About Citavi

Citavi is an all-in-one scholarly note-taking and reference management solution. It helps researchers organize, collaborate, take notes, and write/manage citations - all within one platform. Citavi can be used by individual researchers or teams. Its tools are designed to increase work efficiency, break down tasks, secure data, and more. ...

Citavi Pricing

Price listed is for 1 Citavi license, desktop only. Pricing varies for desktop vs web offering, bundle pricing is available. Special pricing for 6+ licenses. Please contact for more pricing information.

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$519.00 per year

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Citavi User Reviews

OVERALL RATING

SECONDARY RATINGS

Ease-of-use

4

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Showing 1 - 5 of 33 reviews

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Ganjar

Rumah BaCa

Verified reviewer

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Civic & Social Organization

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

Ease-of-use

5

Value for money

5

Customer support

5

Functionality

5

Reviewed February 2019

Reference Manager and Knowledge Manager in One Pack

Pros

Citavi is a reference manager which works well with various word processor software. However, Citavi is more than reference manager. It also provides tools for users to quote important texts, to write summary and to arrange the references according to your article's structure. After you have done those, when you are working with your article, Citavi will detect the current chapter of your article and will show you relevant references and knowledge (those quotations and summaries that you have made before). Very handy! Citavi also provides a free student version which allows users to manage up to 100 references. This is very generous, considering Citavi has excellent features necessary for writing scientific articles.

Cons

Citavi does not work on Mac. Users need to install third party software to allow Citavi in a Mac. That's a shame since this limits the user base.

Response from Swiss Academic Software

Dear Ganjar, Thanks so much for your review! I'm very glad to hear that you like Citavi so much. Regarding Mac compatibility, you'll be happy to hear that we are currently working on an online version that will work with Mac and Linux computers. It should be available later this year.

Replied February 2019

Miriam

Universität Tübingen

Verified reviewer

Company size: 5,001-10,000 employees

Industry: Writing and Editing

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

Ease-of-use

4

Value for money

5

Customer support

5

Functionality

5

Reviewed February 2021

The best knowledge organisation programme

Pros

- It offers everything you need for research (finding texts, analysing texts, formatting the in-text citations and the Works Cited, etc.) - It helps you keep track of your tasks (which texts do I still have to read/scan/borrow, etc.) - The customisable categories and keywords are extremely helpful when you quickly need to find all titles concerned with a specific topic. - Allows you to compile grouped lists of titles (e.g. all titles from a certain time span or all titles within a certain category). - Allows you to search all of your quotes and all OCR’d pdfs in your project at once. - The support is phenomenal! They answer extremely fast and always propose helpful individual solutions. I once had a pretty big bug in my project and the support spend several days solving it – even though I’m only a PhD student. Long story short: I couldn’t write my PhD thesis without Citavi.

Cons

It might be a bit too complex for undergraduate students, but with their 10-25 pages papers and 30 secondary sources max, they don’t need a knowledge management system anyways. I’d say the best time to start using Citavi is in your first M.A. semester.

Response from Swiss Academic Software

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I'm very glad to hear that you've found Citavi to be so helpful for writing your PhD thesis!

Replied June 2021

Tim

mindsquare AG

Verified reviewer

Company size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

Ease-of-use

5

Functionality

5

Reviewed July 2021

Absolutely recommended for scientific work

I used Citavi mainly during my studies to write scientific papers.

Pros

The automatic creation of the literature list and the function to load bibliographic information based on the DOI have saved me days of error-prone work. The knowledge management functions are also good, even if I have not used them so intensively.

Cons

I often had problems with the Word plugin. In this case, Citavi sometimes crashed completely. There are workarounds for this on the internet, but it's still not ideal.

Response from QSR International

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Regarding the crash when using the Word add-in, feel free to reach out to our Support Team at support@citavi.com as they may be able to assist you further on this matter.

Replied September 2021

RAUL

ACENDRALIA, SL.

Verified reviewer

Company size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Hospital & Health Care

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

Ease-of-use

2

Value for money

2

Customer support

2

Functionality

2

Reviewed August 2020

PERDIDA DE INFORMACIÓN

Mala. He perdido información varias veces. NO lo recomiendo.

Pros

La vinculación del programa con el word.

Cons

No permite ordenar por fecha lo elementos el conocimiento. Con ello, se hace dificil ver lo que no se graba. Tiene muchos problemas de coordinación en uso compartido en varios ordenadores. Se pierde info con facilidad.

Response from Swiss Academic Software

Dear Raul, I would like to apologize on behalf of the entire Citavi team for the data loss you experienced in your Citavi Cloud project. I've looked at your support tickets, and the first instance was very likely due to a synchronization bug in the version you were working with that had since been fixed in an update. As long as users let us know the project key within 30 days of the error message appearing, we are able to restore projects. Unfortunately, we did not receive the project key on time in your case. Regarding the knowledge items, sorting by date is possible within categories, but not in the overview of all knowledge items. For this reason, my support colleague offered to have a developer find the recently changed knowledge items for you and asked for your project key, but we never received it. We are very sorry that you had such a bad experience with Citavi and hope that you'll give us another chance to make it up to you! Sincerely, Jennifer Schultz

Replied September 2020

Paul

University of Graz

Verified reviewer

Company size: 5,001-10,000 employees

Industry: Higher Education

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

Ease-of-use

4

Value for money

5

Customer support

5

Functionality

5

Reviewed May 2021

The must have Literature program for research and education

By using a literature program you want to collect knowledge and want to share it. Working together in a team can be done now with the cloud version very easily without boundaries. Making comments, notes and using the citations for the resulting article can be done quickly and efficiently.

Pros

The list of features is very long. All in all it is the easyness of using the program at first which makes it possible to use it for beginners and also later on for real research. We can make Citavi as required for our students without making them troubles - it is the opposite. Often students discover that they get more time concentrating on the content and do not have to think about citation rules, e.g.

Cons

For sure there are missing features - this is always the case when you use a software as this is a living process. But the missing points are on a high level. Often it could be discovered that they have been built in already when asking the support people. So, there is no speacial feature which could be presented here.

Reasons for choosing Citavi

First of all the easyness. The software is much "lighter" than other products. A very important point also is support: I never have seen any company in the last 30 years which is quicker but also coming to the point than Citavi. And we as university are not combined in any way with this company, we also have other software products for literature out of which I could choose from.

Response from Swiss Academic Software

Thank you very much for your kind review and detailed comments! We're very glad to hear that you think that Citavi is easy for students to learn but can also support more intense research later on. We're also very glad to hear that you've had a good experience with our support team!

Replied June 2021

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