Choosing Citation-Reference Manager Software

If you want to automatize the writing of your citation and reference, you will need a tool or software called reference manager software/tool. It is simply a software/tool that enables your citation and reference to be automatically processed in Microsoft Word. It automates the insertion of reference quoted within the manuscript.

Why You Need Citation and Reference Manager Tool?

If you write 1 to 3 pages with less than 10 academic resources in your academic writing, it is probably okay if you manually write the citation and the reference. But, what if it comes to thesis or even dissertation that requires you to provide tons of references? You, of course, need a citation and reference manager tool/software to ease your work in dealing with citation and reference.

The Most Reliable Citation-Reference Manager Softwares/Tools on the Market

There are several citation and manager software available on the internet. Most of them are open-source (free). But, which one is reliable? Well, in the discussion of the reliability, we should deal with the features, the pros, and the cons. First of all, let's check the available citation-reference manager softwares/tools available on the market.

The following citation-manager softwares/tools are all (1) available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and iOS-based devices; (2) capable of providing your reference available anywhere 24/7 - after online synchronisation; (3) capable of enabling remote collaboration which can be useful in case you are required to work in collaboration with fellow researchers in distance; and (4) capable of handling all citation styles such as APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association), Chicago, IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronis Engineers), and any major citation and referencing styles. Technically, these features can be helpful in dealing with any technical academic writing requirement. The question arises now is what to opt?

#1 Zotero

Zotero, available for free at, identifies itself as "personal research assistant". It is capable of identifying (1) journal articles based on digital object identifier (DOI); and (2) book or electronic book (ebook) based on ISBN/eISBN and digital object identifier (DOI). To get your resources listed on the database, simply copy the digital object identifier (DOI) of journal articles or book/ebook to Zotero, hit enter, done. For book/ebook which has no DOI, simply copy the ISBN/eISBN, paste to Zotero, hit enter, and done.

#2 Mendeley (by Elsevier)

Mendeley is capable of identifying journal articles based on digital object identifier (DOI). However, it is still uncapable of handling ISBN/eISBN (as per April 2022). When you want to list book or electronic book (ebook), you have to insert the metadata - including the title, the year of publication, author(s), editor(s), city, and publisher - manually.

#3 Flowcite

Flowcite claims itself as one of the largest and wide-ranging academic databases with access to over 250 million Open Access reputable journal articles. If offers real-time collaboration with 3 to 10 fellow researchers on PDF viewer. It works with Scholarcy that offers online summarizing tool to prevent plagiarism issue.

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