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    Qiqqa

    Qiqqa is free award-winning knowledge-, research- and reference management software. If you're serious about getting the most from managing your publications, PDFs...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud Android Android Tablet

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    JabRef

    JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Docear

    Docear is a unique solution to academic literature management, which helps you organizing, creating, and discovering academic literature. The 3 most distinct features...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    ReadCube

    ReadCube’s desktop and mobile iOS applications are available free for both Mac & PC and offers researchers the ability to discover and access literature faster...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... iPad

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    Citavi

    Reference management and knowledge organization with integrated task planner. Solution for work groups with data sharing in intranet available.

    Freemium Windows

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    colwiz

    colwiz is free software for researchers, academics and students. The iPad, iPhone and iPod touch version sync your research articles, attachments and annotations with...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Papers

    Papers doesn’t just want your PDFs, it will gladly organize all your documents, whether they are word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, posters, scanned receipts...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud iPhone iPad

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    Paperpile

    Organize your research papers in a Gmail-like web app, sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your references in Google Docs.

    Commercial Web / Cloud Chrome Google Drive Google Drive - Docs Google Scholar

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    BibSonomy

    BibSonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks and lists of literature (BibTex format). When discovering a bookmark or a publication on the web, you can store it on our...

    Free Web / Cloud

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    RefMe

    Citations Made Easy. RefME is the world's #1 tool for automating citations, reference lists and bibliographies, on mobile and web (RefME.com).

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    AlReader

    AlReader 2 is an eBook Reader for Windows Mobile and Pocket PC products as well as Windows This is a free program. # Support profiles «Day» /...

    Free Windows Windows Mobile Android

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    EasyBib

    Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA. Easybib truly makes the life of...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Google Drive - Docs

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    Bookends

    Bookends is a commercial reference management software package for Mac OS X that is used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Its...

    Commercial Mac

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Mendeley Comments

easy to use BUT locks you in

Negative Comment by tommygold
about Mendeley and Docear, Zotero Oct 2013

mendeley is really easy to use. and excellent retrieval of metadata. but: there is ONE big disadvantage. when you create comments in PDFs, mendeley does not export them. that means you cannot use PDFs and comments in other software. you are locked-in. source: http://www.docear.org/2013/10/14/what-makes-a-bad-reference-manager/ (i tried the export and it's true, comments in pdfs are exported in a crappy format).

i use zotero instead. not that easy to use but open source and excellent community. docear also looks nice.

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Great for references

Positive Comment by Thelle
about Mendeley Jul 2012

I love Mendeley for creating and sharing references. A must-have tool for all University students.

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I love this program. It is still a work in progress, but fu ...

Comment by dmontesi
about Mendeley Jun 2011

I love this program. It is still a work in progress, but functional for the most part, and I've already written papers with it. The main points that made me move from EndNote and Zotero to Mendeley where:
-PDF MANAGEMENT. There is really nothing like this out there. Just drop a pdf file in the Mendeley window and it adds the paper to your database. That easy! You might have to correct a couple of tiny things, but for the most part it's done. Yes, in 1 second it adds a reference, renames your pdf file (AuthorYearTitle.pdf) and neatly stores it in the Mendeley folder on your hard drive! You can also build your library out of that black hole/folder with random pdf's you have. Just tell Mendeley to monitor it!
-WORD/OPEN OFFICE INTEGRATION: Yes, like your most valuable reference managers it functionally integrates with your word processor. I hope they extend support to LibreOffice soon! Also, they should allow users to modify styles since you can only use the ones already available (the same styles available for Zotero anyways).
-CLOUD STORAGE. It is cool to access your files anywhere, but you can not edit them from the web/IPad app so it's mostly useless to me unless I bring my laptop with me anyways. Also the cloud storage it's really expensive when compared with other companies (compare to Livedrive !), however, the first 500Mb are free so you can configure it to back up only the folders you are working with.
No doubt the best tool out there for academics and the such!

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Mendeley is the only (free) app on linux that allows you to ...

Comment by landroni
about Mendeley Jun 2011

Mendeley is the only (free) app on linux that allows you to create comments in your PDFs, and does so with style.

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mendeley is a lot more friendly than zotero, also don't dep ...

Comment by edmar
about Mendeley Jun 2011

mendeley is a lot more friendly than zotero, also don't depend of the firefox to work. Is already the best PDF/reference manager and gets better and better each version.

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gordita_de_lisoform, that feature you mention that is missi ...

Comment by rvidal
about Mendeley Jun 2011

gordita_de_lisoform, that feature you mention that is missing in the new version is only temporarily gone. It is being redesigned and optimized and will return in one of the next releases. :-)

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It has amazingly useful features like auto-extracting refer ...

Comment by gordita_de_lisoform
about Mendeley Jun 2011

It has amazingly useful features like auto-extracting references from indexing sites like pubmed and google scholar... but it's a pity that the new version lacks the old feature that automatically extracted references from pdf articles stored in the hard drive :(

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it works fine with me in ubuntu no crash no bugs and also i ...

Comment by hero1900
about Mendeley Jun 2011

it works fine with me in ubuntu no crash no bugs and also it still beta so we should support these kind of projects
so glade to hear about this
thx so so much

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Just so things are made clear, Mendeley is free. Any of the ...

Comment by rvidal
about Mendeley Jun 2011

Just so things are made clear, Mendeley is free. Any of the features what it currently provides for free, will remain free. There will be premium features coming up and those should have a specified cost. Also to keep in mind, Mendeley has sync features so you can sync your Zotero and CiteULike accounts with Mendeley. (Disclaimer: Beside being a long time user, I'm currently also community liaison with Mendeley)

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It's not open source unlike zotero, and has plans to turn c ...

Comment by Ravi
about Mendeley Jun 2011

It's not open source unlike zotero, and has plans to turn commercial. Which means all of a sudden you may be faced with the option of migrating to zotero or paying $$$. Most features are derivative of zotero, though collaboration with the wider research community is a lot better than zotero. Still I would recommend that instead of mendeley you use zotero in combination with academia.edu: for academics by academics, full functionality, no gimmicks.

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Great in principle, in practice it's very very buggy, took ...

Comment by BrandDynamics
about Mendeley Jun 2011

Great in principle, in practice it's very very buggy, took me literally days to run to index my 3,500 pdf's (Ok, on a slow XP box Athlon 2100+) research library crashing all the way through, i'm persisting as there is nothing better out there especially for a PDF library manager and citation manager, maybe Endnote, Cathy, Scan, Zotero? So i hope later releases will fix the many many CTD and hanging bugs.

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the sharing research papers section is a good idea but in m ...

Comment by Hugues
about Mendeley Jun 2011

the sharing research papers section is a good idea but in my opinion papers is better in using google scholar or others scientific searc engine to identify the publication.

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I'm glad you added Mendeley. I must say that it works prett ...

Comment by rvidal
about Mendeley Jun 2011

I'm glad you added Mendeley. I must say that it works pretty much the same on all platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). It's a free desktop and web solution designed for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online.

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