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EndNote Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to EndNote for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. 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 EndNote and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to EndNote are Mendeley, JabRef, ReadCube Papers and Paperpile.

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.
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  1. Zotero icon

    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 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. 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 EndNote opinions
    Most users think Mendeley is a great alternative to EndNote.

    Large free online storage. Integrates well with Word. Easy to use. Regular email of like-minded articles.

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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.
    ⚫︎ AutocompletionJabRef can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
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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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    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
    ⚫︎ Built-in viewerReadCube Papers shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechReadCube Papers allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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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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    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.

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

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    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
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    Works well with Word and Mellel, can be customized, is reasonably priced, and is kept up to date with good support.

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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.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationPDF Stacks support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Built-in viewerPDF Stacks shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    ⚫︎ 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!
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    PDF Search

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    PDF Search is an app to search multiple documents insanely fast. It enables you to find any information in seconds within lots of documents. It uses its AI-powered algorithm to detect the best related pages. Just search your documents, reference books or notes using PDF Search.

    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchPDF Search lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
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  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.

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