Qiqqa is a PDF research management and brainstorming tool
Initial releaseApril 2010; 12 years ago (2010-04)
Stable release
Qiqqa v82 / October 2020; 1 year ago (2020-10)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available inEnglish
TypeReference management software
License'GNU General Public License version 3'

Qiqqa (pronounced "Quicker") is a free and opensource[1][2] software that allows researchers to work with thousands of PDFs.[3] It combines PDF reference management tools, a citation manager, and a mind map brainstorming tool. It integrates with Microsoft Word XP, 2003, 2007 and 2010 and BibTeX/LaTeX to automatically produce citations and bibliographies in thousands of styles.

The development of Qiqqa began in Cambridge, UK, in December 2009. A public alpha was released in April 2010, offering PDF management and brainstorming capabilities. Subsequent releases have seen the incorporation of the Web Library, OCR, integration with BibTeX and other reference managers, and the use of natural language processing (NLP) techniques to guide researchers in their reading.

Shortly after its release, Qiqqa has been noticed by universities[4] and their libraries.[5]

In 2011, Qiqqa won both the University of Cambridge CUE[6] and CUTEC,[7][8] and the Cambridge Wireless Discovering Start-Ups[9] competitions. Qiqqa was an award winner in the 2012 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.[10]

In 2020, Qiqqa decided to change software pricing model and make it free and opensource: "After 10 years of your support we have decided to make Qiqqa open source so that it can be grown and extended by its community of thousands of active users."[11]

Qiqqa does not seem to have attracted a large user base, compared to other recent reference management programs developed from 2006 to date.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Free reference manager and research manager - Qiqqa". www.qiqqa.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  2. ^ "qiqqa-open-source/LICENSE". github.com. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
  3. ^ Julie Swierczek, McKillop Library, Salve Regina University (2011-02-11). "Drowning in information". Retrieved 2011-02-23.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Joanna Dawson (2010-10-25). "Will Qiqqa make me Smarta?". Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  5. ^ Laura James (2010-06-19). "The Arcadia Project:A Wealth of Reference Management". Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  6. ^ Business Weekly (2011-06-09). "Journey just beginning for Cambridge University entrepreneurs". Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  7. ^ Ben Fountain, Cabume (2011-06-14). "Cambridge startups getting on with the job off radar". Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  8. ^ Business Weekly (2011-06-09). "Cambridge student entrepreneur books passage to Silicon Valley". Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  9. ^ Cambridge Wireless (2011-12-05). "Cambridge Wireless Discovering Start-Ups 2011 Competition". Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  10. ^ Santander (2012-07-06). "Santander announces new internship programme for small businesses". Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  11. ^ "Free reference manager and research manager - Qiqqa". www.qiqqa.com. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  12. ^ "Google Trends: Compare Citavi, Docear, Mendeley, Qiqqa, Zotero - Worldwide - Past five years".