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Mendeley Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Mendeley 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 50 alternatives to Mendeley and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Mendeley are Polar, JabRef, ReadCube Papers and Paperpile.

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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  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
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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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    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. Polar is a powerful desktop app for managing all your web content, books, and notes. Polar keeps all your content in one place, supports tagging, annotation, highlighting and keeps track of your reading progress.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationPolar support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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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.
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    Most users think JabRef is a great alternative to Mendeley.

    JabRef only handles bibtex files.

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  4. ReadCube Papers icon

    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
    ⚫︎ 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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    I like that this is web-based and can use it on any laptop, just by signing into my account.

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    EndNote

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    A reference management software, used for searching online publication databases, & managing publications / bibliographies, with the ability to insert the references into a word processor.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationEndNote support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in EndNote simultaneously.
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    Some users think EndNote is a great alternative to Mendeley, some don't.
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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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    scrible

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome

    scrible lets you highlight and annotate web pages and easily save, share and collaborate on your web research with others.

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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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