Reference management software, citation management software or personal bibliographic management software is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilising bibliographic citations . Once a citation has been recorded, it can be used time and again in generating bibliographies, such as lists of references in scholarly books, articles and essays. The development of reference management packages has been driven by the rapid expansion of scientific literatures.
The reference manager is a commercial reference management software package and it is sold by Thompson Reuters. I was originally developed by Ernest Beutler and his son, Earl Beutler, in 1982 through their company Research Information Systems.It was offered for CM/M operating system.First ported to DOS then to Windows and then Apple.
There are diferent reference management softwars like those: Aigaion ,Bebop ,BibDesk ,Biblioscape ,BibSonomy ,Bibus ,Bookends ,Citavi ,CiteULike ,Connotea ,Docear ,EndNote ,JabRef ,Jumper 2.0 ,KBibTeX ,Mendeley ,Papers ,Pybliographer ,Qiqqa ,refbase ,RefDB ,Reference Manager ,Referencer ,RefWorks ,Scholar’s Aid ,Sente ,Wikindx ,WizFolio and Zotero.