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Is there a software which can parse pdfs and extract bibliographic references? ACM DL is a web service which can give that info like here: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=296806.296823&coll=ACM&dl=ACM&CFID=98288669&CFTOKEN=12911537 Mendeley's current release can't do this, would someone confirm: link

Hello - This feature was removed in 0.9.7 because it was consuming a fair amount of resources (client and server side) without providing enough value. We plan to re-introduce it in an improved form in future

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Seeing this problem with a bit of perspective, an idea would be to embed bibliographic metadata in PDF files. Maybe biblatex can do that or can be made to? –  Damien Pollet Sep 2 '10 at 15:58
@Damien: You can use the hyperref package to add DOI hyperlinks to the bibliography entries in your PDF files. Almost all papers have DOIs nowadays, and they uniquely identify the paper; no need to add anything else. –  Jukka Suomela Dec 9 '10 at 14:07
@Jukka well sure, but adding the DOI with bibtex does not make it easily extractible from the PDF… –  Damien Pollet Dec 9 '10 at 16:51
@Damien: Why not? I'm referring to PDF hyperlinks that point to a URL of the form http://dx.doi.org/something; it should be very easy to extract all such hyperlinks from a PDF file. –  Jukka Suomela Dec 9 '10 at 16:58

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Try cb2bib.

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tried it...uses pdf2text from externtools/xpdf..its very incorrect in the output it generates –  iceman Aug 16 '10 at 20:59
  1. Install Mendeley (It is Free).
  2. Open it.
  3. Select all PDF files.
  4. Drag and drop all the files into Mendeley Interface
  5. It is done, It will sort all your references.
  6. You can Export .bib file now and use it in Jabref, Lyx or Latex.
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