Update 2013-10-14: For a more serious analysis read What makes a bad reference manager?
Update 2013-11-11: For some statistical data read On the popularity of reference managers, and their rise and fall
Update 2014-01-15: For a detailed review, read Comprehensive Comparison of Reference Managers: Mendeley vs. Zotero vs. Docear
<irony>Have you ever wondered what the best reference management software is? Well, today I found the answer on RefWorks’ web site: The best reference manager is RefWorks! Look at the picture below. It might be a little bit confusing but we did the math: Refworks is best and beats EndNote, EndNote Web, Reference Manager, Zotero, and Mendeley in virtually all categories.
But hey, wait. There is another review of reference managers that I found on Mendeley’s website. This time Mendeley is the winner over EndNote, Zotero, Papers, and also over RefWorks. Look at the picture – it proves that Mendeley is best!
Oh, stop, wait! Qiqqa is best! Here, look at the chart that I found on their website and learn that Qiqqa has many many features which EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley don’t have.
Oh no, I am sorry, I was wrong again. It’s colwiz which is the best reference management software (guess, where I found the following chart). Colwiz is far more superior than Mendeley, Endnote, Zotero, and even than the social networks Researchgate and Academia. Look at all the features Colwiz offers, and the others don’t:
Oh no, another one. This time Flow from ProQuest is the clear winner… [added on 2014-07-29]
Unfortunately, Docear wasn’t included in any of the reviews. So, I did a comparison and guess what: Docear is the very best reference management tool! Look at the table. It shows that Docear offers so much more features than all the other tools.
I wonder if there is a single researcher out there who really believes in the charts that are available on the tools’ web pages. Do you? If yes, I think we will have to add the review table I made myself to our homepage :-). btw. did I miss some charts? Are there more reference managers out there that have feature comparison charts on their websites?