Reference Manager Mobile

Yesterday I have navigate thru some of the most popular reference managers available for researchers. Some of them are private license other open source and even something on the middle. Their functionality, user friendly interface and operationally vary as much as your own topic of research. Nevertheless, versions reviewed were more laptop base than mobile.

As a social sciences PhD 3.0 I need ultra mobility, this means working on the road and get everything in one place with the less work from me as possible. Cloud base software is the last trend and the last tool we have in order to have our files and work available on a few clics. This really helps! But… is it enough on the era of the hyper-connectivity?

We learnt to work with social networks and even I would risk to say that we don’t know how to work without them anymore. This has an impact on our production, and as well on the tools we may use. As on the previous post, some reference managers have this social option, in fact all of them by now. EndNote with the Web of Science and its researchers space, where we can share documents and create kind of communities; Mandeley with its groups; Zotero in communities… But…is there anything more portable, and social, than a cellphone?

I work a lot with my iPhone. It’s like an academic prosthetic extension of me (such a big statement, wow!). Fieldwork, video & foto capture, audio, interviews, writing, communicating… bufff I use it for a lot of things, and obviously on the road. So, if I am working on something on my iPhone I wont it on my Mac as soon as possible to continue with my work from where I left it. Integration of platforms and synch.

Here is where apps come to play. There are quite a few available on the Apple Store, and I was not sure about how to compare. But reading their descriptions and some of the comments / rates help to have an overview of their productivity. I’ve got frustrated as I couldn’t find any native Zotero app, even that we can use a third party to manage our references from our mobile devices. Mendeley was available for all of idevices, instead of EndNote, just available for iPad… (deception!) I include my reference on the road catcher: RefME. I strongly believe that it is a good to catch some references while visiting libraries, bookstores etc. In addition let you save your notes and references very easily!

Let’s check a summary of the Apple Store here:


Mendeley (PDF Reader)



Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF reader designed for researchers, students, and knowledge-workers.


Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, read and annotate your PDFs, and collaborate with others in private groups. Sync your library across all your devices including Mendeley Desktop, where you can easily cite your research as you write in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.• Read, highlight & annotate PDFs from anywhere• Sync annotations & documents across all your devices• Save PDFs to your Mendeley library from other apps or your web browser• Use Mendeley offline during your commute, and sync when you have connection• Search your library for keywords in the Title, Authors, Publication or Abstract• Edit document details (Title, Authors, Publication details, etc…)• Download or remove PDFs on demand, to easily manage device storage space• All features are available on your Tablet or Phone”What [Mendeley] are up to is boldly innovative. The Mendeley team is attempting nothing less than changing the way scientists conduct and share their research.” – Wired

24 ratings
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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RefME – Referencing Made Easy



RefME is the world’s #1 tool for accurately automating citations, reference lists and bibliographies, on mobile and web (

– Generate references by scanning book or journal barcodes using your phone’s camera.

– No barcode? Search by Book/Article Title, ISBN, ISSN, DOI or URL.

– Referencing a website? Simply paste in the URL or use, which syncs with the app and is perfect for websites.

– 7,000+ supported referencing styles including Harvard, APA, MLA and OSCOLA, as well nearly all university-specific styles.

– Add notes to your references, both in the app and at

– Collaborate with others by inviting team members to access and edit any project.

– Export via Email or Evernote using the app.

– Cite webpages directly from Safari, using the App Extension.

– Send your work straight to MS Word, EndNote and more from


Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


Papers 3 – Academic Reference Manager



Papers is your personal library of research on the go. Find, read, organize, share and sync your research papers – anytime, anywhere!

• Revolutionize how you collect, organize, and read documents.
• Search simultaneously from 20+ repositories, including PubMed, Scholar and ArXiv.
• When you import papers into your library, Papers lets you organize them in collections and read, annotate and freehand draw them in glorious full screen.
• Import Word, PowerPoint, and other document files to your library and organize them just as easy as your PDFs.
• Automatically find and download the PDF for references you import from search engines, when the full-text is available!
• Papers now also optionally lets you store and synchronize your library on Dropbox to your Mac, PC and iOS devices.
• Create shared collections and add content to your Reading list, also accessible via your web browser.


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 Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

icon175x175EndNote for iPad



Collect, collaborate, create from anywhere with Thomson Reuters EndNote TM – the world’s most popular research management tool. With flexible tools for searching, organizing, sharing research, and creating bibliographies, the EndNote for iPad app extends your ability to stay on top of cutting edge research and connect with your EndNote library on the go.

EndNote enables you to easily view, edit, organize, and share research material on the iPad. By syncing your research library across iPad, online, and desktop, you increase the power of EndNote by gaining seamless access to your reference library from multiple devices and platforms.

EndNote for iPad includes:
– Sign up for a free, EndNote online account or sign in to an existing account
– Synchronize your library references, attachments, and PDF annotations to your online account and X7 desktop
– Built in web browser to search Thomson Reuters Web of Science TM, PubMed, Google Scholar, your library catalog, or any other database you choose
– Built in PDF viewer with wide range of annotation features. Annotations made can be synced and edited online and on the X7 desktop
– Importing capabilities for .ris, .nbib, and other popular reference file formats
– Email and copy options for sharing references and file attachments with collaborators
– EndNote “temporary citation” format support
– Attach files from Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive to your references (accounts available separately)
– Viewing and editing options for references and file attachments
– Sorting, searching, and grouping options for references and file attachments
– Getting Started Guide documentation

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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Apple Store was checked on January 10th. Portuguese Store.

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