EndNote Reviews

For 90% of people, there are much cheaper alternatives.

about EndNote and Zotero, Mendeley, JabRef · · Helpful Not helpful

I have been using Endnote for 7 years. I don't really want to.

Endnote...

  • is brutally expensive (unless you have a site licence through work, forget it)
  • has no Linux version (that's a disgrace!)
  • has buggy integration with Open/Libre Office
  • allows unparalleled citation & bibliography customization - huge feature set**
  • takes quite a while to learn all the options, the more advanced options aren't intuitive to navigate

For 90% of people Zotero or Mendeley will be as useful. Both are free. Both work on Mac, Windows and Linux.

For LaTeX users, there is JabRef.


** Example of a feature Endnote feature others don't have: Composite references: the option to group references cited together as 1) a)..., b)..., c)... rather than 1)..., 2)..., 3)... (ie multiple references under one number in the bibliography, rather than one reference per number). Don't feel you need that? No, I didn't think so. It seems to be part of publishing culture only for some areas of law and organic and inorganic chemistry. And that's what I mean: thoughtful to include it, and frustrating if you need it and don't get it with the free alternatives like Mendeley. The good community of Zotero don't even understand what this feature is and why people would want it. But if you don't need this level of customization, congratulations. Probably you don't need EndNote.

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