Reference Organiser keeps track of technical papers and your reviews/notes on them.

Several years ago I started keeping reviews every time I read a technical paper; mostly to help remember the key points of the paper but also as a source for copying and pasting a summary as the basis of a literature survey.

Reference Organiser helps to manage the creation of reviews and acts as a search engine to locate a particular paper and the notes that go with it.

Features

Screenshots

Main window

Main Window
Papers/reviews are listed by their citation. From here you can filter the list; add, edit or delete a review. You can list papers without reviews and reviews missing papers. More advanced filtering is available using the search function

Edit window

Editing a Review
You can enter basic metadata and generate a unique citation that does not duplicate an existing citation

Search window

Search
Basic search is on a logical OR basis except for the year range. Keywords can be quoted with spaces. Results are unordered. Results from the last search are available as a filter in the main window.

Instructions

The idea of the simple format means that the reviews can easily be reformatted and imported into other software.

Future Plans/Ideas/Wishlist

Download

File Size Platform MD5
RefOrg-1.0.dmg 12 MB MacOS X 13874c5381b24dfff0c103f9131904cc
RefOrg-1.0_x86_64.AppImage 32 MB Linux AppImage dceb75ec5be5973fcfd3a3b15ac4ecb9
RefOrg-1.0_win.zip 17 MB Windows 6c136020e422971ad14f76dafc7085dc

Source code is on github

Notes

The Linux version is packaged using AppImage to make a distribution agnostic executable. Download the file, rename it to ReferenceOrganiser, make it executable using chmod a+x ReferenceOrganiser and run.

For the Mac version, download the DMG, double click to mount it and copy the application to your Applications folder. You may need to change your Security and Privacy preferences to allow you to run applications from "identified developers".

The Windows version is built on Windows 10 but should work on most modern versions. It is not digitally signed and therefore you may have to deal with annoying warnings claiming that this application is dangerous. Unzip the download and copy the RefOrg-1.0 directory to somewhere on your PC. You can then make a shortcut and place it on your desktop or whatever.


Licensing

This software is licensed under the GNU GPL (version 3).