Docear (pronounced dog-ear) is what we call an “academic literature suite”. It integrates everything you need to search, organize and create academic literature in a single application: a digital library, reference manager, PDF and file manager, note taking and mind mapping. And the best: Docear works seemlessly with many existing tools like Mendeley, Microsoft Word, and Foxit Reader.

Docear is free and open source, based on Freeplane, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Technology and developed by scientists from around the world, among others from OvGU, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • I'm not a developer, i always use this free online batch create pdf from word from

  • A must-have tool for anyone who needs to read a lot of scientific publications, Whether it is for the purpose of writing a paper, preparing a thesis or just organising your thoughts. Every student I recommended this too ended up loving it! I had previously installed the predecessor of this, Sciplore Mindmapping, but this is such a big leap onwards from what it used to be in those days! The usability and the usefulness of functionalities is really good! Excellent job!!! PS. I don't normally write reviews as I am too lazy to register etc... I don't mind doing it for this tool!

  • This is a brilliant program that allows you to use .bib files as your literature database, combining them with excellent pdf management (including importing comments), while keeping it all organised in a mindmap. This is exactly what I needed to coordinate my reading of the literature.

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  • Thanks for Docear, it's excellent!

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  • I seldom had to create any academic literature in my career as a designer of miniature golf courses. Then I tried this app, and it was so fantastic that I changed my entire career course just so I could use it. That's how good it is. I suppose it'd be irresponsible of me not to warn you that, if you currently aren't called upon to prepare academic literature, and you're not prepared to change careers, you'd best avoid this app, despite its wonderfulness. Therefore, I shall: Please reread the preceding part of this paragraph, beginning with "...if you currently aren't called upon..." Anyway, this app is great. This concludes my review. Feel free to add your own citations.

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French, English, Chinese (Simplified), German, Spanish

Intended Audience

Information Technology, Science/Research, Education, End Users/Desktop, Management

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Java Swing

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