Reference manager for Mac- a quick review
I have checked all that apply to Mac.
Bookends is a **powerful reference manager** but it doesn’t play well with the browser (no extension). It does have a bookmarklet but I am not too happy about it. This is the only drawback. However, the developer offers excellent support on forums and through email.
Zotero is fine (open source) with a good community support; there’s no direct way to support Dropbox (*I think there’s a workaround through ZotFile)*. This apart, it has an excellent browser extension that links papers/attachments etc through the browser and then to the app.
ReadCube and Mendeley are ***not workable solutions for me.*** They might be helpful for those who use it.
**Paperpile i**s an interesting addition to this list. It works in the browser and *integrates with Google Drive/Docs*. I have seen the user videos (on their website). However, it remains stuck on Google. I find Dropbox a much elegant solution for Mac than Drive. I haven’t used Google Docs; so I’ll reserve my comments. I am not sure if Paperpile wants to support other cloud solutions (I am not holding my breath).
Hence, out of all these, **I find Bookends to be the best option**. It has wide integration with Scrivener, LibreOffice, Mellel and host of other software (including Ulysses). The inbuilt browser is a laggard and I’d recommend it instantly if there’s a proper browser extension instead.
My current workflow: *Identify sources through Zotero. Export them to Bookends. Write in Scrivener and scan the paper to generate bibliography through Pages/Word/LibreOffice.*
There’s a new reference manager/citation manager and I am unable to recall its name. I lost the bookmark.
*Please do list your academic workflow if you have anything better! I am willing to learn.*