Version 1.0 is out now!

We’ve added several new features and made many improvements over the past few months.

See for yourself:

New user manual

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For those of you still wondering…what is Docear?

Docear is a unique solution to literature management that seamlessly integrates mind map creation and a reference manager to easily organize the notes you made inside PDF documents and the annotations you made while reading. Docear’s approach helps you with all three steps of the reading – creative thinking – and writing process:

  • organizing your thoughts and annotations (mind map)
  • creating new documents (exporting outlines from mind map)
  • and discovering new academic literature (recommender system)

Docear does this in a single-section user-interface. This distinguishes the software from the interfaces of competitors, including Zotero, JabRef, Mendeley, Endnote, etc. in that it allows a more comprehensive organization of your e-literature (PDFs) and all the notes, highlights, comments, bookmarks, etc. you created while reading! Our goal is that you to never get lost or forget an idea again.

Docear’s ‘literature suite concept’ helps you draft and write academic articles, papers, publications, or books and theses by providing you with all the annotations you previously created right there at your finger tips! Docear works with standard PDF annotations, so you can use your favorite PDF viewer.

The literature suite concept also includes a recommender system that allows you to discover new academic literature. Docear is free and open source and offers many additional features, which you can check out here: