January 19, 2022

Preprint: “Studies and Analysis of Reference Management Software: a Literature Review”

The following article (in English) has been accepted for publication El Profesional de la información, a professional journal based in Spain.


Studies and Analysis of Reference Management Software: A Literature Review


Jesús Tramullas
University of Zaragoza

Ana Sánchez-Casabón
University of Zaragoza


Preprint via arXiv


Reference management software is a well-known tool for scientific research work. Since the 1980s, it has been the subject of reviews and evaluations in library and information science literature. This paper presents a systematic review of published studies that evaluate reference management software with a comparative approach. The objective is to identify the types, models, and evaluation criteria that authors have adopted, in order to determine whether the methods used provide adequate methodological rigor and useful contributions to the field of study.

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