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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: 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; 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

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