do so by adding a * prior to the name in the cite key "...as shown by Smith {*Smith:1997ww}".
    • Year suppression: If you would like to create a citation like "...as shown in 1997 (Smith)", you can do so my adding a * after the year ("...as shown in 1997 {Smith:1997ww*}").
    • If you would like to suppress both the name and year, you can combine the two concepts above: ...as shown by Smith in 1997 {*Smith:1997ww*}. This is useful when you want to create a citation like "As shown by Smith in 1997". Suppressing both the author and year avoids Papers adding in "(Smith, 1997)" in the text when it is not really appropriate in the context of the citation, but does still include this citation in the bibliography.
  • Papers can merge consecutive cite keys. For example, you might start a sentence in your manuscript as follows: "As has been shown in the literature {Smith:2011jz}", and then decide to add more cite keys: "As has been shown in the literature {Smith:2011jz}{Jones:2010ab}{Close:2011hg}". Once you format the manuscript, this now becomes "As has been shown in the literature (Smith, 2011; Jones, 2010; Close, 2011)"

  • Now you can unformat manuscripts, if you would like. After formatting the manuscript, this is now an option:

  • Previously it was not possible to recognize text based cite keys in Word. We've worked around this issue and it is now possible to copy and paste a cite key into word, and Magic Manuscripts will recognize it. You can copy and paste cite keys from other applications, and you can drag/copy articles from Papers as a cite key by selecting this option in Papers -> Preferences -> Papers:

To see all new additions in Papers2.1, see our release notes.