Paperpile for Word (private beta)


How to take part

We’ve just released the first version for macOS and initially need 10-20 users who have some time to test thoroughly and also can follow up with us to help us fix things. Just send us a quick note via the in-app messenger and we send you further instructions.

We hope the first phase will not take long and we can soon invite everyone from our waiting list. If you have not done so yet please sign up here:


Please report errors and suggestions via the in-app messenger or here in the forum.

For general comments and questions about the beta use this topic here.

Available features

  • Cite your references from your Paperpile library in Word (Office 2016 for macOS)
  • Sync your complete library to your local computer and work offline.
  • Access Paperpile via MacOS menu bar, Word “ribbon” tab, or the keyboard shortcut option-⌘-P.
  • Citation features
    • Add citations in-text, as footnotes, or as endnotes.
    • Automatically create bibliographies in different styles and languages.

Up Next

  • Convert between Google Docs and Word
  • Windows support
  • Cite references directly from online resources and import to your library
  • And much more…

Updates (Feb 28, 2019)

  • Improved speed of search results and citation insertion for documents with many citations.
  • Updated citation formatting engine to fix several issues with citation formats.
  • Search results from items in the document now also match on year.
  • Reset citation details (e.g. page) between multiple insertions of the same paper.
  • Finish inserting a citation with “Enter” also when citation details are shown.
  • Many behind-the-scenes adjustments in preparation of the upcoming Windows beta.
  • Various other bug fixes and optimizations.

Known issues

  • Pardon our appearance :sweat_smile: The design is not final and there are still some UI artifacts (e.g. white border on top of citation dialog).
  • Searching your citations might behave differently from Google Docs or the Web app. It’s work in progress and still has some issues.
  • It’s only possible to edit citations that are in your library at the moment.

Integration with Word when?
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Using paperpile with Microsoft Word

Please count me in!!!


Just signed up and really looking forward to testing it.

My hope is that there will be a desktop app that will eventually let any text editing platform to insert and edit references. Is that planned?


Please contact us in the in-app chat if you want to be part of the earliest beta phases (i.e. the one going on now on macOS).

As for supporting any text editor, that is definitely planned, but we want to get Word right first.


I will sign up. On my phone right now


I’m in. Signing up now.


Yes, please!


Hi paperpile,

Can I ask whether this is designed only for citation insert at this moment? I see the current feature includes

Sync your complete library to your local computer and work offline.

But I could not use it to manage my papers like the web app. Did I over-interpret this? Or did I miss some current features?



At the moment, the local library serves only to make the citation process work offline.


The Beta seems to work great. It’s very fast! Any suggestions I have are cosmetic, which as you said is something you are still working on. So far so good!


I’d like to sign up for the beta on macOS. Thanks!

Paperpile for iOS and Android (private beta) 📱

Are you designing the Mac plugin/app in a way that it will be possible to have an API that editors could pick up, for example, to add citations into Latex documents via a VSCode plugin? That would be my dream world.

Our current plan is to (eventually) enable the app to place the right “\cite” command in your clipboard. That way, editors will not have to use any API; you press the global keyboard shortcut, Paperpile comes up, you find your reference(s), and then paste the result in your document editor.

A VScode plugin does sound cool though…


We have pushed a new update today. It includes mostly bug fixes and optimizations. For example, adding citations to documents with many citations in them should now be faster. In addition, pressing enter while the cursor is in the citation details pane (i.e. in the “page number” field) will complete the dialog, so it is a bit faster to add references with page numbers.

Mostly, we have been working towards making the whole thing work on Windows. In theory, the code in this release is stable on Windows with just a couple of tweaks, so if all goes well with this update we will be able to open up the beta to windows users.

Existing beta users: please give this update a try and let us know if you run into any problems or have any requests.


Great news! Count me in when you open it for windows!


Hey Jason could you add me? I requested through the app but I have heard nothing. Thanks,


@plg Please try again via the in-app chat. That is the only place we can actually add people. I also want to keep this thread mostly free of “add me” requests.


The chat isn’t working, maybe I should open a whole new thread about that issue.


Yes that would be a separate issue. You can also email, but be sure to use your Paperpile email address.


Eagerly waiting for a windows version!