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  • Mendeley icon


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

    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Linux Web iPhone ... iPad

    • 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 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    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

    • Discontinued The development may be slow: there are no news since 2015, but the program can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • They both manage PDFs and allow you to do reference management and bilbiographies. Guest • Dec 2015 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Docear icon


    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 OS X Windows Linux Web

    • Discontinued "Update 2017-08-24: Please note that for the foreseeable future we will not continue the development of Docear as we have not enough funding and time."
    • Though it helps managing documents and references around a project, it is not a tool centered on bibliography like Zotero. Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • JabRef icon


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

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

  • Papers icon


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

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Web iPhone iPad

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  • ReadCube icon


    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 OS X Windows Web Android iPhone ... iPad

  • EndNote icon


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

    Commercial Windows Web iPad

    • 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 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Citavi icon


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

    Freemium Windows

  • Paperpile icon


    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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  • colwiz icon


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

    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • EasyBib icon


    Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA. Easybib truly makes the life of...

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Chrome OS Google Drive - Docs

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  • Bookends icon


    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...

    Commercial Mac OS X iPhone iPad

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  • Peerlibrary icon


    PeerLibrary is an open source project developing a collaborative online community where scholars and researchers can discover, read, and discuss scholarly literature all...

    Free Open Source Web

  • RefWorks icon


    RefWorks - an online research management, writing and collaboration tool - is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of...

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Linux Web

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