From: Eric Schulte <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: managing articles in my personal library, and their citational material, using org mode instead of bibtex
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:25:24 -0700 [thread overview]
Message-ID: <email@example.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <528B2149.firstname.lastname@example.org> (Ian Barton's message of "Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:28:57 +0000")
Ian Barton <email@example.com> 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
:TITLE: Software mutational robustness
:JOURNAL: Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines
: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
The arXiv preprint is up at http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.4224.
> You can create hyperlinks to each article from org. See
> http://orgmode.org/org.html#Hyperlinks for more detailed information.
This is handy, I start every entry with a hyperlink to the pdf file.
> However, you should perhaps decide first how you might structure your
> org file. You might want to group articles under an author heading, or
> perhaps more likely by subject area, with a sub heading for each
> article under the main heading.
Personally I'm a fan of the flat file organization. Whenever I want to
find a particular paper I just search for the first string that comes to
> You may also want to tag each article. See
> http://orgmode.org/org.html#Tags Org lets you quickly narrow your view
> of an org file so that you are only seeing headings with specific
This is a good idea. I've not used tags much previously but it looks
like Org-mode has wonderful tag search functionality. I wonder if
there's an easy way to automatically include the content of the
:KEYWORDS: property in tag searches.
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2013-11-19 16:26 UTC|newest]
Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top
2013-11-19 1:40 managing articles in my personal library, and their citational material, using org mode instead of bibtex Christopher W. Ryan
2013-11-19 8:28 ` Ian Barton
2013-11-19 16:25 ` Eric Schulte [this message]
2013-11-20 2:48 ` Alan L Tyree
2013-11-20 3:37 ` Eric Schulte
2013-11-20 6:16 ` Alan L Tyree
2013-11-20 6:27 ` Jambunathan K
2013-11-21 21:14 ` Alan L Tyree
2013-11-22 4:04 ` Eric Schulte
2013-11-22 5:37 ` Alan L Tyree
2013-11-25 10:06 ` Jambunathan K
2013-11-20 16:52 ` Richard Lawrence
2013-11-21 22:00 ` Eric Schulte
2013-11-22 4:03 ` Eric Schulte
2013-11-23 0:06 ` Richard Lawrence
2013-11-19 10:41 ` Karl Voit
2013-11-25 18:29 ` John Kitchin
2013-11-21 0:49 Jorge A. Alfaro Murillo
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