BibDesk Alternatives

    BibDesk is described as 'bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX .bib format' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 25 alternatives to BibDesk for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Online / Web-based, iPhone and iPad. The best alternative is Zotero, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like BibDesk are Qiqqa (Free, Open Source), Mendeley (Freemium), JabRef (Free, Open Source) and ReadCube Papers (Paid).

    This page was last updated Sep 30, 2020

    1. 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.
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      Zotero vs BibDesk opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Zotero does not sync with Latex natively and it requires a third party software.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

    2. Qiqqa is a free research and reference manager. Search for, read and annotate your PDFs. Then review your work, write up and create bibliographies instantly.
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    3. 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 automatically back up and synchronize your library...
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    4. The efficient way to collect, organize & discover Collect Import options for over 15 reference formats Easily retrieve and link full-text articles Fetch complete bibliographic information based on ISBN, DOI, PubMed-ID and arXiv-ID Import new...
      JabRef vs BibDesk opinions
      Almost everyone thinks JabRef is a great alternative to BibDesk.
      portable since in Java, relies only on bib file (no separate database), generates clean bib files (no internal fields)
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      Works the best with LaTeX documents, as exporting citations is redundant: JabRef's database is a simple .bib file. Available for all major platforms, offers automatic addition of entries via DOI or arXiv-ID, has everything one needs as a citation and reference manager.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Papers helps you collect and curate the research material that you're passionate about. This award-winning reference manager will improve the way you find, organize, read, cite, and share.
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    5. A reference management software, used for searching online publication databases, & managing publications / bibliographies, with the ability to insert the references into a word processor.
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      • Google Chrome
      • Google Drive
      • Google Drive - Docs
      • Google Scholar
      Organize your research papers in a Gmail-like web app, sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your references in Google Docs.
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    6. Workspace to highlight, organize & collaborate on your research articles.
    7. Powered by the same technology behind Zotero, ZoteroBib lets you seamlessly add items from across the web — using Zotero’s unmatched metadata extraction abilities — and generate bibliographies in more than 9,000 citation styles.
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    8. 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.
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