Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
A quick overview of the available reference managers2010
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

Saving this for later? Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime – even offline.
Text the download link to your phone
Standard text messaging rates apply

A quick overview of the available reference managers2010


Published on

Published in: Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

No notes for slide


  • 1. A quick overview of the available reference managers (zotero, mendeley, endnote) Jose Quesada 5-5-2010 NOTE: reference managers change all the time; this information may be obsolete by the time you read this.
  • 2.  
  • 3.
    • Everytime metadata is manually re-entered a grad student cries.
    • -Howison
  • 4. Advantages for you
    • Should be faster that doing things by hand
    • Reformatting a paper for a different journal
    • Never have to think 'where do I have last cited that paper... so I can copy-paste the reference’
    • Removing a paragraph will remove the references too
    • If you fix a typo on your db, it will fix the references on all papers that contain it
    • Good for sharing papers and citations in a research group
  • 5. Advantages long-term
    • Metadata that travels with the paper. Will make papers easy to find and utilize
    • Current tools are trying to do it ‘the hard way’:
      • Scholar, Citeseer: Parsing author, title, etc out of the papers that we academics have in our homepages, and making them searchable for the rest of the word
      • Mendeley: Parsing author, title, etc out the papers on your computer and make them searchable for you
  • 6. Equilibrium: shareability vs. functionality
    • Desktop reference managers
      • they live on the desktop and integrate well with writing tools
    • Social bookmarking systems (citeUlike, connotea)
      • they are webpages, like delicious for academics
  • 7.  
  • 8.  
  • 9. Is is technically possible?
    • Standards
      • Music:
        • ID3
      • Papers:
        • XMP
        • BibTeX
  • 10. annotations
    • When you highlight or add a note to a paper, it’s also metadata
    • This is not likely to be shared
  • 11. Soft peer review
  • 12. Soft peer review
  • 13. Google scholar
    • Go to preferences
  • 14.
    • Advantages
      • rapid release cycle
      • Metadata stays in the cloud
      • offers the best ‘facebook-like’ features
      • best social search
      • Innovative tools for measuring impact: ReaderRank
      • API
      • Annotations are included
    • Disadvantages
      • Automatic recognition often fails, and the manual fixing may be more trouble than it’s worth
      • Crashes quite often
      • May end up sharing more information than you are comfortable with
  • 15.  
  • 16.
    • Advantages
      • open source, free
      • best paper detection online (even amazon books)
      • Great integration with word AND LyX, openoffice
      • Metadata stays in the cloud
      • offers ‘facebook-like’ features, more to come
    • disadvantages
      • lives inside Firefox. UI is not as good as standalone apps
      • search is slow.
      • The more references you have, the slower it feels
      • Less templates than endNote
  • 17.  
  • 18.  
  • 19. Conclusions
    • Mendeley is the most ambitious and fast-moving. There are still glitches for day-to-day use
    • Zotero is the most effective for my workflow
    • EndNote is dead