Bibliography Software Discussion

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The FFM
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Bibliography Software Discussion

The market for bibliography software is expanding and there are some seriously viable alternatives to the old staples of Reference Manager (http://www.refman.com/) and Endnote (http://www.endnote.com/) which are actually now both owned by Thomson Reuters.

So what are you using nowadays and why?  What features do you love.  Which features do you hate?

I've been an Endnote guy for years, but I'm about to check out Zotero (http://www.zotero.org/) and Mendeley (http://www.mendeley.com/)

I found this link that does some comparison

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software
and here is the summary from that page
General Comparisons

In the "notes" section, there is a difference between:

  • web-based, referring to applications that may be installed on a web server (usually requiring MySQL or another database and PHP, perl, Python, or some other language for webapps)
  • centrally-hosted website

Software
Developer
Cost (USD)
Open source
License
Notes

2collab
Elsevier
Free
No
proprietary
centrally-hosted website, no longer accepting new accounts

Aigaion
Aigaion developers
Free
Yes
GPL
web-based

Bebop
ALaRI Institute
Free
Yes
BSD
web-based BibTeX front-end

BibDesk
BibDesk developers
Free
Yes
BSD
BibTeX front-end + repository

Biblioscape
CG Information
US$79-299[1]
No
proprietary
ODBC; web access in Pro ed; optional client/server

BibSonomy
University of Kassel
Free
No
proprietary
centrally-hosted website

Bibus
Bibus developers
Free
Yes
GPL
 

Bookends
Sonny Software
US$99[1]
No
proprietary
integrated web search, pdf download, auto-completion

CiteULike
Oversity Limited
Free
No
proprietary[2]
centrally-hosted website

Connotea
Nature Publishing Group
Free
Yes
GPL
centrally-hosted website, web-based

EndNote
Thomson Reuters
US$299.95[1]
No
proprietary
Includes EndNote Web account

JabRef
JabRef developers
Free
Yes
GPL
Java BibTeX manager

Jumper 2.0
Jumper Networks
Free
Yes
GPL
web-based

KBibTeX
KBibTeX developers
Free
Yes
GPL
BibTeX font-end, using the KDE Software Compilation

Mendeley
Mendeley
US$4.99-9.99 per month[1] / Free "Earth" account
No
proprietary(OS API clients exist)
Desktop & Web components, iPhone and iPad

Papers
Mekentosj
US$42[1]
No
proprietary
search repositories from interface; supports plug-ins, Universal iOS app

Pybliographer
pybliographer developers
Free
Yes
GPL
Python/GTK2

Qiqqa
Qiqqa
Free
No
proprietary
Desktop; centrally hosted website

refbase
refbase developers
Free
Yes
GPL
web-based for institutional repositories/self-archiving[3]

RefDB
refdb developers
Free
Yes
GPL
network-transparent; XML/SGML bibliographies

Reference Manager
Thomson Reuters
US$239.95[1]
No
proprietary
network version available; built-in web publishing tool

Referencer
Referencer developers
Free
Yes
GPL
BibTeX front-end

RefWorks
RefWorks
US$100 per year
No
proprietary
centrally-hosted website

Scholar's Aid
Scholar's Aid, Inc.
US$149[1] / Free Lite version
No
proprietary
 

Sente
Third Street Software, Inc.
US$129.95[1]
No
proprietary
 

Wikindx
Mark Grimshaw
Free
Yes
GPL
web-based

WizFolio
WizPatent
US$25 / Free Basic version
No
proprietary
centrally-hosted website

Zotero
Center for History and New Media at GMU
Free
Yes
GPL
Firefox extension; stand-alone and other browsers in alpha

Are there any others I should try?  Please include your reasons.  I'll get back you in a while with by experiences after I've had a good play!