There are many online tools to research and to work collaboratively, but not in all stages of a research or in the broad sense of the concept collaboration. For example, we can share our papers by Mendeley, analyze our data with Dedoose, or write our manuscript at Overleaf. However, there hasn’t been a specific tool where several researchers can discuss a paper step by step until now.


PaperHive tries to fill this gap in the online tools. Depending on the research field, there are some papers too complex to understand completely if you are reading it alone, or if you don’t have time to spend. What paperHive suggests is to read the papers into an active process of collaboration. The idea is very simple: several researchers can read the same document (a paper, a book, a book chapter, etc.) and to attach questions, opinions, formulas, and figures directly in the margin of the original text where everyone can benefit from their contributions. It’s an interesting approach to the reading process.

HiperHive allows you to follow the changes of the documents, so you will be informed of any changes in them. An interesting use of PaperHive is in the PhD programs, where several PhD candidates can work together in the same document, or in the relationship between the PhD candidate and their supervisor. I have decided to try it the next academic year with my new PhD candidate.

Moreover, you can find browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome, which will keep you informed of changes that occur in the documents you follow.