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Open Source EndNote Alternatives

The best open source alternative to EndNote is Zotero. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to EndNote and ten of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to EndNote are Qiqqa, JabRef, KBibTeX and BibDesk.

EndNote 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 EndNote.
This page was last updated Apr 22, 2022
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  1. 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.

    Zotero vs EndNote opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Zotero is a great alternative to EndNote.

    Consistent research sources management. No hidden fees. Nice UI.

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    Probably the best open source alternative to Endnote, even though it does lack some functionality. Most notably, it lacks the ability to make composite references (ie reference 1 a)... b)... c...). However, from a privacy perspective and the fact that its excellent browser plugins can save information conveniently, it's still highly recommended.

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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.

    Qiqqa vs EndNote opinions
    Most users think Qiqqa is a great alternative to EndNote.

    Much more powerful and flexible

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  3. 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.

    JabRef vs EndNote opinions
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    JohnFastman

    JabRef is excellent, free and open source. Unfortunately, EndNote is likely to be attractive to those seeking integration with MS Word; JabRef does not do this as it is oriented more towards LaTeX users. There is a work around to this, but it is tedious (based on exporting the bibliography as a Sources.xml file and importing that to Word.)

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  4. KBibTeX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

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

  5. BibDesk

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    BibDesk is a bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX .bib format.



  6. SCIENTILLA

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Scientilla is a new approach to give the scientific community an open, free, accurate, tidy and up-to-date production reporting solution.

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  7. Citation Generator

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Mick Schroeder’s automatic citation generator. Create a bibliography from a URL, PubMed ID, DOI, ISBN, etc… Style with AMA, APA, APA, NLM, + 9000 more.

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  8. Peerlibrary

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    PeerLibrary is an open source project developing a collaborative online community where scholars and researchers can discover, read, and discuss scholarly literature all within one site.

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  9. I, Librarian

    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    I, Librarian is an online service that will organize your collection of PDF and office files. The service focuses on central management of PDF documents suitable for real-time collaboration in research teams and companies.

  10. Bibfilex

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    On its website, https://sites.google.com/site/bibfilex/home, one reads: “This software is not under development anymore.”

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