Like most of you, I read several scientific articles every week and annotate them on my tablet.

Do you know of a useful way to organise "clean" vs "annotated" articles in a way that is searchable and mobile-device friendly?

I use Papers now, but it isn't useful to have two copies of everything: a clean one and an annotated one.

Maybe one of you guys have a brilliant method to deal with this.

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    Wouldn't be a better question how to hide annotations? – Roland Dec 8 '16 at 15:01
  • Nope. I like the annotations there (but for myself only, so I store two versions... – Teusz Dec 8 '16 at 15:48
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    What OS do you use? – Ébe Isaac Dec 8 '16 at 17:55
  • iOS exclusively – Teusz Dec 8 '16 at 18:08
  • "Like most of you, [...] and annotate them on my tablet": Many people don't annotate articles, and probably a lot more don't even use tablets (I'm one who neither annotates articles nor use tablets, and I know many others who don't do it either). – Massimo Ortolano Dec 8 '16 at 19:35


This should cover nearly all your requirements -- with or without annotation.

Although my personal choice would be BibDesk (which I use nearly every day), Mendeley hits it for a cross-platform mobile-friendly experience.

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