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Open source “bibliographic and reference management software” that is designed for collaboration, hierarchical organization of resources, and live query of medical databases, such as PubMed.

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General Associations
Bibliography (20), Citation (18), Cite (18), catalog (21), catalogue (22), reference (19), referencing (18)


Bibus is freeware


  • Hierarchical organization of the references with user defined keys
  • Designed for multiuser environments
    • You can share the database between an “unlimited” number of users
    • Each user will have its own classification
    • You can define read-only and read-write users
  • Live queries; that is searches that update as the database changes
  • On-linePubMed queries
  • On-line eTBlast queries
  • Insertion of references and formatting of bibliographies into two widely used Word Processors( and Microsoft Word)
  • Foreign language support through Unicode and gettext. As of version 1.4, Bibus is available in English, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish.
  • Bibus works on most modern platforms:
    • Gnu/linux
    • Windows98/2000/XP with andMicrosoft Word
    • On other platforms (MacOS X, ...) Bibus works with Microsoft Word but styles cannot be created at this point (this should change soon for MacOS X)
    • Easy to use, intuitive interface
    • Works with (Linux, Windows, MacOS X) and MS Word (Windows)
    • Interfaces seamlessly with PubMed Entrez and with eTBLAST.
    • Ability to create custom styles for bibliogaphies
      • See user-defined Styles repository
Interface Languages
English (416)