Alternatives to Paperpile for all platforms with any license

  • Zotero icon

    Zotero

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox/Chrome extension or standalone program to help you collect, organize, manage, search and cite your research sources directly in your favourite word processor, with 300 MB free online storage.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome Safari Microsoft Office Word LibreOffice Firefox

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    Mendeley

    Mendeley helps manage and share academic knowledge: Mendeley Desktop is free academic software (Windows, Mac, Linux) for organizing and sharing research papers and generating bibliographies with 1GB of free online storage to...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud iPhone iPad

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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 and bibliographies, Qiqqa is for you. Superb reference and...

    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 are: 1. A single-section user-interface that allows the most...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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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, and many more. Papers even has a dedicated space for your own...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud 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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    EndNote

    A reference management software, used for searching online publication databases, & managing publications / bibliographies, with the ability to insert the references into a word processor.

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud iPad

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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 server. You can add tags to your post to retrieve it more...

    Free Web / Cloud

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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 the Desktop App over the internet. Now you can take your research...

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

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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 a student work smarter and smoother, providing an intuitive means...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Google Drive - Docs

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    BibDesk

    BibDesk is a bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX .bib format. BibDesk integrates well with TeX for creating citations and bibliographies.

    Open Source Mac

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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 target market is students, academics and professionals. It works...

    Commercial Mac

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    Peerlibrary

    PeerLibrary is an open source project developing a collaborative online community where scholars and researchers can discover, read, and discuss scholarly literature all within one site. This project focuses on expediting access to...

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • OutWit Hub icon

    OutWit Hub

    OutWit Hub explores the depths of the Web for you, automatically collecting and organizing data and media from online sources. OutWit Hub breaks down Web pages into their different constituents. Navigating from page to page...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Firefox

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    RefWorks

    RefWorks - an online research management, writing and collaboration tool - is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. If you...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    Benubird PDF

    Benubird PDF makes personal document management simple: capture, organize and retrieve your PDF documents effortlessly. Managing files is easy with virtual folders and powerful metadata filters. Guaranteed to save you time and...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Software is discontinued, but still available for download from http://www.debenu.com/products/desktop/debenu-pdf-benubird/
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    TextCite

    Program for organizing and commenting textual citations from texts (books, articles, or other published works) for use in producing scientific or academic publications.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Sente icon

    Sente

    Sente 6 is the next-generation academic reference manager. Sente helps you find, organize, review and cite the academic literature in your field, and it does it in ways that you have probably not thought possible before. Sente also...

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

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    Biblioscape

    Software to help researchers collect and manage bibliographic data, take notes while doing research, and generate citations and bibliographies for publication.

    Commercial Windows

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    SCIENTILLA

    Scientilla is a new approach to give the scientific community an open, free, accurate, tidy and up-to-date production reporting solution. Scientilla is peer-to-peer (P2P) software which combines the concepts of Social...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    bibme

    BibMe is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you. BibMe will then format the citation information and...

    Free Web / Cloud

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    FingerPDF

    Do you need efficient access to your technical documentation ? Do you want to increase your knowledge building a personal digital library of e-Books, Magazines, Articles and Web pages? Have you moved to paperless and you need to...

    Commercial Mac

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    KBibTeX

    KBibTeX is a reference management software primarily for BibTeX which is typically used in conjunction with TeX/LaTeX.

    Open Source Linux

  • PDF Stacks icon

    PDF Stacks

    With PDF Stacks, you can organize, find and browse, search, annonate and share your collection and library of PDF files, papers, research and journal articles with a single click. It saves you time: no more wondering around your...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Droideley

    Droideley is an unofficial Mendeley Android client. It is capable of synchronizing with your Mendeley library and of downloading the stored documents. It also provides a filtering options (folder, author, tag) and it can be used for...

    Open Source Android

    • Discontinued As officially announced on their Twitter feed
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    bibus

    Bibus is a bibliographic database. It uses a MySQL or SQLite database to store references. It can directly insert references in OpenOffice.org and MS Word and generate the bibliographic index.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • UbikReader icon

    UbikReader

    UbikReader is the new way to organize your documents. Multitask while you read, annotate, write notes and share your documents with ease. No more worrying about how to manage your large, cluttered library of documents....

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    Bibtex Editor

    Easy to use online Bibtex Editor. Lets you manage Bibtex directly in your browser. Able to import and export Bibtex.

    Free Web / Cloud

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    PocketBib

    PocketBib is a BibTeX library reader for academics on the go. With PocketBib you can search, browse and read the papers in your BibTeX library, and synchronise them over Dropbox with BibDesk or JabRef on your computer. You can even...

    Commercial iPhone iPad

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    ReferenceME

    ReferenceME makes referencing easy. Download our apps to start saving marks and time. Scan the barcode of any book or journal, choose your referencing style and export to your essay.

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone

Paperpile Comments

works well, especially for people without desktop (Chrome OS)

Positive Comment by frankz
about Paperpile and Citavi Jul 2015

I was looking for an alternative to CITAVI, the most widely used refference tool around my campus, because I wanted to work outside, in the park or whereever, where I just had some random netbook around. I didn't look too deep, but Paperpile was the first and it seems the only app to date, that works completely without a Windows / Mac -based Desktop-programm.
I tried it and it ran really smooth, integrated well with Google-docs, which I prefered to use (for the same reasons as said above) to other heavier word-processors and made it all easy.
I am espescially impressed with it's automatic finding and downloading full-text pdf of most papers. A task that was tideous before..
thumbs up!

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