IT Stems

Grow your business with smart solutions.


Custom Software

You have a technical challenge, we can deliver it all from initial idea to final implementation.

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Database Solutions

Struggling with Big Data, we have long experience to tackle it.

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Web Design

Looking for an awesome website, our team has a special touch.

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Publishing Solutions

Your journal needs a complete technical solution, we can make it happen.

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Our Mission

IT Stems's mission is to solve challenging technical problems in partnership with our clients.

How we achieve it:

We understand the business needs of our clients, and how technology can be a tool to make modern businesses more profitable.

IT Stems combines technical excellence with great customer service and value for money.

We value creativity and collaboration; ideas are shared and everybody contributes on an individual basis to the common goal.


Either a publisher or a researcher, you need a smart, simple and easy to use tool to manage and process your reference citations. RefHive can help you.

RefHive is a free reference citation parser and processor. It produces many different reference citation formats and styles (XML JATS, BibTex, RIS, EndNote, APA, Chicago, Harvard,...etc).

You can simply copy and paste the citation string of the reference(s) you have, then leave the rest to RefHive.
RefHive uses text matching algorithms to find out the best match to your citation string.
The algorithm is tested against more than 10,000 citation strings with %97 output accuracy.
RefHive uses Crossref and Pubmed databases for retrieving the metadata of the matched articles.

RefHive has a handy utility for parsing the citation strings, that it couldn’t match, in a way that helps you easily and quickly generate the data formats and styles for your reference.

About Us

IT Stems is a custom software development company.

Owned and managed by ex-developers, the company has a very wide technical skills base and an entrepreneurial culture – revenues from the business are reinvested in creating new products for the future. Our research focus at present is into new development technologies, which we hope will allow us to produce better systems more quickly.

We’re very interested in the possibilities of new technologies – but at the same time we don’t automatically follow the latest fashion. We work mostly with Microsoft and Apache systems. We have a long experience in implementing and developing journal management systems including journal development, in-house editorial screening, marketing allocation, content management, reference processing, article production tools, analytical systems based on academic indexing databases (like Crossref, Pubmed, Scopus), Plagiarism detection, manuscript tracking, and peer review systems

Our Process

We are an Agile-Oriented team. We split the development work into small sprints of work of about 2 or 3 weeks.

The starting point is the product backlog, a set of top-level and prioritized tasks that we use to get an overall idea of the product. On the kickoff (and subsequent) sprint meetings, we analyze and define these top-level task with the client and then select a handful that can be developed in 2 weeks.

Once a week we do a standup call with the client to make adjustments on the workload if needed. We believe this method reduces the chances of falling and commit errors and allows customers to change the requirements and adapt the app at any time without affecting the product roadmap.

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