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BibDesk Alternatives for Windows

BibDesk is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows 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 16 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to BibDesk are Qiqqa, Mendeley, JabRef and ReadCube Papers.

BibDesk alternatives are mainly Research Managers but may also be Document Managers or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of BibDesk.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac

BibDesk is a bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic...

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    Zotero

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • LibreOffice
    • Firefox

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, share research 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.

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  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...

    Generate Bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice
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    JabRef

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Microsoft Edge

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

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    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)

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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.

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    ReadCube Papers

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Safari

    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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    Paperpile

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • 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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    EndNote

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    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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    wizdom.ai

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    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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    PDF Stacks

    • Mac
    • Windows

    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 computer to find a PDF file.

    Discontinued

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    Your library of PDF files at your fingertips: instantly organize, search, read, share and print within a click!
  10. Zenreader is a desktop app to take notes, organise your knowledge and produce great work in no time. It is a powerful productivity tool that includes tagging, reference management and keeping track of your progress.

    Zenreader's PDF Reader and Highlighting engine.
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