10 responses to “Mendeley vs. Zotero comparison

  1. How about images in Zotero?

  2. Zotero has a rich text editor, which supports images, hyperlinks, headers, etc. There is no button for inserting images, but it still can be inserted by copy/paste.The HTML editor is included too, thus, theoretically it is possible to insert any web page content.

  3. I am one of the founders of Docear, which is a new software for organizing, creating, and discovering academic literature. Today, we released version 1.0 of Docear after a ~2 year beta phase. If you are interested in reference management, you might want to have a look at Docear. The three most distinct features of Docear are:

    1. A single-section user-interface that differs significantly from the interfaces you know from Zotero, JabRef, Mendeley, Endnote, … and that allows a more comprehensive organization of your electronic literature (PDFs) and the annotations you created (i.e highlighted text, comments, and bookmarks).

    2. A ‘literature suite concept’ that allows you to draft and write your own assignments, papers, theses, books, etc. based on the annotations you previously created.

    3. A research paper recommender system that allows you to discover new academic literature.

    And Docear is free and open source and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. More information can be found in our Blog, including a detailed explanation of what makes Docear superior to Mendeley, Zotero, etc. (at least in our opinion 🙂 ). If you don’t like reading, there is also a 6 minute introduction video on our homepage http://www.docear.org 😉

    In case you are using a BibTeX based reference manager such as JabRef (and you don’t want to switch to Docear), you might at least be interested in Docear4Word http://www.docear.org/software/add-ons/docear4word/overview/. Docear4Word allows you to insert references and bibliographies from BibTeX files to MS-Word documents. Hence, it makes writing papers much easier, since e.g. JabRef has no own MS Word add-on.

    Finally, I would like to point you to a recent Blog post I wrote about what makes an evil reference manager. Maybe the post helps you deciding which reference manager to use (even if it’s not Docear). http://www.docear.org/2013/10/14/what-makes-a-really-really-bad-reference-manager/

  4. I’ve been using Mendeley for several years now. IMO, BY FAR the biggest problem is tech support – they often take days to weeks to respond, sometimes they never respond, they offer ‘fixes’ or workarounds that don’t actually do anything, and the problems are never fixed – even in new releases. When it works, it’s just OK, but beware when you find a bug. I’ve had enough…. I’m swiching

    • I still use it, but not frequently. My approach to tech support is just “solve your own problems”, so I haven’t had any experience with their support. What I do know is that after really rapidly developing application and all of that hype, they have suddenly stopped, and now it seems that their main goal is to make money. The requests for really important features are in the queue for years now, and nobody intends to implement that. When they have started, there was the feeling that Mendeley company is interested in our (researchers) opinion. Now they don’t care. The only reason not to leave them is because the version they’ve created two years ago is still better than alternatives. Could you name any other application of that type that can do most important things in one click (or even without the click, like uploading PDF file from the predefined directory, finding the appropriate bibliographical information online, copying appropriately renamed file into the library)?

  5. we also did a detailed comparison of mendeley and zotero, maybe you are interested in it http://www.docear.org/2014/01/15/comprehensive-comparison-of-reference-managers-mendeley-vs-zotero-vs-docear/ (we didn’t focus so much on the note taking but on many other aspects)

    • Thank you for the link. You have done actually very good and comprehensive comparison. I would switch to Docear, but I have two major problems with that:
      1) Automatic pdf renaming is essential for me, because I search for papers not only in Mendeley but by a general windows search. This is what I hate about Zotero, it puts you file in some random directory with its hectic name.
      2) The difference between partial and full PDF metadata extraction is huge. If I need to enter most of the metadata by hand for thousands of articles, I’ll better save my time and go to some database search (and download the paper again when I need it).

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