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Compare Reference Manager, EndNote Basic and EndNote 21

Compare EndNote 21 with Reference Manager; a powerful bibliographic solution for workgroups, networks and collaborative projects. But now that EndNote offers library sharing for up to 1.000 people, it's time to make the switch.

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Compare Reference Manager, EndNote 21 and EndNote Basic

EndNote and Reference Manager are both quality reference management solutions, used by thousands of researchers around the world. EndNote, known for its advanced reference management and bibliography creation tools, and Reference Manager for its reference sharing capabilities.

But now, with the addition of library sharing and unlimited online storage in EndNote, there's no question as to which Thomson Reuters reference management solution will best meet your needs. Consider the advantages using EndNote to find, store, create and share your research. EndNote 21 works with both Windows® and Macintosh®, and delivers many of your favorite Reference Manager features plus a whole host of other useful features.

That is why we recommend you to purchase EndNote as it is more up to date and has many big advantages. If you are already a Reference Manager user, why not switch now? You are entitled to buy the EndNote upgrade and EndNote will open and convert your existing Reference manager databases.

Compare EndNote 21 and basic with Reference Manager

  EndNote Basic EndNote 21 Reference Manager
Platforms Web browser Macintosh
EndNote Online (Premium)
iPad App
iPhone App
Reference storage 50.000 Unlimited Unlimited
Attachment storage 2 GB Unlimited Unlimited
Full library sharing   with 1.000 users In network only
Private group sharing  
Shared library activity feed    
Recently added group    
Sync library with the iPad\iPhone app  
Integrated with MS Word
Cite While You Write in MS Word
Cite While You Write in Google Docs    
Reference organize with tags    
Citation Report (with your Web of Science subscription)    
Manuscript Matcher and publication recommendations    
Automatic and bulk reference updating    
Advanced reference organization with smart and combined groups    
Online database searching ✓ 4 ✓ 4.000+
Send references directly from online databases ✓ 4 ✓ 630+
Create a list of favorite styles  
Create custom groups of references  
Create smart groups of references for instant sorting    
One click to find full text    
Annotate and highlight pdfs in application    
Search PDF text, notes, annotations    
PDF auto-import folder    
Smart reference creation from extracted DOIs and other metadata    
Deduplication by DOI and/or PMCID    
Predefined bibliographic formatting styles ✓ 21 ✓ 7.000+
Create or customize your own bibiliographic formatting styles  
Multiple bibliographies in a single document for book chapters    
Subheading and category bibliographies   Subject bibliographies only
Composite references    
Field substitutions    
Journal abbreviation recognition and standardization  
Custom options to add more database providers  
Number of reference fields 53 54 37
Number of reference types 48 58 35
Unicode compliant  
Sync with the iPad app  

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