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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:04 pm
by Jerry3904
I started a new writing project a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to get away from JabRef that I had been using b/c it is very detailed, the GUI is cramped and awkward, and I find its use for my work to be somewhat limited from a practical POV.

I looked around, and ended up choosing Referencer:
Referencer is a GNOME application to organise documents or references, and ultimately generate a BibTeX bibliography file. Referencer includes a number of features to make this process easier:
* Automatic metadata retrieval from PubMed, CrossRef and ArXiv
* Smart web links
* Import from BibTeX, Reference Manager and EndNote
* Tagging
It is also very easy to use, and the GUI is not only clear to read but also has a window for note taking, which is eminently practical. I like how I can input author and date from a downloaded document (usually a PDF), and then just click "Google Scholar" in the context menu, click on "cite" on the Scholar reference > BibTeX, copy the contents of the page that comes up, and then click a button to paste in the information into Referencer.

If you are looking at reference managers, this is a good one to consider.

Re: Referencer

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:15 pm
by tascoast
Being able to import my Endnote library to a decent substitute in Linux would be great. I'll report back.

Re: Referencer

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:09 pm
by Jerry3904
It is set up to import EndNote lilbraries, apparently (see pic), don't know how well it works. You could export as BibTeX if it doesn't and try importing in that format.

Re: Referencer

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:43 pm
by eemaestro
This is the first I have ever heard of a "reference manager" application.

Re: Referencer

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:24 am
by Jerry3904
If you have never published any document with citations and bibliography, there is no reason why you should. But for those who do, it is a critical question. There is fortunately a lot of software out there: ... t_software

The choice depends on user prefs and, of course, compatibility with OS.