Comparing reference management software

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Software name Usage fees Windows Mac Linux Word PubMed Notes
RefWorks UEF has purchased a license for staff and students YES YES YES YES YES Web-based, browser-accessed, centrally hosted program
EndNote US$299.95 YES YES NO YES YES Some UEF disciplines have acquired this for individual researchers
EndNote basic Free of charge       YES YES Web-based, (formerly EndNote Web)
Mendeley Free of charge / Online storage free up to 2 GB / Additional storage space available YES YES YES YES YES Account required, Desktop & Web components, Windows, Linux, OS X, iPhone & iPad, Android, University of Helsinki distributing a subscribed version
Zotero Free of charge / Online storage free up to 300 MB / Additional storage space available YES YES YES YES YES Firefox extension or stand-alone with connectors for Chrome and Safari. Web-based access to reference library also available.
Aigaion Free of charge YES YES YES NO NO Web-based (Apache, PHP, MySQL)
Bebop Free of charge YES YES YES NO NO Web-based BibTeX front-end (Apache, PHP, MySQL)
BibBase Free of charge       NO NO Centrally hosted website, intended for publication pages
BibDesk Free of charge NO YES NO NO YES BibTeX front-end + repository, favoured by mathematical disciplines
BibSonomy Free of charge       NO YES Centrally hosted website
Bibus Free of charge YES Experimental YES YES YES  
CiteULike Free of charge       NO YES Centrally hosted website
colwiz Free of charge / Online storage free up to 3 GB / Additional storage space available YES YES YES YES YES Desktop (Win, Mac, Linux) & Web components, iOS and Android
Docear Free of charge YES YES YES YES NO Java BibTeX manager that integrates Mind mapping software
F1000Workspace Price varies by the size of the organisation / Personal subscription $9.99/ month / Free of charge trial version YES YES NO YES YES Web-based, Microsoft Word plug-in (Win, Mac), Google Docs add-on, browser extension(s) Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer 11
JabRef Free of charge YES YES YES YES YES Java BibTeX and BibLaTeX manager
KBibTeX Free of charge Experimental Experimental YES NO YES BibTeX front-end, using the KDE Software Compilation
PaperPile US$2.99/month for UEF members, 9.99/month for others YES YES YES NO YES Web-application, integrates with Google Docs, collaboration & sharing features, currently only on Google Chrome
Pybliographer Free of charge Partial Partial YES NO YES Python/GTK2
Qiqqa Free of charge, (Freemium and Premium versions) YES NO NO YES YES Desktop; Tablet; Web; Intranet
ReadCube Free of charge desktop & mobile application / Cloud storage space $5/month, $55/year YES YES NO YES YES Desktop (Mac/PC) & Web components, personalized recommendations, private group sharing, integrated web search, enhanced PDF reader, iOS App, Android
refbase Free of charge YES YES YES NO YES Web-based for institutional repositories/self-archiving
RefDB Free of charge YES YES YES NO YES Network-transparent; XML/SGML bibliographies
Referencer Free of charge NO NO YES ? YES BibTeX front-end
RefME Free of charge YES YES YES YES YES Web, iOS and Android; Chrome and Safari Extensions available
SciRef US$38.90 / Free of charge trial version YES NO NO YES NO  
Wikindx Free of charge YES YES YES NO YES Web-based
WizFolio US$25 / Free of charge Basic version YES YES YES YES YES Centrally hosted website
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