Since more than one year we are offering Docear4Word, an add-in for Microsoft Word that helps you creating bibliographies. Unfortunately, the add-in is only available for the Windows version of Microsoft Word. We would love to offer a Mac Version, too, but don’t have the skills to do this. If you know how to develop add-ons for MS Word on Mac please contact us at The add-on should be an exact copy of  Docear4Word (Windows) and you could use Docear4Word’s source code as “inspiration”. You wouldn’t have to do this for free, we would be able to pay some money, and I am confident that our users would also donate a significant amount! Just let us know how long it would take you to  implement this add-on and how much you would want for it.

Joeran Beel

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Rhonda · 9th May 2019 at 05:32

Still no developer for the Mac version?

Fernando · 28th June 2017 at 12:06


Any progress on this matter? I wonder if a Mac version is coming soon. We will love to have this tool the Mac community.

Best regards,

Duy · 22nd March 2017 at 02:56

I would love to have this tool. In the midst of writing my dissertation. How much are you needing to push this forward or is it a lost cause at this point? Thank you, Joeran. You’re the real MVP.

Fernando · 8th September 2015 at 13:44

Since the last post (Sept 2014) is there any progress on this issue for Mac users?

I like a lot Docear, is not possible that Mac users are out of this world of Docear…

edge · 17th November 2014 at 05:41

Hi, is there any progress?

We want to donate the development of the mac word plugin, are there any candidate developers right now?

Thanks in advance.

Bogdan · 15th October 2014 at 19:05

Hi Joeran,

I did not look at the source code of docear4word, but if it is written in .Net it may be possible to run it in MacOS without major changes as bibword does it.
Look at this link:

If I had more time I could have tried to do it myself.


    Joeran [Docear] · 23rd October 2014 at 09:34

    thank you, i wasn’t aware f that tool. if we find someone who has some knowledge about software development for mac os, we will also point him to that website you mentioned.

can · 9th September 2014 at 10:17

hi joeran,

I’d like to learn if there is any progress on issue.

with my best.

Russ · 24th July 2014 at 22:56

Zotero does have a plugin for Word. It is similar to the EndNote plugin.

If you are looking for a Mac developer, I suggest sending a msg to MacInTouch ( This might help get the word out.

Brad · 20th July 2014 at 14:46

I understand you’re having trouble getting a Mac Word add-on developed. In the interim, do you have any suggestions for a workaround, other than getting a PC,or running a Windows emulator on the Mac? What am I actually missing by not having this add-on? Is there a Linux word processor that is supported that would run on the Mac? Or some way to manually import my Docear work into Word ? (I’m not all that familiar with Docear but there seems to be at least 2 issues: (1) the citations themselves which may be relatively minor and (2) the drafting of article text in Docear based on PDF annotations.) The first could be fixed by using another reference manager for the citations. Docear appears to be such a different way of working that I wonder if a workaround might be worth the effort until the add-on is developed. Any thoughts here? I hate to think that all Mac users are out in the cold. You have the program itself for Mac, so somebody must be using it in some fashion! Can you describe the Mac workflow right now without the add-on?

    Joeran [Docear] · 21st July 2014 at 10:38

    You could indeed use Docear with e.g. Zotero or Mendeley for the reference management. I believe they have add-ons for Word on Mac, though I am not sure. If somebody else has some better ideas, please let us know.

Felicien · 3rd June 2014 at 16:22


Any progress on the matter?
I just really appreciated working with the add-on on Windows and wonder if a Mac version is coming soon.

All the best

    Joeran [Docear] · 5th June 2014 at 08:52

    sadly, not a single developer has contacted us yet. I am not very optimistic that we will be able to offer a Mac add-on anytime soon.

Chicca · 26th March 2014 at 12:15

I’d like to download it, very useful.

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