Friday, July 27, 2012


I wrote about the linked discission feature back in April. Now, this feature gets even better and I want to share this wonderful information with you.

First of all, it is no longer required to copy the prefix of the post hash (e.g., "bibtex/" or "url/"). Just use the hash betweent doubled square brackets and you get your pretty result.

Pretty is a good point!

The second feature, you definitely will like, is the newly introduced references list. Each link you create in your post will be appended to the references list at the bottom of your discussion post. It enable a simple and clean overview on your citations as well as an additional easy to use access possibility. Just click on link symbol at the end of each reference to have a look at it.

I hope you enjoy our new feature.

Happy discussing


Feature of the week: Citation Style Language export

During summer, there's typically many other great things to do besides writing publications - eating icecream, go swimming, relax during holidays... but despite that, we keep on giving you interesting little pointers to cool new BibSonomy features. Please don't stop eating ice cream or going to swim :) but keep it in the back of your head, for more productive seasons of the year ;)

This week's feature is the CSL export, which was added with release 2.0.25. CSL stands for Citation Style Language, which Wikipedia describes as an "open XML-based language to describe the formatting of citations and bibliographies". Basically you can think of it as a similar system to BibTeX - it definies a standard for representing bibliographic references, and another one for writing "templates", which transform those references into nicely formatted output. This standard is currently used by a number of platforms, including Zotero, Mendeley and Papers. Probably the nicest thing hereby is that there are quite large style repositories like, which offer more than 2000 pre-defined styles for different user needs.

In order to allow you to make use of such great style collections, we're offering a new export format - you can retrieve you posts in a JSON-format, which is understood by current CSL processors. In other words, we're providing the input for you, such that you can just choose one of the existing CSL styles (or create a custom one) and create nicely formatted references according to your needs.

All you have to do is to append ?format=csl to any BibSonomy URL, and you'll see your post(s) in the corresponding format -  below is an example, produced by the URL You'll surely recognize that it's a similar key-value representation compared to e.g. BibTeX. We hope this makes BibSonomy more versatile and useful for you particular purposes!

Happy Tagging,

    "603161eb4c5b2f87f3d3a50f87015337dbenz": {
        "DOI": "",
        "ISBN": "",
        "URL": "",
        "abstract": "",
        "author": [
                "family": "Strohmaier",
                "given": "Markus"
                "family": "Helic",
                "given": "Denis"
                "family": "Benz",
                "given": "Dominik"
                "family": "Körner",
                "given": "Christian"
                "family": "Kern",
                "given": "Roman"
        "citation-label": "strohmaier2011evaluation",
        "collection-title": "",
        "container-title": "",
        "editor": [ ],
        "event-place": "",
        "id": "603161eb4c5b2f87f3d3a50f87015337dbenz",
        "issued": {
            "date-parts": [ ],
            "literal": "2012"
        "note": "",
        "page": "",
        "publisher": "",
        "title": "Evaluation of Folksonomy Induction Algorithms",
        "volume": ""


Monday, July 16, 2012

Feature of the week: Entry Type Pictograms

In BibSonomy's post lists, each publication is represented as a box with the most important meta-information about it. Listed are the title, authors or editors, the venue (journal or book title) the year. For quite a while now, this list also includes the publication's entry type.

Other than title and authors, the entry type is displayed as a pictogram to the left of the post. In a previous blog post, we've already discussed the file upload options in BibSonomy. The entry-type pictograms are displayed, unless there is a thumbnail of a document attached to that post, that is visible to you.

To each of the 20 different supported entry types here are the according images:

The entry type of a publication has to be stated during the creation of a post. Often this is done for you when you use your post-publication button. If you enter a publication manually, you'll have to select it from a list in the post-publication dialogue. To learn more about the supported entry types of publications read our corresponding blog post or have a look at BibSonomy's home page to see which types have been uploaded recently.

Happy tagging

Friday, July 6, 2012

Feature of the Week: The Page-Options Menu

Quick access to useful functions is an important aspect in user experience. We are doing our best to create better user experience for BibSonomy users. Let me introduce to you the Page-Option wheel - the menu you can easily access from all BibSonomy pages with lists of bookmarks or publications (e.g. on the home page or on your myBibSonomy page). This menu usually lets you to do actions with lists of posts you see on the screen.

Let me introduce the most common available actions:

export: For the quick export of all publications or bookmarks currently displayed. Of course, the common bookmarks export formats are different from the ones we suggest for publications. You can also tune the export options for BibTex:

sort: Both date and name sort orders are available. Sorted are the bookmarks and publications that are currently displayed.

clipboard: Аdd the shown articles to the clipboard or clear all shown articles from your clipboard.

If you click "edit own entries" you will be forwarded to the page where you can delete several or all of the currently displayed posts at once or add one or more tags to all displayed posts and, of course, do all the common actions with the rest of the posts.

The last (but not least) feature is for those of you who like to work with only one type of resources (bookmarks or publications) by displaying either bookmarks or publications over the whole page width. Let me tell you about the usage of the options menu on some special pages:
CV page: Go to the "edit profile" page.

Concepts page: Go to the "edit own concepts" page.

Inbox page; Clear the inbox.

Hope you find these small Page-Options menu as useful as we do!

Happy exporting-sorting-working-tagging!

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