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Citavi is described as 'A handy, intuitive reference-managing tool. Citavi researches in over 4800 databases and catalogs, organizes and structures your literature, references, quotes and idea collections and assists you with your documentation or publication' and is a research manager in the news & books category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Citavi for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, iPhone and iPad. The best alternative is Zotero, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Citavi are Qiqqa, Mendeley, JabRef and BibSonomy.

Citavi alternatives are mainly Research Managers but may also be Document Managers or Note-taking Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Citavi.
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  • FreemiumProprietary
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A handy, intuitive reference-managing tool. Citavi researches in over 4800 databases and catalogs, organizes and structures...

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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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownZotero supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesZotero can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationZotero support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ File TaggingZotero can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Zotero simultaneously.
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    Zotero vs Citavi opinions
    Most users think Zotero is a great alternative to Citavi.
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    You can get it for Linux. Also Zotero can import Citavi-Exports and you can also use it locally.

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    Zotero is extremely flexible and can be used on nearly every Platform. Zotero has an extremely useful browser extension and a reasonable business model. The software has an easy interface and clear design. It migt look like a boring software but it is very fast and powerful.

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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.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationQiqqa support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchQiqqa lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    ⚫︎ File TaggingQiqqa can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXQiqqa supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ PortableQiqqa can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Qiqqa simultaneously.
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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...

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Mendeley simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationMendeley support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
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    Generate Bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice
    Mendeley vs Citavi opinions
    Some users think Mendeley is a great alternative to Citavi, some don't.

    Citavi 5 has far more functionalities than Mendeley. Mendeley can not search among annotation, it can not distinguish between different kind of notes (direct, indirect quotations, comments, main ideas, etc.) and more other functions.

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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.

    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchJabRef lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXJabRef supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    It's totally free. It has a nice UI an it works pretty good.

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  5. BibSonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks and lists of literature (BibTex format).

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in BibSonomy simultaneously.
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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.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationReadCube Papers support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesReadCube Papers can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechReadCube Papers allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    It has an Android app which makes work so much easier

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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.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationEndNote support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in EndNote simultaneously.
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    KBibTeX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

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

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXKBibTeX supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Weava

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Google Chrome

    Weava is a collaborative workplace for research offering an easy way to highlight, organize and collaborate on your research articles.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationWeava support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
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