A quick overview of the available reference managers2010


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A quick overview of the available reference managers2010

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