Does cb2bib remove drudgery from bibliography creation?
Posted by: Anonymous
on November 12, 2008 08:27 AM
+1 for Jabref. I don't know how awkward it is if you use OpenOffice or MS Word for writing, but for LaTeX it is excellent. I work in the biosciences and I can get practically all of the bibliographic data I need from online databases through Jabref directly. Simply paste the document ID from e.g. PubMed into Jabref and that's it. It does download the abstract as well and can integrate with a directory containing local copies of the papers in PDF format if you it want to.
The native database format is Bibtex, which really is the only way to go if you write with LaTeX. I tried Zotero, and it works, but the database must be converted from Zotero-native to Bibtex before it can be used and I found that I didn't get everything I needed in the resulting Bibtex file.
Jabref is a Java app licensed under GPL 2. The interface may not be pretty, but it works, and works very well at least for LaTeX users.