BibDesk Alternatives for Linux

    BibDesk is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Zotero, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to BibDesk and eight of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to BibDesk are Mendeley (Freemium), JabRef (Free, Open Source), wizdom.ai (Freemium) and RefWorks (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 does not sync with Latex natively and it requires a third party software.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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    2. 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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    3. 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 over 4 years ago

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      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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      • FreemiumProprietary
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      wizdom.ai (formerly colwiz) is a free and comprehensive research management software for researchers, academics and students. With the wizdom.ai android app, you can search, add and manage publications in your wizdom.ai library on the go. Sync instantly across wizdom.
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      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.
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    4. Program for organizing and commenting textual citations from texts (books, articles, or other published works) for use in producing scientific or academic publications.

      Discontinued

      As the developer stated in February 2017, the software is no longer developed: https://sourceforge.net/p/textcite/discussion/616111/thread/91d6f4bc/#e988 Last version, 1.4, released in September 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      • Apache OpenOffice
      This Zotero plugin allows the user to automatically generate bibliographies (as well as in-text citations and footnotes) for LibreOffice and OpenOffice.
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      Bibfilex is a free bibliographic manager for GNU/Linux, Windows and OS X. It's useful to create and to manage archives of bibliographical items (books, articles, etc.) with possible attachments of any kind according to Biblatex structure and rules.
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