I'm looking for a reliable reference manager and PDF organizer in order to make my research work more efficient and productive. In particular, I would like the software to help me to export references into the Bibtex format, suggest me new papers on a specific topic (or according to the papers) and automatically extract metadata from PDF files.

Until now, I have found the following softwares:

In your opinion, which one should be the best combination of simplicity and power?

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    This looks borderline for being on-topic to me. Managing BibTeX references is on topic, and we've been asked about that before (JabRef is the obvious cross-platform answer, but there are others). However, the above seems to be at least as much about more general research ideas (suggesting papers, etc.): a better fit on the Academia site?
    – Joseph Wright
    Jul 1, 2013 at 15:37
  • @JosephWright Borderline on-topic for me. It just asks for a BibTeX manager with advanced features. Mendeley, e.g., does suggest related papers based on keyword tags, I think. There are others that fill BibTeX fields with data extracted from PDFs, but I know no bibliography manager that does all of the above. Vote to reopen.
    – mafp
    Jul 1, 2013 at 16:44
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    For me it seems to be not answerable. What does "more efficient and productive" mean? I guess for everyone something else ...
    – Mensch
    Jul 1, 2013 at 17:59
  • How about moving it to Academia exchange? Mar 6, 2014 at 22:58
  • Jabref worked for me!
    – Hamid
    May 31, 2018 at 1:07


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