Graphical Java application for managing bibtex (.bib) databases

JabRef for Mac

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JabRef for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    JabRef 5.12 LATEST

  • Review by

    Juan Garcia

  • Operating System

    Mac OS X 10.8 or later

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JabRef for Mac is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format. JabRef runs on the Java VM (version 1.8 or newer) and works equally well on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

BibTeX is an application and a bibliography file format written by Oren Patashnik and Leslie Lamport for the LaTeX document preparation system. General information can be found on the CTAN BibTeX package information page. Jab Ref also supports BibLaTeX.

Bibliographies generated by LaTeX and BibTeX from a BibTeX file can be formatted to suit any reference list specifications through the use of different BibTeX and BibLaTeX style files.

Features and Highlights

Search the Web
Entries can be searched in external databases and BibTeX entries can be fetched from there. Example sources: arXiv, CiteseerX, Google Scholar, Medline, GVK, IEEEXplore, and Springer

Import of various formats
RIS, Medline/Pubmed (xml), Refer/Endnote, INSPEC, BibTeXML, CSA, ISI Web of Science, SilverPlatter, Scifinder, OVID, Biblioscape, Sixpack, JStor, and RIS.

Automatic download of full texts
JabRef for macOS can be instructed to search for the full text of a reference, download it, and directly link it to the BibTeX entry.

Search the bibliography
Search a pattern in the whole bibliography.

Classification of entries
You can group entries explicitly, by keywords or any other fields.

Integrates to your environment
Launch external applications: PDF viewers, web browser. Insert citations into TeXstudio, LyX, Kile, LatexEditor, Emacs, Vim, and WinEdt

Automatic Key generation
BibTeX keys can be automatically generated in a customizable way from document data, e.g. using author names, title and year.

Support for XMP Metadata in PDFs
Improve the workflow of sharing PDFs and bibliography information

Built-in and custom export formats
HTML, Docbook, BibTeXML, MODS, RTF, Refer/Endnote, and as well as LibreOffice

Customization of the JabRef interface
Fonts, displayed fields, etc.

Customization of BibTeX fields
You can add your own fields to any BibTeX entry type.

Note: Requires 64-bit processor.

Also Available: Download JabRef for Windows

  • JabRef 5.12 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

- We added a tab in the entry editor that retrieves 'Smart Citation' tallies for citations that have a DOI. koppor#375
- We added a dropdown menu to let users change the reference library during AUX file import
- We added a button to let users reset the cite command to the default value
- We added the option to use System Preference for Light/Dark Theme
- We added as a new fetcher
- We integrated predatory journal checking as part of the Integrity Checker based on the check-bib-for-predatory
- We added a 'More options' section in the main table right click menu opening the preferences dialog
- When creating a new group, it inherits the icon of the parent group

- We moved the location of the 'Open only one instance of JabRef' preference option from "Network" to "General"
- The two previews in the change resolver dialog now have their scrollbars synchronized
- We changed the setting of the keyword separator to accept a single character only
- We replaced "SearchAll" in Web Search by "Search Selected"
- Short DOI formatter now checks, if the value is already formatted. If so, it returns the value instead of calling the ShortDOIService again
- We upgraded to JavaFX 21.0.1. As a consequence JabRef requires now macOS 11 or later and GTK 3.8 or later on Linux 10627.
- A user-specific comment fields is not enabled by default, but can be enabled using the "Add" button
- We upgraded to Lucene 9.9 for the fulltext search. The search index will be rebuild
- When using "Copy..." -> "Copy citation key", the delimiter configured at "Push applications" is respected

- We fixed an issue where the added protected term has unwanted leading and trailing whitespaces, where the formatted text has unwanted empty brackets and where the word at the cursor in the textbox can be added to the list
- We fixed an issue where in the merge dialog the file field of entries was not correctly merged when the first and second entry both contained values inside the file field
- We fixed some small inconsistencies in the user interface
- We fixed the issue where the Hayagriva YAML exporter would not include a parent field for the publisher/series
- We fixed issues in the external file type dialog w.r.t. duplicate entries in the case of a language switch
- We fixed an issue where the right-click action "Copy cite..." did not respect the configured citation command under "External Programs" -> "Push Applications"

- We removed duplicate filtering and sorting operations in the MainTable when editing BibEntries

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