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Altmetrics & Academic Social Media: Citation Management Tools

Citation Management Comparison Chart

Mendeley/Refworks/Zotero Features Comparison

See Wikipedia's Comparison of Reference Management Software for an exhaustive list of software.

 


Mendeley


RefWorks

Zotero

Strengths

Social Networking;PDF Annotation

Free; RSS feed reader;Direct database exports

Open source; Firefox extension; user forum

Sign in/Link with Facebook?

 Yes   

No

 No

Cost

Basic service free; more features & storage for a fee

Free for Texas State University students, staff, faculty.

Basic service free; more features & storage for a fee

Formats/Access Points

 web, desktop, mobile apps

 web, mobile site

 web, desktop, mobile apps, Firefox extension

Mobile

iPhone app, unofficial Android app

RefMobile website for mobile devices

 iPhone and Android apps

MS Word Integration

 Yes         

 Yes

 Yes

PDF Annotation

Yes

No

Not Quite.

Full Text PDF search

Yes

No

Yes

Bookmarklets/Importing from Databases

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tagging

Yes    No Yes

Social Networking

Yes   

 No

Yes

Groups & Collaboration

Free accounts allowed 1 private group and public groups RefShare
allows users to share citations with others
Free accounts allowed private groups and public groups   

Store PDFs in Personal “Library”

Yes

Yes (Limited)

Yes

Storage

1 GB free web space

Unlimited

100 MB free web space

RSS Feeds

No

Yes; Feed Reader & RefShare Feed capabilities

Yes

Open source or Proprietary?

Proprietary; Elsevier Proprietary; ProQuest

   Open Source