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Paperpile: an open source reference manager for Mac and Linux

Martin Fenner
December 23, 2010 1 min read

Last week the first public beta (version 0.5) of Paperpile ( was released (available for Mac and Linux). Paperpile is a desktop reference manager with typical features: search in PubMed, Google Scholar or ArXiv, import PDF files, support for BibTex and other standard file formates, etc. Paperpile currently doesn’t sync with a web-based version, and Paperpile doesn’t insert citations into manuscripts.

What is interesting about Paperpile is that the source code is available at github ( (using the GNU Affero General Public License ( Other reference managers that make their source code available include Zotero (, JabRef ( and Connotea (

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