To help scientists decide which one of the many systems to use, we have tested some of the most relevant applications (commercial and non-commercial) as to how well the respective software performs in five different categories. These reflect the most significant abilities and features of reference management software. In the table below, each application is rated in each category with a simple star rating system (1 = poor, 5 = perfect). Clicking on the star ratings opens a detailed comparison table with more information about the test results. The order of the applications in the table reflects the order in which they were added to the comparison.
Both for individual researchers as for research groups or projects, it is of major importance to organize the literature one has read. A well organized bibliography is a powerful instrument. It speeds up the search for publications one has already read and supports the user in structuring information. Aigaion provides a bibliography management software environment that supports a user in just this: Organizing and managing a complete bibliography, from small bibliographies to bibliographies for a complete research department.
myExperiment is a collaborative environment where scientists can safely publish their workflows and experiment plans, share them with groups and find those of others. Workflows, other digital objects and collections (called Packs) can now be swapped, sorted and searched like photos and videos on the Web. Unlike Facebook or MySpace, myExperiment fully understands the needs of the researcher. myExperiment makes it really easy for the next generation of scientists to contribute to a pool of scientific workflows, build communities and form relationships. It enables scientists to share, reuse and repurpose workflows and reduce time-to-experiment, share expertise and avoid reinvention.