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Is is possible to get references from a paper? For example, given that paper A cites paper B, C and D, i wanna to extract Bibtex of B, C and D from A. Is is possible to do this conveniently? Thank you for any help!

EDIT: A more concrete example: I have paper A which cites many other papers such as B, C and D. I wanna some ways to directly get bibtex of all these cited papers in paper A.

marked as duplicate by Mico bibliographies May 26 '17 at 12:39

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    Welcome to TeX.SE. Please clarify what exactly you mean by "extract Bibtex of B, C and D from A". – Mico May 26 '17 at 11:45
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    Some database systems record the references in a paper, sometimes they can be extracted from the database. An example where this definite works is adswww.harvard.edu. ams.org/mathscinet provides references but no means to download them as .bib directly, so does apps.webofknowledge.com. – moewe May 26 '17 at 11:45
  • What I mean is that I have paper A which cites many other papers such as B, C and D. I wanna some ways to directly get bibtex of all these cited papers in paper A. – ytutow May 26 '17 at 11:48
  • Presumably some of the known citation database programmes such as Mendeley, Zotero and EndNote also have a similar option. – moewe May 26 '17 at 11:48
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    The information is not in the PDF or, even, the .tex, if that's what you're asking. So what a database provides will be the best you can get unless something like Zotero can parse the PDF directly, or you can get the .bib or .bbl as above. – cfr May 26 '17 at 11:58

Step 1:

The source code of the article is available from arxiv.org/format/1506.02564. Unfortunately this does not contain the .bib file, but "only" the .bbl file.

Step 2:

To extract the desired information from the .bbl file, one can try to convert it back to a .bib file. This can for example be done with text2bib.economics.utoronto.ca

The result will be something like

author = {R. M. Neal},
journal = {Handbook of Markov Chain Monte Carlo},
title = {{MCMC using Hamiltonian dynamics}},
volume = {2},
year = {2011},

Step 3:

Check the result and correct the output of this automatic conversion. For example the entry shown above should probably changed to @inbook.

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    This example of a "quasi-automated approach" is, I'm afraid, both well-intentioned and an excellent illustration of some of the things that can go badly wrong with this approach. First, @article is definitely not correct as the entry type; it should be either @inbook or @incollection. Second, the journal field name should be changed to booktitle and the volume field name should be changed to edition. Third, the fields editor, address, publisher, and pages should all be supplied as well. I strongly suspect one would be better off building the entire entry from scratch. – Mico May 26 '17 at 12:34

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