Automatic reference (bibliography) creator 1

Posted by Jiro Doke,

Jiro's pick this week is Reference Creator by Valerio Biscione.

Even though I have been away from the world of academia for quite some time, I can remember and appreciate the effort that people put into writing papers. And in that process, one of the more mundane tasks is putting together the references. Not only do I need to figure out the exact article and journal names, I need to put the information in the correct format. It may not be super difficult, but it's definitely time-consuming.

Valerio's Reference Creator makes this process extremely easy. It accesses Mendeley, an online research paper database, to gather the bibliographical data based on some search criteria, such as author name and year. You can use his tool either through the command line interface or the UI. I gave it a try using a paragraph from one of my papers.

It even gave me a warning when it found multiple matches with the same author(s) and year.

Thanks Valerio for this useful tool! I'm sure a lot of researchers out there will appreciate this.

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Give this a try and let us know what you think here or leave a comment for Valerio.

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Thank you! Let me say something about few limitations in the software that you should be aware of:
– the software will not recognized names with accents.
– citations without a comma after the author list will not be recognized (this formatting is rarely used).
– the format like Surname (2013a,2013b) is not yet implemented, and in this case the software will only look for Surname (2013). However, as you said, if it finds 2 papers with same year and author(s), it will give you a warning.

Hope you’ll enjoy it!