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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...

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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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    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud iPhone iPad

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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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    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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    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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    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

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    Biohunter

    Biohunter is a single portal which provides literature search, data statistics, reading, sorting, storing, journal suggestion for publication, field expert identification and their contact details for collaboration. www.biohunter.in.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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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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    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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    PubChase

    Read More, Search Less. Stay up to date with biomedical research relevant to you! Get personalized recommendations Build your cloud library and PubChase will recommend recently published articles based on the authors and...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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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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    Utopia Documents

    Utopia Documents is a free PDF reader that connects the static content of scientific articles to the dynamic world of online content. With a brand new look-and-feel that blends real-time updates with the typographic elegance of...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    ACS ChemWorx

    ACS ChemWorx is a free research management and storage system for chemists that combines reference discovery and management, professional networking, group and task management, and manuscript preparation in a single, secure location...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet

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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

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ReadCube Comments

Not terribly helpful in computer science

Comment by Anamon
about ReadCube May 2014

I'm working in computer science and found that ReadCube fails to recognise around half of all documents, even when supporting the search by manually entering titles, authors, or even DOIs. These papers that it fails to identify are perfectly visible on Google Scholar that the software uses as a source.

The software could have still had its use as a tool for bringing some order into a collection of papers (in most cases, a ramshackle folder overflowing with PDFs) and managing citations. Unfortunately, the fact that it's not possible to tag unidentified papers yourself, severely limits its usefulness.

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