Petal Reference Manager

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Petal Reference Manager


Reference Manager

Organize, cite, and share research.

No download required.

Developed and trusted by researchers at:


Automate Reference Management

Automatic metadata extraction.

Drag & drop, import existing reference lists (BibTeX), and create collections to stay organized.

Capture PDFs and static web pages directly into your Petal Collection using our browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, Safari).

Powerful Full Text Search

Grow your library without sacrificing accessibility. Search entire collections of books, journal articles, and references to find what you’re looking for quickly and efficiently.

Advanced search features help you explore beyond document-level search results.

Bring Your Team Together

Onboard new members more quickly. Keep your team on the same page so you can focus on exploring big ideas.

Ping teammates in annotations and create comment threads – stay engaged even when asynchronous and remote.

Collaboratively read, share, and annotate your full texts.

Generate Citations

Choose from 9,000+ citation styles.

Create and manage your bibliography in BibTeX – the LaTeX-friendly format preferred by STEM researchers.

Word Add-in helps you cite from Petal library while you write.

word addin screenshot

The Petal Reference Manager advantage

Intuitive UI

Easy to pick up. No training required.


No installation. Always stay in sync.

Dedicated support

The founder responds to your support requests.

Additional features

Petal Reference Manager contains features to support many more use cases. It is a versatile solution for all your research and academic needs.

Full-text search

Look beyond metadata and across entire full-texts. Discover references you never knew you had on-demand.

Annotations and comments

Annotate documents for later reference. @mention your collaborators in directed comments.

Collaborative edits

Changes are tracked and reflected in real-time for a single source of truth. Always stay on the same page with colleagues.

Edit database schema without code

Create custom metadata fields and conduct library-wide metadata edits without writing code


State-of-the-art OCR to extract and index text from images, diagrams and figures for digital scans.

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