Reference Management Systems

Reference management systems are used for storing, organizing and sharing reference collections. A particular advantage is the simple formatting of citations and bibliographies in scientific papers.

Please find below information about some important reference management systems.

EndNote is a widespread and powerful system for Windows and Macintosh with a good Microsoft Word integration.
ReadCube Papers App is the upcoming programme of Papers 3. Papers 3 will not be updated, but could be used further on.
Mendeley combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application and Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.
Zotero is an open source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and documents.
Citavi is a feature-rich reference management program for Microsoft Windows often used in the humanities.
JabRef is a reference management software that uses BibTeX as its native format.
RefWorks is a powerful web-based system which allows reference sharing with non-subscribers.

Where are my data saved using cloud syncing?

Location of the Server
EndNote Amazon Web Services in Europe,

may be replicated in more than one European regions for redundancy


Europe (Ireland) - Amazon S3 Sharing und Hosting Service,

additionally in the Netherlands -  DANS (Dutch Archiving and Networking Services)

Papers 3 for Mac US - Dropbox syncing
ReadCube Papers App US - Amazon Web Services
Zotero US - Amazon Web Service (AWS) us-east-1 region in Virginia
Citavi Germany

Technical details


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web based

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