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    Open Source Zotero Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Zotero is Qiqqa. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Zotero and 18 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Zotero are JabRef (Free, Open Source), Paperwork (Free, Open Source), BibSonomy (Free, Open Source) and WizNote (Paid, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 21, 2022
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    • iPhone
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    • Microsoft Edge
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    • Google Drive - Docs
    • LibreOffice
    • Firefox
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    1. 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.
      Qiqqa vs Zotero opinions
      Most users think Qiqqa is a great alternative to Zotero.
      phytographer Qiqqa does not have: 1) Chrome connector for gathering citations 2) Google Docs integration 3) LibreOffice Integration
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      They both manage PDFs and allow you to do reference management and bilbiographies.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

      altenativeto The open source transparency and the WebDav sync make Zotero a better option for Users with a certain degree of Data control/ privacy needs.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    2. Bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format.
      JabRef vs Zotero opinions
      Almost everyone thinks JabRef is a great alternative to Zotero.
      Open source, clean, robust. Works best with BibTex/Latex environment.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    3. Paperwork is a personal document manager for scanned documents (and PDFs).
    4. BibSonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks and lists of literature (BibTex format).
    5. WizNote is a Note software, which is especially designed for Internet users and mobile Internet users. WizNote focuses more on notes of rapid collection, management, reading and sharing. WizNote is smaller, more stable, and more suitable for computers, phones and mobile devices.

      • 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.
    6. 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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      KBibTeX is a reference management software primarily for BibTeX which is typically used in conjunction with TeX/LaTeX.
      KBibTeX vs Zotero opinions
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      superluminar Only an alternative if you use BibTeX/TeX/LaTeX.
      Comment 3 months ago

      • 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.
      • 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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