reference manager

New and emerging technologies for reference software

Martin Fenner
December 23, 2010 1 min read

Jason Rollins gave a presentation with that topic at the recent STM Innovations Seminar ( in London. The video of his presentation has now been made available ( by River Valley TV, and his slides are here (

Jason talks about some recent trends in reference management software. For him one important new trend is APIs/extensions. I fully agree with him, but we haven’t really seen many tools based on these APIs. Reference managers that provide APIs include Mendeley (, Endnote (, Refworks, Papers (, Zotero ( and Connotea ( The availability of an API has done a lot for the success of Web 2.0 tools such as Twitter and Flickr.

Another interesting topic was brought up in the discussion: should reference managers track difference versions of an article (e.g. pre-print, post-print, publisher PDF)? According to Jason many Endnote users request this feature. Jason is leading the Endnote ( development team, but also mentions Mendeley, CiteULike and Papers in his presentation. I interviewed ( Jason about Endnote back in August.

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