by Matthew Conner — February 26, 2020
by Matthew Conner — February 26, 2020

Citation Manager Comparison

by Matthew Conner – February 26, 2020

The four products discussed–EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, and F1000–are very similar, and each can support extensive research. The products fall on a spectrum with EndNote being somewhat more complicated but powerful and Zotero being simpler but more limited with Mendeley falling in the middle.  For the downloadable desktop versions, EndNote is the only one that requires a fee.  The campus deal for a discount has expired, and an individual license costs $249.95.  Negotiations are underway for another campus license.  (For information about how to purchase individual licenses contact librarian Matt Conner.)  The other three products are free, but Zotero and Mendeley charge annual fees for optional increases in storage and groups.  Among these options, F1000 stands out for several reasons.  By virtue of the library subscription to the F1000 Prime science database, all UC Davis campus members are eligible for a free account.  F1000 is entirely cloud-based and has all the essential features of the other products, and it is the only one besides EndNote which has dedicated technical support.

 

Matthew Conner

Research Support Services
Student Services Librarian

mconner@ucdavis.edu

530-754-7348

FeaturesEndNote EndNote Online
(Web of Science version). See note above.
MendeleyZotero F1000
Migration from EndNote DesktopNot applicableSyncExport .xml file
http://guides.lib.uw.edu/c.php?g=99194&p=642698
Export .xml file
https://www.zotero.org/support/kb/importing_records_from_endnote
Export .xml file and import in via RIB, BIB & SML files format
Cost$250 individual one-time purchaseFreeFree to download (charges for additional online storage and functions)Free to download (charges for additional online storage)Free, as part of licensed F1000Prime resource
PlatformWindows, MacWeb-basedWindows, Mac, LinuxWindows, Mac, LinuxWeb-based
Web version availableYes - EndNote OnlineNot applicableYesYesNot applicable
Adding referencesMultiple methods, automatic and manualMultiple methods, automatic and manualMultiple methods, automatic and manualMultiple methods, automatic and manualSome automatic
https://www.f1000workspace.com/work/faq/importing-references/
Full-text storageAutomatic import (not 100%). Can drag or attach files to record.Can attach files to record.Can drag or attach files to record.Can drag or attach files to record.Yes
PDF annotationYesNoYesYesYes
CapacityNo limit50,000 references, 2GB storage for all attachmentsNo limit on desktop. 2GB free cloud storage. No limit on desktop. 300mb free cloud storage for attachments.No limit
Organizing FeaturesSorting, searching, tagging, groupsSorting, searching, tagging, groupsSorting, searching, tagging, groupsSorting, searching, tagging, groupsProjects (Private or shared)
Subprojects
Unsorted references
Citing referencesInterface with MS Word OpenOffice & LibreOffice. 6000 output styles.Interface with MS Word. 6000 output stylesInterface with MS Word & LibreOffice. 7000 output stylesInterface with MS Word, LibreOffice & Google Docs. 9000 output stylesInterface with MS Word & Google Docs. 7000 output styles
Sync between desktop and webYesYes, if desktop version purchasedYesYesNot applicable
(“lightweight desktop app only for importing PDFs”)
Tech supportYesYesEmail support, online forumOnline forumEmail support
Additional Informationhttps://www.library.ucdavis.edu/service/managing-citations/

http://clarivate.libguides.com/endnote_training/home
https://www.library.ucdavis.edu/service/managing-citations/

http://clarivate.libguides.com/endnote_training/endnote_online
https://www.mendeley.com/guides

https://guides.library.uwa.edu.au/c.php?g=325415&p=2177923
https://www.zotero.org/support/https://www.f1000workspace.com/work/faq