Alternatives to Zotero for all platforms with any license

  • Mendeley

    Mendeley helps manage and share academic knowledge: Mendeley Desktop is free academic software (Windows, Mac, Linux) for organizing and sharing research papers and...

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    • Mendeley differs from Zotero like this: 1) It is not open source, but it's still free (as in beer); 2) it has better features for annotating pdf files; 3) It emphasizes connections between academics working in similar areas, which helps in discovery of references. Zotero doesn't do that. However, Zotero is better at extracting meta data from pdf files and has the superior browser plugin. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 10 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Commercial Mac

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  • Qiqqa

    Qiqqa is free award-winning knowledge-, research- and reference management software. If you're serious about getting the most from managing your publications, PDFs...

    Freemium Windows Web Android Android Tablet

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    • They both manage PDFs and allow you to do reference management and bilbiographies. Guest • Dec 2015 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Docear

    Docear is a unique solution to academic literature management, which helps you organizing, creating, and discovering academic literature. The 3 most distinct features...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web

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    • Discontinued Development and support of Docear have been stopped in August 2017. Last version, 1.2, released in December 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website. http://www.docear.org/2017/02/05/docears-online-services-are-down-recommendation-user-registration-backup/
    • Though it helps managing documents and references around a project, it is not a tool centered on bibliography like Zotero. Guest • Feb 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • ReadCube

    ReadCube’s desktop and mobile iOS applications are available free for both Mac & PC and offers researchers the ability to discover and access literature faster...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... iPad

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  • EndNote

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

    Commercial Windows Web iPad

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    • Unfortunately, in terms of sheer functionality and completeness as a reference manager, EndNote is probably the best. Unfortunately, because it's very expensive, it's not open source and it doesn't work on Linux. But the level of customization over citation styles, and the integration with MS Word make it a default for many. In my estimation, 90%+ of researchers would find enough in Zotero not to have to pay for End Note. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Papers

    Papers helps you collect and curate the research material that you're passionate about.

    Commercial Mac Windows Web iPhone iPad

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  • Paperpile

    Organize your research papers in a Gmail-like web app, sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your references in Google Docs.

    Commercial Web Chrome Google Drive Google Drive - Docs Google Scholar

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  • Citavi

    Reference management and knowledge organization with integrated task planner. Solution for work groups with data sharing in intranet available.

    Freemium Windows

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  • Weava

    Weava is a collaborative workplace for research offering an easy way to highlight, organize and collaborate on your research articles.

    Freemium Web Chrome

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  • colwiz

    colwiz is free software for researchers, academics and students. The iPad, iPhone and iPod touch version sync your research articles, attachments and annotations with...

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