Thursday, August 21, 2014


As we are about to release a new design for BibSonomy, we would like to show you a bit of the beginnings of our system. When it started out in 2006 the website looked a lot like today and still totally different:

The first publication on BibSonomy was also published in 2006 as was the very first blog post.

At the moment we are testing the new bootstrap layout, which will hopefully be released soon:

So stay tuned and keep tagging!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Release 2.0.46

Hello BibSonomy folks,

today marks the release of BibSonomy 2.0.46. We integrated a bunch of new publication scrapers:

  • MDPI (
  • Oxford Journals (
  • The Lancet (

Aside from this, we fixed a number of small bugs such as a bug with tag recommendations. We updated the JabRef layouts and worked hard on the new layout. The layout is still in closed beta and will see its release in a future version.

Happy tagging

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Feature of the Week: Developers Corner

As part of our process to open BibSonomy up for developers, we have re-designed the BibSonomy start page at Bitbucket:
The three blue boxes provide quick access to pages about developing for and with BibSonomy, integrating BibSonomy with other tools and services, and using BibSonomy for research. They help you to easily find the information you need. The three grey boxes at the bottom provide further information, e.g., news about BibSonomy, who's behind BibSonomy, and where to find help.
In addition, the API documentation has been greatly improved during the last weeks. All developers definitely should have a loon on it and on the other relevant wiki pages.

Have a look at the new page and as always ... happy tagging!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

BibSonomy gets a new front-end

We're currently working hard on a new user interface for BibSonomy. In the past, we've had lots of hints on how to optimize the layout, accessibility, and usability. We're scientists and programmers but we aren't product designers or experts of human computer interaction. So we've decided to use a framework that helps us to implement all these necessary improvements.

There are lots of front-end frameworks out there. We’ve chosen Bootstrap for the following reasons:

  1. Bootstrap is open source and freely available
  2. It supports responsive web design. It is very hard for a community of an open source project to develop and maintain two front-ends. With Bootstrap we develop code once-only and it works for computer screens, tablets (like the iPad), and smartphones
  3. Bootstrap is widely used. The look and feel of all elements is familiar. 
  4. And of course, it looks great ☺

The aim of a new front-end is to achieve an easier way to interact with BibSonomy. For this, we’ve defined a few rules, which we try to implement with the switch to Bootstrap.

  1. Give  all elements room to breathe! Currently, there are too many control elements spread over areas that are too small.
  2. Use larger fonts! Large fonts create larger clearness and better readability on mobile devices.
  3. If possible, use existing standard elements of Bootstrap. The elements of Bootstrap are approved and established. They are tested on different devices and browsers.
  4. Help the user where he/she needs help. With the last front-end redesign, we have added a lot of help and hints. Now we want to use it so it supports the user even better.
  5. Keep navigation menus clear. Easier menu structures helps users to find what they are looking for.

Finally, I would like to give you some insights in the new front-end:

post list and the new user menu

Publication details page

friends overview page

Mobile view

Tablet view

View for computer screens
We hope you like what you see. More information and release dates coming soon.

Keep happy and tagging!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Feature of the Week: Clipboard for beginners

This week we want to introduce some features offered by our clipboard that some of you might not know yet. The clipboard enables you to collect a subset of your own and other's publications. To add publications to the clipboard you can simply use BibSonomy's clipboard button as shown below: 

Once you've added all publications of interest to the clipboard you can export them using a format like MS Office XML, which was introduced last week. 

Another feature of the clipboard which is only available for your own publications is the adding of tags to multiple publications. You get there by clicking "edit own entries" in the above figure.

For example, if you want to collect publications as relevant literature for a paper, a class or a project, you can mark these publications in the clipboard by adding a meaningful tag to them.

Happy tagging!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Feature of the week: MS Office XML export

The new MS Office XML export enables you to easily import your publications into MS Word.

To export a publication, simply select the "MSOffice XML"-Option in the "all formats"-ComboBox and save the xml-file.

You can also export all your Publications via selecting the "MSOffice XML"-Option on the export page. To import your publications into MS Word open the Reference-Manager, select "Browse..." and open the export xml.

Now you can select the publications you wish to copy into your bibliography on the left side, hit "copy" to add them and finally close the window.

Et voilà!. A click on "bibliography" lets you add the bibliography to your document, including all your previously imported sources.

Happy Tagging

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BibSonomy 2.0.45

Hello happy taggers,

today, we released version 2.0.45 of BibSonomy.

This release contains lots of internal cleanups, refactorings and minor bugfixes. But we also have a new feature for you: An MS Office XML export.

Keep happy and tagging,

Monday, June 23, 2014

Feature of the week: Full title text when hovering over titles

When many publication and bookmark posts are displayed in a list, then there is a lot on the page - except space. This is why we need to abbreviate titles and other information such as the titles of journals or conference proceedings. A while ago, we had lots of hovers everywhere on the post-lists but we found that they were too obtrusive. Now, you can see the unabbreviated information as lightweight hovers when moving the mouse over one of the abbreviated titles. Seeing the non-abbreviated version is sometimes necessary to distinguish publications which appear in different versions for example in proceedings and in a journal or simply in an online archive.

Happy tagging!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Feature of the week: Save-and-rate button

A nice but not very often used feature of BibSonomy is the rating of bookmarks and publications. Rating and discussing posts may help you to remember your evaluation of a post and share it with others. It may also help to find the best publications concerning a certain topic or within a group

To simplify the rating process you can now click on our new save-and-rate button when adding or editing a posts: 

This will get you to the discussion page where you can rate and/or comment on your post. Your rating and comment will be publicly visible by default. You can change the visibility though and add for example an anonymous comment. If you want to add internal links to other publications on BibSonomy you can also add those references with the corresponding button.

Happy rating!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Feature of the Week: Bookmarking publications from Morgan and Claypool Publishers with the BibSonomy add-on

This week's feature is presented by our student Haile: 

The new MorgenClaypoolScraper scrapes publication metadata from Morgan & Claypool Publishers and thereby allows you to easily store that data in BibSonomy. Using the scraper is very easy with the BibSonomy add-on. If you do not have it in your browser, yet, download and install it for your browser. Here are the basic steps to follow when you want to post publications using the add-on: 
  1. Open a publication from Morgan & Claypool publishers. For example, Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space is available on their website.  
  2. Click on the save publication button on your browser:  
  3. A new page will be loaded for editing your entry. Add tags by extending tags (encircled in red). Possible tags will be recommended by BibSonomy.  
  4. Click on the save button.

As you can see, it’s very easy: on the publication site from Morgan & Claypool you just need to click on the post publication button of the BibSonomy browser add-on.

Happy Tagging!

Haile M