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?

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Rated Products

The following is a list of selected bibliographic or reference database management freeware products to be reviewed. They are 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).

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