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Best Tools for Academic Research-2020

In this article, I will show you best research tools for academic research. In my previous post, I already discussed some chrome extensions for academic research. Now, digital tools have made research practices easier for academic fraternity.

In this post, I have assembled some web resources to assist you to conduct research more efficiently and smoothly. I am going to share with you the following tools which are more effective for data cleaning, cite management, keyword-based search, and statistical analysis, online survey, etc.

Data Cleaning Tools for Academic Research:

OpenRefine (Erstwhile Google Refine)

We know that Python, R, and Julia are the most important languages for data cleaning. But, you have to have some programming knowledge for the data cleaning job. It is a difficult job for non-technical users. OpenRefine is the best choice to alleviate the same. No programming skills are required.

It is the most well known open-source powerful data cleaning tool used by researchers, librarians, etc. On one hand, OpenRefine is good at clustering values to clean up dirty free text fields. On the other hand, it caters to reconciliation services that let you clean up data by matching against various sources.

In addition to that, you can also transform from one format into another. OpenRefine allows you to explore large data sets with ease. It works on Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, and available in more than 15 languages. OpenRefine keeps your own dataset private on your machine until you would like to share or collaborate.

Trifacta Wrangler

This is a data wrangling tool that aids you in cleaning and preparing messy data more quickly and accurately. You can use freeware versions of this commercial data cleaning tool. It accelerates data cleaning and preparing with a state-of-the-art platform for cloud data lakes.

Reference Management and Extraction:


ZoteroBib can fetch bibliographic data automatically from magazine articles, library catalogs, journal manuscripts, sites such as Amazon and Google Books, etc. It provides free services that allow you to quickly create a bibliography in any citation style. Besides, you can integrate the source using its URL, ISBN, DOI, PMID, and arXiv ID, etc.


Scholarcy is an artificial intelligence-based manuscripts summarization extension that collects text from journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters, research manuscripts, and displays an auto-summary of the text. In addition to the above, it also extracts figures, tables, and bibliographies data, open-access PDFs for each reference from Google ScholararXiv, etc.

Statistical Software:


JASP is free, flexible, and open-source software supported by the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. This tool can generate statistics easily and quickly for you in APA-formatted tables that are embeddable into a document.  The interface of this software package is intuitive and similar to SPSS. The package works on Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux. You can download the software (All Releases) from their site.


It is free, easy to use third-generation, open statistical software. Jamovi is an alternative to commercial software such as SPSS and SAS. This tool is made by the scientific community and for the scientific fraternity. This software works equally on  Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS. You can download the software (All releases) from their website.

Data Visualization Tools for Academic Research:

Tableau Public

It is free and easy to handle software that lets you visualize and publish your data. Using this tool, you can create interactive graphs, stunning maps, and live dashboards in minutes. You can save your data visualization in Tableau Public profile, and share it anywhere on the web.

The latest version of this software 2020.2 is available for Microsoft Windows and macOS only. The Tableau public edition is free but it is commercial for using desktop edition, server edition, web-based edition, and even mobile application.

Google Data Studio

It is a free easy to use interactive dashboard that lets you create the line chart, bar chart, area chart, and pie chart. You can also generate reports as many as you can.  In this visualization tool, one report can use multiple sources of data and on the other hand, the same data source can be connected to many reports.

You can use it online using this link. You do not need to install any software. In my earlier post, I discussed it elaborately (step-by-step guide)


SandDance is an open-source easy to use data visualization tool developed by Visualization and Interactive Data Analysis (VIDA), Microsoft. This software has been rewritten from scratch to be modular and embeddable into any custom applications. Using this tool, you can explore, and communicate insights about your datasets. Many users can work with the same dataset. You can use it online using this link. You may visit this post for more details.


This software is easy to handle, flexible that lets you communicate with the technical members online to make their work easier and faster. Besides, this tool also caters to real-time data processing and supports multi-terminal display.

