Zotero Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Zotero for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Mendeley, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Zotero and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Zotero are Polar (Freemium), JabRef (Free, Open Source), TheBrain (Freemium) and DEVONthink (Paid).

    This page was last updated Aug 4, 2021

    1. 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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      Mendeley vs Zotero opinions
      Most users think Mendeley is a great alternative to Zotero.
      JohnFastman 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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    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.
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      Most users think Polar is a great alternative to Zotero.

    3. The efficient way to collect, organize & discover Collect Import options for over 15 reference formats Easily retrieve and link full-text articles Fetch complete bibliographic information based on ISBN, DOI, PubMed-ID and arXiv-ID Import new...
      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 11 months ago

    4. TheBrain helps you organize all your Web pages, contacts, documents, emails and files in a context-driven visual map. Items are linked in a visual network that is designed to mimic the way you think.
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      TheBrain vs Zotero opinions
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      TheBrain is a non-linear visual mapping tool. It is not first and foremost a reference manager. I own it, and use it, and it's never struck me as a good alternative to Zotero.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      InfinitlyZero Simply not a viable alternative.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

    5. 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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    6. 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.
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      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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    7. A reference management software, used for searching online publication databases, & managing publications / bibliographies, with the ability to insert the references into a word processor.
      EndNote vs Zotero opinions
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      JohnFastman 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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      this is the program that the journals ask to make references using it
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    8. 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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    9. 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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