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There was recently a question about finding BibTeX formatted citations, which listed CiteULike. I would love to take the shortcut, and replace the BibTeX executable with cultex, which takes CiteULike is replacement for the foo.bib file.

Is there such a utility yet, and/or is there critical mass to develop such a BibTeX replacement?

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cultex? Is this vapourware? – Charles Stewart Oct 8 '10 at 12:06
It's an idea... I thought that was clear when I asked about 'critical mass to develop'... :( – Egon Willighagen Oct 8 '10 at 18:03
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biblatex with biber supports this now. You can now use a remote URI which returns a valid datasource file (like .bib). See the biblatex manual, section 3.5.1 for examples using citeulike. You have to be using biber as the backend.

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And you have to use \addbibresource instead of \bibliography as described in the question about differences between these two commands. – matth Nov 11 '11 at 19:05

You are aware of biblatex-biber, I hope. This does have a critical mass, but is taking a different approach to CiteULike. One of the big challenges is storing bibliographic information for arts and humanities. The idea in biblatex-biber is to use a suitable XML format for the job.

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I found the simplest approach to use CiteULike groups, and use a Makefile like this:

        @wget -O book.bib http://www.citeulike.org/bibtex/group/14384

For group 14384.

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Why isn't "@wget -O book.bib citeulike.org/bibtex/group/14384"; enough? – Sylvain Feb 2 '11 at 9:33
Ah... well, sometimes I add stuff from other sources before the wget command :) I will update the code here. – Egon Willighagen Mar 13 '11 at 9:18

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