Reference Management

I, Librarian – PDF manager and PDF organizer

I, Librarian is a free and open-source web app to build an annotated library of scientific PDF articles, optimized for individual users and collaborative groups, like research labs or departments.

With this software, individuals or groups build a local web site with a practical environment to work with PDF files. Additionally, users gain an advanced tool to mine scientific literature from PubMed, PubMed Central, NASA ADS, arXiv, IEEE Xplore, and HighWire Press. It provides an intelligent PDF import mechanism, and supports BibTeX as well as PDF and RTF annotations.

I, Librarian includes other open-source software: Xpdf, Poppler, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, jQuery Form, jGrowl, Tipsy, jQuery File Tree, jCrop, jQuery.clickNScroll, jQuery Hotkeys, jPlayer, TinyMCE, Plupload, Bibutils, Ghostscript, Pdftk, and Inno Setup.

Features include:

  • Import PDFs from a hardware or from the internet.
  • Batch import.
  • Export records into reference managers such as Bibus, Endnote, or JabRef.
  • Directly search and import records from PubMed, PubMed Central, NASA ADS, arXiv, IEEE Xplore, and HighWire Press.
  • Records from many other databases (Science Direct, Scopus) can be imported through RIS format intermediary.
  • Collaborate with others.
  • Organize your records in non-hierarchical categories by adding custom categories and by the software suggesting categories.
  • Organize supplementary files.
  • Search in reference data and in PDF full text.
  • Keep rich-text notes or annotate PDFs.
  • Multi-platform.

Developer: Martin Kucej
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


I, Librarian is written in PHP. Learn PHP with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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