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Re: [O] managing articles in my personal library, and their citational m

From: Eric Schulte
Subject: Re: [O] managing articles in my personal library, and their citational material, using org mode instead of bibtex
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:37:15 -0700
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Alan L Tyree <address@hidden> writes:

> On 20/11/13 03:25, Eric Schulte wrote:
>> Ian Barton <address@hidden> writes:
>>> On 19/11/13 01:40, Christopher W. Ryan wrote:
>>>> Not sure "citational" is even a word, but hopefully it conveys my meaning!
>>>> I've been using LaTeX for academic writing and reading for quite some
>>>> time, with emacs as my editor. I'm pretty familiar with managing a .bib
>>>> file containing all the references I've collected, and using it in LaTeX
>>>> \cite commands.
>>>> I've come to org-mode more recently. I'm trying to imagine how I might
>>>> use it to manage my "personal library." I have a directory full of pdf
>>>> files, each a downloaded article. Some articles I reference in papers I
>>>> write; others I just read and want to keep.  I also have a .bib file
>>>> where I put the citational material for all those articles. Whenever I
>>>> download an article, I add its entry to my .bib file. I tend to manage
>>>> this with JabRef because it searches Medline so easily, but I also will
>>>> edit the .bib file directly when necessary.
>>>> I like the idea of an org file containing the citational information
>>>> (authors, title, journal, etc)  *plus* links to the pdfs on my hard
>>>> drive, or on the internet. I could also include my notes about the
>>>> articles. But what would that org file look like? How do I insert a
>>>> reference to an article into the org file which contains the article I
>>>> am writing?
>>>> I'd be grateful for any explanations, or links to tutorials.
>>> Can't help with managing the citations in org, as the last time I had
>>> to do this I was using a card index file:)
>>> However, to address your other questions one way of doing this would
>>> be to create an org file with a heading for each article:
>>> * Article 1.
>>> Here are some notes.
>>> * Article 2
>>> My notes
>> I've been using such an org file for most of grad school and I couldn't
>> be happier with the results.  I have a single reading.org file with one
>> top-level entry for each article I read.  Currently at 533 articles
>> (many still tagged TODO) and 16,558 lines.
>> To create each headline, I first copy the bibtex information onto my
>> clipboard, then I call `org-bibtex-yank' which converts the bibtex
>> information into a headline with properties. E.g.,
>>      * Software mutational robustness
>>        :PROPERTIES:
>>        :TITLE:    Software mutational robustness
>>        :BTYPE:    article
>>        :CUSTOM_ID: schulte2013software
>>        :YEAR:     2013
>>        :ISSN:     1389-2576
>>        :JOURNAL:  Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines
>>        :DOI:      10.1007/s10710-013-9195-8
>>        :URL:      http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10710-013-9195-8
>>        :PUBLISHER: Springer US
>>        :KEYWORDS: Mutational robustness; Genetic programming; Mutation 
>> testing; Proactive diversity; N-version programming; Neutral landscapes
>>        :AUTHOR:   Schulte, Eric and Fry, ZacharyP. and Fast, Ethan and 
>> Weimer, Westley and Forrest, Stephanie
>>        :PAGES:    1-32
>>        :LANGUAGE: English
>>        :END:
>>      file:papers/10.1007_s10710-013-9195-8.pdf
>>      The arXiv preprint is up at http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.4224.
>>      More notes...
> Is there some easy way to import entire bibtex files in this way?


> I find citations to be frustrating. Is there some way that bibtex (or
> org files such as the above) can be used to enter citations in an org
> file so that they are exported correctly by the different exporters?
> Or is there someplace where all this information is gathered and I
> just am too blind to see it?

I don't know, I personally use org-bibtex-export-to-kill-ring to convert
citations to bibtex individually and manually.

> Thanks for any help.
> Alan
> <SNIP>

Eric Schulte
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