Docear ( [1] is an academic literature suite. It is the successor of SciPlore MindMapping [2].
Similar in the way that “office suites” bundle various applications for use in an office, e.g., word processing or document presentation software, Docear offers an “academic literature suite”, a set of applications bundled into a single interface tailored to academia, including researchers, students and writers.

Docear offers: a customized reference manager, a comprehensive mind mapping module, an academic search engine, a PDF reader, and a recommender system for related documents. Its unique concept and its one-of-a-kind features, such as a modular composition, free full-text access to literature, information management using mind maps, automatic metadata extraction from PDF files, and literature recommendations, are described in the publications listed below.

Related publications

[1] [pdf] [doi] J. Beel, B. Gipp, S. Langer, and M. Genzmehr, “Docear: An Academic Literature Suite for Searching, Organizing and Creating Academic Literature,” in Proceedings of the 11th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL`11), 2011.
  Title                    = {{D}ocear: {A}n {A}cademic {L}iterature {S}uite for {S}earching, {O}rganizing and {C}reating {A}cademic {L}iterature},
  Author                   = {{B}eel, {J}oeran and {G}ipp, {B}ela and {L}anger, {S}tefan and {G}enzmehr, {M}arcel},
  Booktitle                = {{P}roceedings of the 11th {ACM}/{IEEE} {J}oint {C}onference on {D}igital {L}ibraries ({JCDL}`11)},
  Year                     = {2011},
  Publisher                = {ACM},
  Doi                      = {10.1145/1998076.1998188}
[2] [pdf] [doi] J. Beel, B. Gipp, and C. Mueller, “‘SciPlore MindMapping’ – A Tool for Creating Mind Maps Combined with PDF and Reference Management,” D-Lib Magazine, vol. 15, iss. 11, 2009.
  Title                    = {'{S}ci{P}lore {M}ind{M}apping' - {A} {T}ool for {C}reating {M}ind {M}aps {C}ombined with {PDF} and {R}eference {M}anagement},
  Author                   = {{B}eel, {J}oeran and {G}ipp, {B}ela and {M}ueller, {C}hristoph},
  Journal                  = {{D}-{L}ib {M}agazine},
  Year                     = {2009},
  Month                    = {Nov.},
  Note                     = {Brief Online Article},
  Number                   = {11},
  Volume                   = {15},
  Doi                      = {10.1045/november2009-inbrief},
  Url                      = {}