ReadCube is a free desktop and browser-based program for managing, annotating, and accessing academic research articles. It also allows users to enhance eligible PDF files with both the browser-based and desktop application. Once enhanced, articles have interactive citations, integrated author information, and access to stored supplements. Additionally, users can highlight sections of documents and write notes saved within the client.
ReadCube has been getting a lot of attention due to its partnerships with several publishing companies including the Nature Publishing Group, and now Wiley. When you find an article through ReadCube’s Web Reader, Desktop app or one of its publishing partners websites (Nature.com/Wiley.com), you’ll be presented with unique access options: Rent, Cloud or PDF. ReadCube Access provides options to buy or, uniquely, rent individual research articles.
Note however that the Rent/Cloud/PDF options should never display for UC-licensed articles. UCSF users will see the PIA options when viewing articles in a Nature or Wiley journal that we don’t subscribe to. If you’re interested you can go to the website for the journal Interdisciplinary Reviews: RNA Choose an article that doesn’t have the open access lock icon, then click on PDF.
ReadCube’s Rent/ Cloud/PDF options are more fully described in this article from the California Digital Library (CDL).