If you are doing a lot of writing (or hanging out with writers…) you may have come across Scrivener – a well, this is a bit hard to describe… sort of word processor for serious writing, especially long texts – like the ones that Word loves to play funny stuff like strange formatting with – or at least makes it seriously annoying to deal with (scroll through 100 pages… sure!).
Scrivener isn’t, of course, only for people writing long novels. It can actually be a pretty neat tool for academics, too. Especially if you are a bit like me, and like to forget what my next argument was going to be… Because Scrivener handles parts of a document more like a set of “cards”, which you can move around at will, it makes it easy to think through an outline of a chapter or even a paper, and then organise all the arguments before sitting down to write everything up – before rendering it into that final copy that will appear in the next masterpiece ready for the Journal of Superlative Academic Papers.
Scrivener also has a lot of other tools to make writing easier: From a split screen allowing you to quickly browse through research documents, like key articles, to productivity meters giving you target word counts and progress for sessions (for example, if you take part in #acrimo) or sections of you documents. BUT …as much as all of these things are useful and make it easy to write, Scrivener has one serious limitation for academics – and that is the lack of integration with referencing software like EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero. But that does’t mean you can’t use them or Scrivener – it just requires a bit of extra work. Depending on how you feel about Scrivener (especially as a useful substitute to something like Word) – you may think it is worth the extra effort.
I haven’t tried Scrivener with EndNote or Mendeley, but with Zotero there are two relatively easy ways to ensure you can work with Scrivener and Zotero and let Zotero format your references etc.
more here - Scrivener – and Zotero | Stephan Dahl.