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Managing references with CiteULike

I’ve just set up an acount with to keep track of papers. Speaking from my first impressions, here are some advantages and disadvantages:


  • Clear and intuitive layout
  • Can import and export BibTeX references.
  • Can export EndNote and RSS.
  • Lets you manually edit BibTeX citation keys (unlike Connotea).
  • Lets you upload a personal .pdf copy.
  • Can automatically add a post from a number of publisher’s URLs, via a bookmarklet.
  • You can also manually add a citation, in case it is not online (again, seems this is not possible with Connotea).
  • The interface for searching your articles is intuitive and fast (for my handful of articles so far), and there’s a nice function for filtering by keywords (tags) either within your own library or for all articles.
  • Haven’t tried the function for “groups”, but this could be nice for labs.
  • It is free.


  • It does not recognize doi.
  • When I visit a publisher’s URL via the university library website, CiteULike is not able to extract information about that article, even though it can extract the information just fine when I visit the publisher’s URL directly (probably has to do with the library proxy servers?).
  • It is not open source

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