I have been using Mendeley for a very long time now. I use it for organizing and reading articles. I just noticed that it keeps removing files randomly from the folders and groups. I don't know the exact reason for this. I wonder if there is an alternative to the Mendeley desktop client for Windows.

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    While still using your mendeley account and database? Or are you asking for free reference managers in general? There are plenty.
    – henning
    Nov 22, 2020 at 8:53

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Zotero is a free (and open source!) alternative: https://www.zotero.org/

There is a plenty of other tools (just google 'citation managers'), but I believe that Zotero's open source nature renders it preferable to all alternatives - including Mendeley, which belongs to the large commercial publisher Elsevier.

  • Please note that Mendeley online storage allows up to 2GB for free users, while Zotero only allows 300MB for free users. Unlimited storage will cost you 10 $/month for Zotero and 13,75 $/month for Mendeley (if you choose the annual subscription) Nov 22, 2020 at 16:20
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    You can also use your own pre-existing cloud storage solution to store your Zotero PDFs (although you have to be a little bit careful setting it up: forums.zotero.org/discussion/55909/… )
    – Ben Bolker
    Nov 22, 2020 at 18:13
  • @BenBolker wow. this is amazing. thank you for sharing Nov 24, 2020 at 11:35
  • Can we use Zotero without using any link to cloud storage?
    – alper
    Jul 21, 2022 at 11:55
  • @alper Yes. I use the desktop version without the cloud at work Mar 31 at 12:53

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