Stay on top of your Literature

The efficient way to collect, organize & discover

JabRef supports you in every step of your research

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  • Import options for over 15 reference formats
  • Easily retrieve and link full-text articles
  • Fetch complete bibliographic information based on ISBN, DOI, PubMed-ID and arXiv-ID
  • Import new references directly from the web browser with one click using the official browser extension
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  • Complete and improve bibliographic data by comparing with curated online catalogues such as Google Scholar, Springer or MathSciNet
  • Automatically rename and move associated files according to customizable rules
  • Customize and add new metadata fields or reference types


  • Group your research into hierarchical collections
  • Organize articles based on keywords, tags, search terms or your manual assignments
  • Advanced search and filter features
  • Keep track of what you read: ranking, priority, printed, quality-assured


  • Native BibTeX and BibLaTeX support, perfect for text-based typesetting systems such as LaTeX and Markdown.
  • Cite-as-you-write functionality for external applications such as Emacs, Kile, LyX, Texmaker, TeXstudio, Vim and WinEdt.
  • Format references in one of the many thousand built-in citation styles or create your style
  • Support for Word and LibreOffice/OpenOffice for inserting and formatting citations

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JabRef is free and works across all your devices.

For Windows
Also available for mac OS X and Linux
For mac OS X
Also available for Windows and Linux
For Linux
Also available for mac OS X and Windows
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Get Involved!

JabRef was founded 2003 and has since been used by many students and researchers. Our mission is to advance knowledge and improve scientific research. We value open access to information and believe modern science can built on an open institutional structure. This is why we develop JabRef as free open-source software and save your data in a simple text-based file format with no vendor lock-in.

Created by researchers, for researchers.

JabRef is developed and maintained by a multidisciplinary core team of PhD students, postdocs, and researchers in industry who work on JabRef in their freetime. Without the support of numerous volunteers, none of this would have been possible. We welcome anyone who would like to contribute to be part of an active user and developer community!


Help us build JabRef

You do not need to be a developer to improve the documentation, translate the user interface and help with support.

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Make JabRef even better

JabRef is and always will be 100% free and open-source. Contribute new features and shape the future of JabRef.

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