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

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.


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.


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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