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The PAPYRUS Bibliography System

Version 7.0 For DOS and Windows

PAPYRUS lets you computerize your reference collection. Type in your references or import them from existing computer sources. PAPYRUS can instantly retrieve any citation from the collection. Then, working with your word processor, PAPYRUS will automatically assemble your bibliographies -- perfectly formatted for any publication.

Whether you're a university professor or an industry researcher, PAPYRUS will keep track of your reprints, assemble your bibliographies, and prepare reading lists for your students. If you are a graduate student, use PAPYRUS to collect your references and automatically generate your thesis bibliography.


With PAPYRUS you can store up to 2 million references of up to 16,000 characters each -- plenty of room for abstracts. Include up to 100 authors per citation. Each reference can cite 100 major and minor keywords, which you can organize hierarchically.

Enter journal articles, books, chapters, conference and symposia proceedings, government reports, dissertations, patents, maps, quoted citations, or personal communications. As you add references to the collection, PAPYRUS automatically alerts you to possible duplicate entries. It can cope with references "In Press" or "Submitted," and it keeps track of references that have not yet been completely filled in.

You can also attach an unlimited number of notecards to each of your references. Each notecard includes its own searchable title and keywords, plus room for 6,000 characters of comments or quotations. Notecards are ideal for preparing a dissertation or for summarizing lengthy works.

The full extended ASCII character set is supported, including accented letters and some Greek and mathematical characters. You may also freely employ superscripts, subscripts, boldface, italics and underlining.


Not only does PAPYRUS accept typed-in references, it can also directly import references from almost anywhere -- national on-line databases (Medline, DIALOG, BRS/Colleague, Grateful Med, etc.), monthly reference services (Current Contents on Diskette, Reference Update), CD-ROMs (Silver Platter, Compact Cambridge, etc.), older bibliographic programs (REF-11, Reference Manager, Sci-Mate, ProCite, etc.), general purpose databases (such as dBase), or even old bibliographies created with your word processor. PAPYRUS employs artificial intelligence techniques in reading your source file, alerting you to potential problems (such as misspellings) and helping you avoid duplicate entries.


PAPYRUS can instantly locate any reference if you know even part of any of the authors' names. More complex searches can specify any combination of authors, editors, keywords, words from the title or abstract, journal name, year of publication, etc. PAPYRUS automatically identifies variations of author names ("Smith, JB", "Smith, J", "Smith, John, Jr.") and journal abbreviations ("New England Journal of Medicine," "NEJM," "New Engl. J. Med.").

Despite such comprehensive and powerful abilities, searches are fast -- even in a database containing thousands of entries, a typical search takes under a second for each successful match.


PAPYRUS will create reference lists and bibliographies in whatever format you desire. We provide dozens of predefined formats for popular journals in many fields (biology, medicine, physics, chemistry, geology, etc.), plus several standard styles (such as Vancouver, APA, Chicago, and MLA). You may also modify any of these, or create new formats from scratch.

The references in your list may be arranged alphabetically, or in the order they are cited within your manuscript. Or you can sort them some other way -- such as a reading list organized by topic or year. Alphabetization can be according to the rules of English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian or Icelandic.

PAPYRUS can work directly with your computer's printer to produce your final bibliography. You have full control over margins, headers, footers, pagination, line spacing, superscripts, boldface, etc.

If you prefer, PAPYRUS can send your bibliography to a file for use by your word processor. It directly supports both the DOS and Windows versions of WordPerfect, Microsoft Word and Ami Pro, plus the DOS versions of WordStar, WordStar 2000, XyWrite, Signature, PC-Write, ChiWriter and TeX. Other word processors can also be accommodated.


PAPYRUS will read your word-processed manuscript, looking for reference numbers from its collection. It automatically assembles your bibliography, rewriting the manuscript citations according to whichever formatting style you have chosen -- either citation number or author and year. If the latter, it will take care of adding a letter to the year when necessary ("Smith, 1987b"), and can deal with whatever punctuation and "et al." requirements apply.

This process works for manuscripts created with almost any word processor, including (but not limited to) both the DOS and Windows versions of WordPerfect, Microsoft Word and Ami Pro, plus the DOS versions of WordStar, WordStar 2000, XyWrite, Signature, PC-Write, ChiWriter and TeX. ASCII and DCA formats are also supported.


While you are writing your manuscript, you can easily jump back and forth between your word processor and PAPYRUS to look up references from your collection, and then paste the reference citations directly into your manuscript.


Although it is a DOS application, PAPYRUS can work directly with the Windows clipboard (Windows 3.0, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98). So you can copy and paste information between PAPYRUS and any Windows program, including word processors or scanning software.

PAPYRUS also works well under Windows NT and OS/2, including provisions for copying and pasting.

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PAPYRUS employs a modern, intuitive interface, with full-screen editing and mouse support. Pop-up windows allow you to access your collections of authors, editors, journals, keywords, etc., at any time. A special glossary feature eliminates the repeated typing of words or phrases that you use frequently.

Additional Specifications

  • No copy protection
  • Friendly, thorough User's Manual (described by several researchers as "the best computer manual I've ever read -- and certainly the most entertaining!")
  • Requires 470K available conventional memory
  • Stores approximately 1,500 references per megabyte of disk space
  • Can be run under DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95/98/Me, Windows NT/2000/XP, and OS/2
  • Can be run over a network
  • Fully Year 2000 compliant
  • PAPYRUS for Macintosh, Version 8.0 is also available.


PAPYRUS is now available as a free download. Also available are Adobe Acrobat versions of the two PAPYRUS manuals.

"PAPYRUS" and "Research Software Design" are registered trademarks of Research Software Design. All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

1 January 2004