What are citations links & how to remove them

Paperpile uses URLs (citation links) to encode citation information in Google Docs, which is the only direct encoding method supported in that environment. While there is no option to turn these links off, there are workarounds to remove them.

Option 1: Export a clean Google Doc

There is a dedicated function to remove citation links from a Google Doc:

  1. Install the Paperpile sidebar addon (Add-ons > Get add-ons) or directly here: https://workspace.google.com/marketplace/app/paperpile/894076725911 1
  2. Start the sidebar add-on: Add-ons > Paperpile > Manage Citations
  3. Click Gear > Export
  4. Select “No Citation codes” and click “Export”. This will create a copy of your Google Doc that does not contain any citation links.
  1. Install our Word plugin (officially still in beta but fully functional): https://paperpile.com/word-plugin.
  2. Export the Google Doc to Word via File > Download > Microsoft Word and open with Word.
  3. In the Paperpile ribbon tab select Settings and Tools > Convert from > Paperpile Google Docs. This will convert the URLs to Word form fields, which remain editable but do not show up when you export to a PDF.

Option 3: Export to Word and remove all URLs

  1. Export the Google Doc to Word (see Option 2) and open the document in Word.
  2. Press Ctrl+A to select all text.
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+F9.

MS Word supports an alternative encoding method (form fields)

Using Adobe Acrobat you can remove all links from a PDF in Tools > Optimize PDF > Preflight > Flatten annotations and form fields.

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