Frank Bennett

is creating Jurism, a reference manager

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If you are a regular user, a Supporter pledge will be most welcome, and I will thank you personally (via email).

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(We can talk about value-added services, although I'm not yet sure what those would be. This is the top tier for the present: a Zotero unlimited storage plan has a price tag of just $120 per year, and it's hard to suggest more than that as recognition for the day-to-day work of keeping Jurism ticking over.)

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Jurism (link) is a free and open-source reference manager, based on but separate from Zotero, that supports legal research and multilingual materials.

Reference managers are today an indispensable tool for researchers in most fields. First appearing four decades ago, they have two roles: to organize and retrieve materials (like an old-school personal library); and to correctly format citations for publication (like an in-house copy editor). Beyond immediate productivity gains, a reference manager preserves a record of past research effort that grows in value over time.

All researchers need this. As it happens, though, making multilingual referencing and legal research support happen is hard, time-consuming, specialized work, and the leading products (EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) have shied away from doing either. Jurism fills this gap.

I began building the Jurism system as a personal project ten years ago. With advice and feedback from persons far too numerous to mention here, it is now pretty good at its job—and to my own surprise, it remains the only tool in its class. I am gratified that students and researchers are finding Jurism to be useful, but the story does not end there. Given its role in the research ecosystem, Jurism needs to be sustainable, with the ultimate aim of inducing the big players to join this very serious game.

If you do this kind of work, Jurism can help. Vote for the future. Become a patron.

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