Qiqqa is a PDF research management tool and brainstorming tool
|Initial release||April 2010|
Qiqqa v79 / September 2016
|Type||Reference management software|
Qiqqa (pronounced "Quicker") is a freeware and freemium reference management software that allows researchers to work with thousands of PDFs. 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.
In 2011 Qiqqa won both the University of Cambridge CUE  and CUTEC, and the Cambridge Wireless Discovering Start-Ups competitions. Qiqqa was an award winner in the 2012 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.
A 15-minute interview on AffinityDAB radio summarises the history of Qiqqa.
Qiqqa does not seem to have attracted a large user base, compared to other recent reference management programs developed from 2006 to date.
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