It is worth mentioning that the uploaded data in this tool’s online database is public unless the user upgrades to a paid member in order to make sure its privacy protection. You can use it through this link.

Google Charts

This free tool lets you create and manage data presentations in a new way. If you have any queries about this tool you can get support from Google’s Forums and GitHub. Google Charts does some great things with pie charts and pictographs, as well as animation. For more information- Click Here

Research Article Clustering :

Citation Gecko

Citation Gecko allows you to find papers to and from seed papers, but you can’t actually export the papers to your reference managers. It would be better if you extract RIS/BibTeX from the uploaded PDF file that can be imported into a reference manager. For this purpose, Scholarcy may be used.

Open Knowledge Map

It is one of the world’s largest visual search engine for scientific computing. Knowledge maps provide an instant overview of a topic by showing the main areas at a glance, and papers related to each area. This makes it possible to easily identify useful, pertinent information. for more information Click Here

Keyword-based Search Engine :

Google Scholar

 Google Scholar lets you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. It has the biggest index of scholarly materials in the world. You can search across various disciplines and sources like abstracts, articles, theses, books, and online repositories, universities, and other web resources using a single window.


Digital Science’s Dimensions is a linked research information system that allows you to discover and access the most relevant information, analyze the academic and broader outcomes of the research. It has 95 million items. Facets and filters are the most important features of this tool.

Microsoft Academic

Microsoft Academic allows you to search journal titles, conference names, and many research topics from various sources on the web. You can search for any topic, journal, conference using the search engine.

Datasets Search:

Google Dataset Search Engine

This search engine provides the search results based on their license whether it is free or paid, formats like CSV, pdf, txt, JSON, images, and their provenance. This engine does not curate or cater to direct access to the datasets directly. A lot of the data in the index comes from the Government and Research Institutions, almost 2 million datasets from the US government alone but that still leaves 23 million other datasets on a huge variety of various subjects. For more Information Click Here

Academic Writing Tools for Academic Research :


LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting document preparation system that includes features designed for the preparation of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. You can download this tool through this link.


This suite is a free and open-source robust software. It is one of the fastest-growing projects in the free and open-source software world. You can download this tool through this link.


MiKTeX is a free distribution of the TeX/LaTeX typesetting system for Microsoft Windows. You can download this tool through this link

Google Docs

It is a free online document for personal use. You can create, edit and collaborate your document using your gmail account.

Online Survey Tools for Academic Research :

Google Form

We can create your own form of any type (Feedback, Survey, etc,) using your Gmail account. it supports unlimited surveys and respondents.

Survey Monkey

It is easy to use and flexible. You can sign up for using the free version of this tool.


You can sign up for using the free version of this tool. It is easy to use and flexible.

Lime Survey ( Erstwhile PHP Surveyor)

Lime Survey is a free and open-source online statistical survey web application. It is written in PHP, and available on Github.

Backup and Recovery Tool :

Bacula is an open-source network backup software. Using this software, you can manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds.

Social Media for Researchers :


We use ORCID to get a persistent  ORCID ID, and that distinguishes us from every other researcher. We can connect our ID with our professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review etc. For details visit this site.



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Plagiarism Check Software :

“Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgment. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional. Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offence.” Source: Oxford University



Dr. Ujjal Marjit, PhDhttps://researcherssite.com
Dr. Ujjal Marjit leads the Centre for Information Resource Management of the University of Kalyani, India. He received his bachelor honours degree from Visva Bharati, Central University and Master in Computer Application from Jadavpur University, India.He did his BLISc and MLISc from Madurai Kamraj University, India. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Kalyani. He was also a visiting researcher at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. Dr. Marjit was a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), USA. He has coauthored several book chapters and over 70 research publications in various International Journals and Conferences. Dr. Marjit attended many national and international conferences in India and abroad ( Germany, London, Finland, Norway, Netherlands). He has been working in University since 2001.


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