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Citavi Alternatives for Mac

Citavi is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 Citavi and 17 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Citavi are Mendeley, JabRef, ReadCube Papers and Paperpile.

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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A handy, intuitive reference-managing tool. Citavi researches in over 4800 databases and catalogs, organizes and structures...

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  1. Zotero icon

    Zotero

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    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • LibreOffice
    • Firefox
    64 alternatives to Zotero 

    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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    1.  Support for MarkDownZotero supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Privacy focusedZotero is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Ad-freeZotero doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZotero can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  PDF annotationZotero support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    7.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Zotero simultaneously.
    8.  File TaggingZotero can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
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    Data and File Syncing
    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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    Mendeley

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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    67 alternatives to 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 automatically back up and synchronize your library...

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

    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

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    • Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Microsoft Edge
    40 alternatives to JabRef 

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

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    1.  Full-Text SearchJabRef lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    2.  Support for LaTeXJabRef supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    3.  AutocompletionJabRef can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
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    Guest

    It's totally free. It has a nice UI an it works pretty good.

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    ReadCube Papers

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    • Online
    • Android
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    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Safari
    40 alternatives to ReadCube Papers 

    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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    1.  PDF annotationReadCube Papers support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  Built-in viewerReadCube Papers shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    4.  Text to SpeechReadCube Papers allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    Guest

    It has an Android app which makes work so much easier

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    Paperpile

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    • Online
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    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Google Scholar
    39 alternatives to Paperpile 

    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

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    41 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  PDF annotationEndNote support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in EndNote simultaneously.
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    wizdom.ai

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    36 alternatives to wizdom.ai 

    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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    1.  Support for LaTeXwizdom.ai supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Bookends

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    29 alternatives to Bookends 

    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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    Formatted reference and reference summary
    Bookends vs Citavi opinions
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    Guest

    Relatively cheap, very customizable, simple to use, lots of options.

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    PDF Stacks

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    29 alternatives to PDF Stacks 

    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.

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    1.  PDF annotationPDF Stacks support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Built-in viewerPDF Stacks shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    3.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in PDF Stacks simultaneously.
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      Your library of PDF files at your fingertips: instantly organize, search, read, share and print within a click!
      Read in Full Screen Mode and Take Notes
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      Zenreader

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      22 alternatives to Zenreader 

      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.

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      1.  PDF annotationZenreader support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
      2.  OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
      Zenreader's PDF Reader and Highlighting engine.
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