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Prof. Dr. Bela Gipp

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Docear - Academic Literature Management via Mind Maps

Docear [1] is an academic literature suite and the successor of SciPlore MindMapping [2]. Watch the video below or visit the website for details on this ongoing project.

Docear video, available at:

The software combines a mind-mapping tool with a recommender system for academic literature and a reference manager. The mind maps allow users to organize their ideas and to import the annotations they made while reading PDFs, e.g., comments, highlights or bookmarks. Docear works with standard PDF annotations, thus can be used with different PDF viewers.

Docear helps researchers with:

  • Organizing thoughts and annotations (mind map)
  • Creating new documents (exporting outlines from mind map)
  • Finding new academic literature (recommender system)

Docear is free and open source and offers many additional features. Please visit for details or take a look at the publications listed below.

Related Publications

[1] J. Beel, B. Gipp, S. Langer, and M. Genzmehr, “Docear: An Academic Literature Suite for Searching, Organizing and Creating Academic Literature,” in Proceedings of the 11th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL`11), 2011.

[2] J. Beel, B. Gipp, and C. Mueller, “SciPlore MindMapping – A Tool for Creating Mind Maps Combined with PDF and Reference Management,” D-Lib Magazine, vol. 15, iss. 11, 2009.