bibtexbrowser: publication lists with bibtex and PHP

by Martin Monperrus
bibtexbrowser is a PHP script that creates publication lists from Bibtex files. bibtexbrowser is stable, mature and easy to install. It is used in 100+ different universities around the globe (in 329 different domains according to Google).

This documentation is collaborative, you can improve it using a pull request on GitHub (file bibtexbrowser-documentation.wiki).

Major features
Other features
Download
Bibtexbrowser Ecosystem
Demo and screenshot
Basic installation
FAQ
  How to embed a publication list in an home page?
  How to change the reference style?
  How to change the link style?
  How to specify the encoding of bibtex files (UTF-8/ISO-8859-1/etc.)?
  How to disable Javascript progressive enhancement?
  How to remove the "[bibtex]" links?
  How to change the reference indices?
  How to use the "Academic style"?
  How to get the individual bib pages embedded as well?
  How to add links to the slides of a conference/workshop paper?
  How to localize bibtexbrowser?
  How to change the default frame?
Related tools
Copyright
Discussion/Comments/Feedback

Major features

* bibtexbrowser generates Google Scholar metadata so as to improve the visibility of your papers on Google Scholar.
* More and more academics use bibliographic software like Zotero or Mendeley. bibtexbrowser generates COinS for automatic import of bibliographic entries with Zotero and Mendeley.
* People can subscribe to the RSS publication feed of an individual or a group so as to being kept up-to-date: bibtexbrowser generates RSS feeds for all queries (simply add &rss at the end of the URL)! demo
* bibtexbrowser can display all entries for an author with an academic style (i.e book, articles, conference, workshop): demo
* bibtexbrowser can be used to embed a publication list into another page: demo
* bibtexbrowser is easy to install: just a single file.

Other features

* (10/2013) support for localization (see below)
* (07/2012) new label types (see config value ABBRV_TYPE)
* (10/2011) if a bibtex entry contains a field gsid (like Google Scholar ID), bibtexbrowser includes a link [cites] to the cited-by page of Google Scholar (e.g. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=15080874515065717592)
* (03/2011) bibtexbrowser includes a hide/show mechanism for bibtex entries (in Javascript, see configuration variable BIBTEXBROWSER_USE_PROGRESSIVE_ENHANCEMENT)
* (10/2010) bibtexbrowser now supports cross-references (Bibtex crossref)
* (09/2010) bibtexbrowser now supports multiple bibtex files (bibtexbrowser.php?bib=file1.bib;file2.bib)
* (05/2010) bibtexbrowser adds links to your co-author pages if you define the corresponding @string (see function addHomepageLink)
* (01/2010) bibtexbrowser can handle user-defined bibliographic styles
* (10/2009) bibtexbrowser is able to generate a bibtex file containing only the selected entries (simply add &astext at the end of the link)
* (10/2009) bibtexbrowser is now independent of the configuration of register_globals
* (01/2009) bibtexbrowser allows multi criteria search, e.g. demo
* bibtexbrowser replaces constants defined in @STRING
* bibtexbrowser is very fast because it keeps a compiled version of the bibtex file (PHP object serialized)
* bibtexbrowser is compatible with PHP 4.x and PHP 5.x
* bibtexbrowser can display the menu and all entries without filtering from the file name passed as parameter demo
* bibtexbrowser can display all entries out of a bibtex file demo
* bibtexbrowser can display all entries for a given year demo
* bibtexbrowser can display a single bibtex entry demo
* bibtexbrowser can display found entries with a search word (it can be in any bib field) demo
* bibtexbrowser can display all entries with a bib keyword e.g. "?keywords=components". It matches against the "keywords" bibtex field. demo
* bibtexbrowser outputs valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional
* bibtexbrowser can display all entries for an author demo
* bibtexbrowser can be used with different encodings (change the default iso-8859-1 encoding if your bib file is in UTF-8 define('ENCODING','UTF-8') )


Download

You may try bibtexbrowser without instllaation by uploading your bibtex file at http://my.publications.li.
For feature requests or bug reports, please comment this page below; patches can be contributed as pull requests on github:)

Stable Version: bibtexbrowser.php
Changelog

Don't hesitate to contact me to be added in the lists of bibtexbrowser users:-)

