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Paperpile Alternatives

Paperpile is described as 'Organize your research papers in a Gmail-like web app, sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your references in Google Docs' and is a research manager in the education & reference category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Paperpile for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Online / Web-based, Linux and iPhone. The best alternative is Zotero, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Paperpile are Qiqqa, Mendeley, DEVONthink and JabRef.

Paperpile alternatives are mainly Research Managers but may also be Note-taking Tools or Document Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Paperpile.
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Organize your research papers in a Gmail-like web app, sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your references in Google...

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  1. Zotero icon

    Zotero

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • LibreOffice
    • Firefox
    64 alternatives to Zotero 

    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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    1.  Support for MarkDownZotero supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Privacy focusedZotero is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Ad-freeZotero doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZotero can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  PDF annotationZotero support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    7.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Zotero simultaneously.
    8.  File TaggingZotero can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
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    Most users think Zotero is a great alternative to Paperpile.
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    Qiqqa

    • Windows
    53 alternatives to Qiqqa 

    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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    1.  PDF annotationQiqqa support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Full-Text SearchQiqqa lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    3.  File TaggingQiqqa can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    4.  Support for LaTeXQiqqa supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    5.  PortableQiqqa can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    6.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Qiqqa simultaneously.
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    Mendeley

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    67 alternatives to Mendeley 

    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...

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Mendeley simultaneously.
    2.  PDF annotationMendeley support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    Generate Bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice
    Annotate PDFs
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    DEVONthink

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    159 alternatives to DEVONthink 

    DEVONthink is a solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files.

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    1.  File TaggingDEVONthink can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    2.  Dark ModeDEVONthink supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Support for scriptingDEVONthink supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    4.  PDF annotationDEVONthink support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    5.  Ad-freeDEVONthink doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    6.  OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
    7.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    8.  Full-Text SearchDEVONthink lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    9.  Support for MarkDownDEVONthink supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    JabRef

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Microsoft Edge
    40 alternatives to JabRef 

    Bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format.

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    1.  Full-Text SearchJabRef lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    2.  Support for LaTeXJabRef supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    3.  AutocompletionJabRef can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
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    BibSonomy

    • Online
    67 alternatives to BibSonomy 

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

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in BibSonomy simultaneously.
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    ReadCube Papers

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Safari
    40 alternatives to ReadCube Papers 

    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.

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    1.  PDF annotationReadCube Papers support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  Built-in viewerReadCube Papers shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    4.  Text to SpeechReadCube Papers allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    Citavi

    32 alternatives to Citavi 

    A handy, intuitive reference-managing tool. Citavi researches in over 4800 databases and catalogs, organizes and structures your literature, references, quotes and idea collections and assists you with your documentation or publication.

    Simple Navigation on the left, the editing pane in the middle, preview on the right (for PDF and text documents, images, Web pages, etc.).   All You Need You can add ratings, quotations, comments, thoughts, tasks, locations, and links to other references and files. Citavi is your complete toolbox for academic writing.
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    EndNote

    • Mac
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    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    41 alternatives to EndNote 

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

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    1.  PDF annotationEndNote support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in EndNote simultaneously.
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    KBibTeX

    25 alternatives to KBibTeX 

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

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    1.  Support for LaTeXKBibTeX supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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