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Best Free Bibliographic Database Software (Stub only)


What freeware alternatives are there to the expensive paid bibliographic software (Reference Manager, Endnote etc) now virtually monopolized by Thompsons? 

Note: This bibliographic freeware list is just a stub. Please help us improve it by making suggestions or leaving feedback in the comments. Or why not write a review for this section by joining our site as a volunteer category editor?

List of selected bibliographic /reference database management freeware
(NB - platform independent, except where specified)

 Standalone  programs:

- Aigaion allows you to categorize publications in your own, user-created topic tree  (Open Source GPL) 

- Bibus is designed for OpenOffice (Open Source GPL) 

- JabRef provides a user interface for editing reference lists filed in BibTex format only (Open Source GPL) 

- Jumper 2.0 is an Enterprise Bookmarking engine designed for organizations - it provides "a web-infrastructure platform for tagging and linking data objects"  (Open Source GPL)

- Mendeley "desktop and web solution designed for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online" -  supports OpenOffice (freeware, proprietary beta)

- Refbase is a web-based, multi-user interface for managing scientific literature & citations in various formats (Open Source GPL)

- RefDB is a reference database tool (for SGML, XML, and LaTeX/BibTeX documents) which allows network sharing  (Open Source GPL)


Web apps

 - Connotea from Nature Publishing Group is intended for scientists and allows tagging (Open Source GPL) 

- I, Librarian is a PHP program for creating annotated (SQLite) collections of PDFs  (Open Source GPL; Windows, Linux only)

- JabRef (see above) can also be used as a web app.

- Mendeley (see above) appears to be primarily envisaged as a web app.

- WIKINDX is a single/multi-user bibliographic and quotations/notes management and article authoring system (Open Source GPL).

- RefDB (see above) also allows read-only access via a web browser.

- Zotero is a Firefox extension designed to gather research info from the internet. Also offers some reference management functions  (Open Source GPL).


Two useful sources of information are:

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by A09j (not verified) on 17. February 2012 - 19:59  (88987)

Why not include the this one

by Anonymous on 7. August 2009 - 21:26  (26598)

I use Zotero but have a lot of trouble customizing the output (APA, vs. other less used formats) and it runs slowly through firefox.

by Bob on 22. May 2009 - 19:39  (22162)

Please tell us your bibliographic reference manager freeware experiences :)