July 7, 2016
If you are looking for a good alternative to Endnote or Zotero, Paperpile is definitely a very good option to consider. Paperpile is a powerful reference manager that you can use in your Google Doc to manage your citations and create well designed bibliographies. It supports APA, MLA, Chicago and over 700 journal specific citation styles. It is also compatible with other popular reference managers such as Endnote (you can export your document to Word and Endnote) and LaTeX (you can export your document for use with LaTeX). It also lets you export your references as RIS or BibTex.
Using Paperpile add-on enables you to easily insert citations with a single click. You can conduct a search for a journal article while working on your document, insert the citation and get the reference cited for you. Paperpile is also ideal for collaborative co-authoring and can even work with dozens of co-authors. About the privacy issue here is what Paperpile has to say about it:
‘Paperpile respects your privacy: The add-on needs permission to manage your documents but they remain private with you at all times. Paperpile never accesses, transmits or stores any of your data other than the citation meta-data necessary to format your citations and bibliographies.’