Bibtexbrowser Ecosystem


The following uses bibtexbrowser under the hood:
* A custom citation style for bibtexbrowser adhering to the IEEE citations guidelines (on github)
* Generating publication lists in Latex using http://www.monperrus.net/martin/bibtex2latex
* Feeding a MySQL database from the content of a bibtex file
* Publication lists in Wordpress with wp-publications
* Hosted publication lists at http://my.publications.li

Demo and screenshot


Demo: Here, you can browse a bibtex file dedicated to software metrics

bibtexbrowser screenshot

Basic installation

Create a bib file with the publication records (e.g. csgroup2008.bib) and upload it to your server.
* Use the link bibtexbrowser.php?bib=csgroup2008.bib (frameset based view)
* Use the link bibtexbrowser.php?bib=csgroup2008.bib&all (pub list sorted by year)
* Use the link bibtexbrowser.php?bib=csgroup2008.bib&all&academic (pub list sorted by publication type, then by year, see "Sectioning in academic mode" below)

Warning: bibtexbrowser maintains a cached version of the parsed bibtex, for high performance, check that PHP can write in the working directory of PHP.

Handling mutliple bibtex files: If you want to include several bibtex files, just give bibtexbrowser the files separated by semi-columns e.g:
bibtexbrowser.php?bib=strings.bib;csgroup2008.bib

FAQ


How to embed a publication list in an home page?


Sorted by year Sorted by publication type
For a group/team/lab <?php
$_GET['bib']='csgroup2008.bib';
$_GET['all']=1;
include( 'bibtexbrowser.php' );
?>
<?php
$_GET['bib']='csgroup2008.bib';
$_GET['all']=1;
$_GET['academic']=1;
include( 'bibtexbrowser.php' );
?>
For an individual <?php
$_GET['bib']='mybib.bib';
$_GET['author']='Martin Monperrus';
include( 'bibtexbrowser.php' );
?>
<?php
$_GET['bib']='mybib.bib';
$_GET['author']='Martin Monperrus';
$_GET['academic']=1;
include( 'bibtexbrowser.php' );
?>

How to change the reference style?


By modifying the CSS

If bibtexbrowser.css exists, it is used, otherwise bibtexbrowser uses its own embedded CSS style (see function bibtexbrowserDefaultCSS). An example of CSS tailoring is:
.date {   background-color: blue; }
.btb-header { }
.rheader {  font-size: large }
.bibref {  padding:3px; padding-left:15px;  vertical-align:top;}
.bibtitle { font-weight:bold; }
.bibbooktitle { font-style:italic; }
 

For instance, one can tweak the output by disabling the display of some headers and pieces of information.
.bibmenu {display:none} /* disables the [bibtex] and the like */
.bibanchor {display:none} /* disables the index [1] or [Name2010], etc. depending on the value of the configuration value ABBRV_TYPE and BIBTEXBROWSER_LAYOUT
.theader {display:none}
.sheader {display:none} /* disables the year header e.g., 2001 */
 

By setting your own style function
The bibliography style is encapsulated in a function. If you want to modify the bibliography style, you can copy the default style in a new file, say bibtexbrowser-yourstyle.php, and rename the function DefaultBibliographyStyle in say MyFancyBibliographyStyle.
Then, add in the file bibtexbrowser.local.php:
<?php
function MyFancyBibliographyStyle(&$bibentry) {
  return $bibentry->getTitle().' ('.$bibentry->formattedAuthors(.')';
}
define('BIBLIOGRAPHYSTYLE','MyFancyBibliographyStyle');
?>
 

See Janos Tapolcai's style, which looks like IEEE references (see function JanosBibliographyStyle), and Kai's one another custom citation style for bibtexbrowser adhering to the IEEE citations guidelines (on github).

For contributing with a new style, please drop me an email

How to change the link style?


By default each bibliographic entry is followed by
[bibtex] [pdf] [doi], etc.

This can be tailored by configuring as follows (in the file bibtexbrowser.local.php)
getBibLink();
  
  $result .= ' '.$bibentry->getLink('url');
  
  // Google Scholar ID. empty string if no gsid field present
  $result .= ' '.$bibentry->getGSLink();
  
  // returns an empty string if no doi field present
  $result .= ' '.$bibentry->getDoiLink();
  
  return $result;
}
?>
 

You can use your personalized function to add support for new fields in bibtex (pdf, file, etc.). Check-out the documentation of functions getLink(), getBibLink(), getGSLink() and getDoiLink(): they accept an optional argument for providing an image/icon instead of printing text.

