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About Paperpile

About the software

Paperpile is a simple but powerful web-based reference management tool, with special emphasis on integration with Google Docs and Google Scholar. It's the newest addition to our range of reference management tools, and offers an alternative to EndNote or EndNote Online.

Paperpile allows you to organise your research papers, sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your references in Google Docs. But the real benefit is in the ability to share, particularly useful when you are collaborating with others in your writing. It’s incredibly intuitive to use and already being used by several academic staff at the University.

We are the first UK Higher Education institution to buy a site licence, making this simple but powerful tool freely available to all our staff and students.

Parts of Paperpile are implemented as a Google Chrome browser extension so it should always be used in the Chrome browser, which is now available on all staff managed PCs (via Run Advertised Programs) and all classroom PCs.

Obtaining the software

Students and staff

Paperpile is available to all students and staff at the University of York who have a valid email address and is available both on and off campus.

Paperpile is designed to work with the Google Chrome browser - using any other browser will not give you full functionality and is not recommended.

To register:

  1. Go to and sign up using your Univerisity of York email address.
  2. You will then be prompted to install the Paperpile Chrome Extension.

Existing Paperpile users

If you already use paperpile you can switch to the University Site License by going to Settings | Account

Choose 'Activate Site License' and enter your University email address.

Documentation, training and support

Paperpile is designed to be user-friendly and intuitive to use.

Help, Getting Started Guides, troubleshooting and a forum offering extra help and allowing feature requests are all available from:

Our reference management skills guide gives the pros and cons of all three supported reference management applications and an overview of what reference management software can do.