Google Scholar PDF Reader

Google Scholar PDF Reader

Supercharge your paper reading: follow references, skim outline, jump to figures, cite and save.

  • Google Scholar PDF Reader
  • Google Scholar PDF Reader
  • Google Scholar PDF Reader
  • Google Scholar PDF Reader
  • Google Scholar PDF Reader
What is Google Scholar PDF Reader?
Google Scholar PDF Reader is a Chrome extension that enhances the reading experience of academic papers. It allows users to preview references, navigate the table of contents, jump to figures, change viewing modes, copy citations, and save articles to their Scholar Library for future reference.
Version: 0.1.6 (Last updated: 2024-07-10)
Creation date: 2024-03-16
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood
Manifest version: 3
  • webNavigation
  • webRequest
  • declarativeNetRequest
  • scripting
  • storage
  • offscreen
  • clipboardWrite
Host permissions:
  • <all_urls>
Size: 3.29M
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When you install Scholar Reader, PDFs on all sites will have a new look in Chrome. To make this happen, Chrome will ask for permissions to read and change data on all sites. Scholar Reader makes no changes other than the presentation of PDFs.

• Preview references as you read. Click the in-text citation to see a summary and find the PDF. • Scan a table of contents. Interested in methods, results, or discussion? Click the section to go straight to it. • Click in-text figure mentions to see the figure and the back button to keep reading. • Make it right for your eyes with light, dark, and night modes. • Copy and paste common citation formats without leaving the paper. • Save articles to your Scholar Library to read or cite later.

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User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Chrome Web Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
  • Useful for previewing references
  • Improves paper reading experience
  • Uniform PDF experience in Chrome
  • Lack of annotation and highlighting features
  • Frequent issues with Chrome's PDF viewer
  • Inability to copy and paste from papers
Most mentioned
  • Highlight and comment feature requests
  • Issues with Chrome's PDF viewer
  • Desire for annotation and two-page view options
Recent reviews
Thank you for this application, it can help in writing scientific articles.
by muhamad muh muhamad muh, 2024-07-17

Very convenient academic pdf reader. The only and necessary point needs to be improved is the ability to mark, and put text annotation. So it won't be my primary pdf reader for now.
by Gengning Ying Gengning Ying, 2024-07-16

The night reading mode exists, which is good, but it is low contrast. The page is a glowing light gray, with somewhat lighter gray text. I find it hard to look at. The page needs to be black. Text should be white or a little off white.
by Thomas Lynch Thomas Lynch, 2024-07-15
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Risk impact

Google Scholar PDF Reader is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Google Scholar PDF Reader if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Google Scholar PDF Reader is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this extension.

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