  // returns an empty string if no pdf field present
  $result .= $bibentry->getLink('pdf','http://url.to/icons/pdf.png');
  // returns an empty string if no slides field present
  $result .= $bibentry->getLink('slides');
  // returns an empty string if no poster field present
  $result .= $bibentry->getLink('poster');

How to specify the encoding of bibtex files (UTF-8/ISO-8859-1/etc.)?



By default, bibtexbrowser assumes that the bibtex file is UTF-8 encoded. If you want to change it to e.g. ISO-8859-1, add into bibtexbrowser.local.php:
define('ENCODING','ISO-8859-1');
Note that if the bibtex only contains latex-encoded diacritics (e.g. \'e), it does not matter. The encoding of the bibtex file and the one of the generated HTML is identical.


How to disable Javascript progressive enhancement?

add into bibtexbrowser.local.php:
define('BIBTEXBROWSER_USE_PROGRESSIVE_ENHANCEMENT',false);

How to remove the "[bibtex]" links?

@define('BIBTEXBROWSER_BIBTEX_LINKS',false);

How to change the reference indices?

// index => [1] The essence of metamodeling
// year => [2005] The essence of metamodeling
// x-abbrv => [SoSyM] The essence of metamodeling if the bibtex entry contains a field x-abbrv
define('ABBRV_TYPE','year');// may be year/x-abbrv/key/none/index

How to use the "Academic style"?


The default academic mode creates four sections:
- books
- articles and book chapters
- workshop papers (for entries containing "workshop" in the field booktitle)
- others.

You may create your own one in bibtexbrowser.local.php (see also "By creating a bibtexbrowser.local.php" below):
define('BIBLIOGRAPHYSECTIONS','my_sectioning');
function my_sectioning() {
return  
  array(
  // Books
    array(
      'query' => array(Q_TYPE=>'book'),
      'title' => 'Books'
    ),
  // Articles
    array(
      'query' => array(Q_TYPE=>'article'),
      'title' => 'Refereed Articles'
    ),
  // Conference and Workshop papers
    array(
      'query' => array(Q_TYPE=>'inproceedings'),
      'title' => 'Conference and Workshop  Papers'
    ),
  // others
    array(
      'query' => array(Q_TYPE=>'misc|phdthesis|mastersthesis|bachelorsthesis|techreport'),
      'title' => 'Other Publications'
    )
  );
}

How to get the individual bib pages embedded as well?

define('BIBTEXBROWSER_URL',"");


How to add links to the slides of a conference/workshop paper?

You can simply fill the comment field of the bib entry with an HTML link:
@inproceedings{foo,
author="Jean Dupont",
title="Bibtexbrowser",
year=2009,
booktitle="Proceedings of the BIB conference",
comment={<a href="myslides.pdf">[slides]</a>}
}
This comment field can also be used to add acceptance rates and impact factors.

How to localize bibtexbrowser?

Add in bibtexbrowser.local.php:
<?
global $BIBTEXBROWSER_LANG;
$BIBTEXBROWSER_LANG=array();
$BIBTEXBROWSER_LANG['Refereed Conference Papers']="Conférences avec comité de lecture";
... 
$BIBTEXBROWSER_LANG['Year']="Année";
?>

How to change the default frame?

Add in bibtexbrowser.local.php:
<?
// or any valid query: year=2010, author=Jane, etc.
@define('BIBTEXBROWSER_DEFAULT_FRAME','all');
?>

Related tools


Old-fashioned:
bibhtml, bib2html, bibtohtml, bibtextohtml, bibtex2html, bibtex2web, stratego bibtex module
Unlike them, bibtexbrowser is dynamic, i.e. generates the HTML pages on the fly. Thus, you do not need to regenerate the static HTML files each time the bib file is changed.

Heavyweight:
PHP BibTeX Database Manager, bibadmin, basilic, phpbibman, aigaion, refbase, wikindx, refdb
Unlike them, bibtexbrowser does not need a MySQL database.


Main competitor:
SimplyBibtex has the same spirit, but the project seems dead since 2006

Misc:
This matlab script is similar

Copyright


This script is a fork from an excellent script of Joel Garcia, Leonardo Ruiz, and Yoonsik Cheon from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Bibtexbrowser is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Discussion/Comments/Feedback