by Morten Alver

An open-source bibliography reference manager that uses BibTex

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Morten Alver

Release: JabRef 4.3.1

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Last revision: Last week

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JabRef for Windows is an open-source bibliography reference manager that uses BibTex and LaTex document preparation system as its standard file/bibliography format. JabRef for Windows works with Windows on a PC or a computer that has Windows installed on it.

The bibliographies composed by both LaTeX and BibTeX come from a BibTeX file, which can be revised to accommodate any reference/bibliography list requirements through various BibTeX and Bib-LaTeX types of files. The user can explore external databases and then grab BibTex entries from that location. Examples of such open-source citations and reference managers include Springer, CiteSeerX, Medline, arXiv, Google Scholar, GVK, and IEEEXplore. And the import ability includes a variety of formats like JSTOR, CSA, INSPEC, Refer/Endnotes, and more. Also, for convenience, Vivaldi, Edge, Firefox, and Edge make importing new bibliography info directly from the browser really easy. This means that the user can tell JabRef to search for a complete reference, download it and connect it right to a BibTex entry. JapRef also allows the user to categorize their references and perform searches for keywords and the links in the provided fields.

JapRef is customizable in a few ways. Documents can be modified to show a specific author's name, year of publication, and title of the work. The user can also adjust the fonts used within the program, increase or decrease displayed fields, and can create their own customized fields for viewing.

JabRex is available not only in English but sixteen other languages, including Chinese, French, and Italian.

You don't need to be a computer savant to use JabRef as it really carriers users through to the next step. First, the installation process is speedy and easy to do. Then, the user enters a bibliography reference by copying and pasting references from BibTex directly to the JabRef library. Then, the user adds *.bib file with different LateX files. JabRef is an open-source system that works for most people.

Testers of JabRef have little complained about, but one thing of note is it doesn't have a really comprehensive method to work with Microsoft Word.

Customizable, easy to use, and available in multiple languages


  • Simple installation and set-up
  • Works on PCs
  • Customizable
  • Intuitive
  • Works well with multiple file types.
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