Thursday, October 4, 2012

Feature of the week: Posting by ISBN

Many people store not only paper publications in BibSonomy, but also entire books. You can either submit all necessary information like authors, publisher, title manually, by submitting a bibtex snippet or by submitting only the ISBN of a publication. In this post, we will shed some light on the latter possibility.

The ISSN (red) and the ISBN (green), as given on the backside of an edition of Lecture Notes in Computer Science (

As you can see in the image above, the ISSN and (as is the case most of the time) the ISBN are usually printed on the backside of a book you might want to store in your publication list. The ISSN is meant mainly for series of publications, e.g. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. The ISBN on the contrary is unique for each book or publication. By entering the ISBN in the form provided, BibSonomy will look it up at WorldCat ( and automatically fill in all the provided data, turning posting publications with an ISBN into child's play.

Screenshot of the BibSonomy "Post Publication" page with the ISBN tab opened
After submitting the ISBN, you instantly get all required data for posting your publication in your personal stream:

The inserted data after submitting the ISBN
Now you can proceed as usual and add tags as well as further suitable information that you think is missing.

Happy posting and (of course) tagging!

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