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Open Source Mendeley Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Mendeley is Zotero. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Mendeley and 17 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Mendeley are Qiqqa, JabRef, BibSonomy and MyBib.

Mendeley alternatives are mainly Research Managers but may also be Document Managers or eBook Readers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Mendeley.
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Mendeley helps manage and share academic knowledge: Mendeley Desktop is free academic software (Windows, Mac, Linux) for...

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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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Zotero is a great alternative to Mendeley.

    Open source and made in the U.S.A!

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    Amazing. Full featured; sqlite db, tagging, notes... Hey, knowledge at your fingertips

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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.

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    Most users think Qiqqa is a great alternative to Mendeley.

    Has the feature to tag regions of a pdf with a keyword or add a note with a tag and later compile all occurrences of the tagged regions with a particular keyword across the whole library..

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    Differently from Qiqqa, Mendeley has no annotation report feature, meaning that it is not possible to gather all highlights/annotations on a paper into a single file. This is very useful for large pdf.

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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.

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    Most users think JabRef is a great alternative to Mendeley.

    JabRef only handles bibtex files.

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

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    MyBib

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox

    A new FREE citation generator. Automatically create bibliographies, references, and citations in APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and over 8000 more styles with a totally free and no-ads citation generator.

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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.

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    ZoteroBib

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Powered by the same technology behind Zotero, ZoteroBib lets you seamlessly add items from across the web — using Zotero’s unmatched metadata extraction abilities — and generate bibliographies in more than 9,000 citation styles.

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    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.

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    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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    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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