Help me find an academic paper management program
November 19, 2011 11:51 AM Subscribe
I'm having trouble finding an academic paper management system that meets my requirements (Mac+Win, BibTeX, automatic PDF filing, easy to import etc).
I'm a PhD student studying remote sensing (basically scientific satellite imaging), and am having trouble finding a bit of software to organise my journal papers and references. So far I have been keeping PDF files randomly spread around my hard drive, with references imported into BibDesk from the BibTeX data on Google Scholar. However...this isn't really working, and I now need to be able to use both Mac and Windows.
So, I have a number of requirements - but nothing I've really found seems to fulfil all of them:
1. Must work on OS X and Windows
2. Must produce one automatically-updated BibTeX file with all of my references in it which I can use in LaTeX
3. Must automatically file PDFs with sensible names (Author_Date_Title.pdf for example)
4. Must be easy to import references and PDFs to (either from browser extension, internal browser or something)
The last one seems to be the hardest to find - so many programs will import just the reference details, and leave you to find the PDF file. Similarly, other program (like Mendeley) will let you import the PDF file, but then screw up getting the metadata from it. Is there anything that will easily import metadata and PDFs for most references via a simple browser extension or similar? I find it strange that most software can't even do the simple task of searching on Google Scholar for the article title and downloading the PDF (as PDFs on Google Scholar often don't require authentication as they are on authors personal websites).
Any advice or guidance would be great. I've tried various bits of software, and read about many more, but have never quite found something that does it all.