Cite While You Write on the iPad

For academics, inserting citations from a popular citation manager, such as Endnote, Mendeley, Readcube, etc., is an integral part of their writing workflow. Researchers use citation managers to save time and the hassle of properly formatting citations that different journals require. The sandbox security of iPadOS, however, has limited the ability of these citation managers to integrate with word processors.

Recently, I have come across two solutions that work on iPadOS.

1. In Microsoft Word, use the Mendeley add-on within Word on the iPad.

Using the Mendeley Add-On within Microsoft Word on iPad.
  1. For Google docs, Paperpile now works as an add-on if writing within the Safari browser. Paperpile works via Safari since Safari is now a full-fledged desktop-class web browser on mobile. Chrome will not work.
Using Paperpile with Google Docs on iPad via Safari.

I hope to see other citation managers such as Zotero, Endnote, Bookends, and Readcube offer an iPadOS solution. I particularly hope that they can also integrate with Ulysses or Appleā€™s Pages.

Integrating Endnote with Ulysses III

As an academic researcher it saves a lot of time to use a bibliography database to automatically output citations in the correct format. Although Pages and Word have direct plug-in capability and is easy to use, often I find myself working in a text editor such as Ulysses III.

Currently I am using Endnote X6, however, it is likely other bibliography databases that have a scan paper function will work as well. To insert citations into Ulysses III so that Endnote will recognize them follow the format guides below.

Steps for generating bibliography with Endnote

  1. Save finished paper as Word .rtf
  2. Open up Endnote, and select Tools > Format Paper. Navigate to the saved file and Endnote will scan the paper and generate a new .rtf file with a bibliography in your chosen Endnote style.

Formatting guide for inserting citations into Ulysses III:

Copy each desired reference within Endnote and then \ Paste reference within Ulysses III.  To avoid using the backslash you can also modify {} as a markup symbol

Ulysses III tips

For author and date:
\{Hurst, 2002 #1796}

Results example:
(Hurst 2002)

For multiple citations:
\{Hurst, 2002 #1796}\{Hurst, 2010 #1636}
\{Hurst, 2010 #1636}\{Johnson, 2011 #739}

Results example:
(Hurst 2002, 2010)
(Hurst 2010; Johnson et al., 2011)

Add prefix to citation:
\{e.g.,\Hurst, 2010 #1636}

Results example:

(e.g., Hurst 2010)

Note:  To get the prefix citation to work you must add the backslash within the RTF document prior to Endnote scanning.  Ulysses removes \ on export to RTF.

Add page numbers:

\{Hurst, 2010 #1636:23-30}

Results example:

(e.g., Hurst, 2010:23-30)

Year only:

Hurst states \{, 2010 #1636} the following

Results example:

Hurst states (2010) the following