Thursday, 3 April 2008

Exporting to Social Bookmarking Tools from EndNote

Exporting from EndNote to a social bookmarking tool allows you to share references from your EndNote library with colleagues over the web without additional software or signing in. There are a few challenges, however.

  • CiteUlike will only accept Imports using BibTeX. EndNote can Export to a BibTeX format, but in the attempts this blogger, not in a format that is acceptable to CiteUlike.

  • Connotea and 2Collab do accept a number of formats including RIS. EndNote will Export to RIS as this is a cross platform format for Thomson products including EndNote and Reference Manager. Both Connotea and 2Collab look for valid identifiers (ASIN, URL or DOI) in each record and only Import those that are valid. In other words before you Export from EndNote you need to check that each record has a valid identifier. The easiest way to add one is to use a DOI if it exists, for example Read on for more information.

  • Connotea appears to be more EndNote friendly, the Import page has specific advice for EndNote users and invites feedback. Connotea also accepts other EndNote file formats EndNote Refer and EndNote XML (Experimantal on Connotea), only available in EndNote XI.

Preparing to Export to a social bookmarking tool

For the records you want to export Edit the URL field and add in a valid identifier.

Exporting from EndNote

  • Select the records you want to Export

  • Choose an Export Style from the Choose An Output Style menu

  • Clicking on Category groups the Export Styles together and makes them easier to find - choose RIS - RefMan (RIS) Export

  • From the File menu choose Export and save File

  • Import into social bookmarking tool using RIS as a file format

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

ProCite - new Forums from Thompson Scientific

ProCite was the bibliographic software that Bournemouth University promoted before taking out a site licence to EndNote. If you are still using ProCite and want to ask for support you can use the Forum just opened by Thompson. You will see if you visit that the key question is has ProCite been abandoned for ever? or is this part of a plan to re-invent ProCite. Read the Forum ...

Tuesday, 1 April 2008


OpenID solves the problem of creating multiple identities, one for each time you register for a new service. OpenID's can be created from a number of well known and simple providers.

There is searchable a directory of sites that use OpenID's. It includes well known providers of blogs, social bookmarking and social networking sites. OpenID is not universal but appears to be gaining momentum with Yahoo offering an OpenID service. Google now allows comments on blogger using an OpenID.

OpenID is simple to use and easy to set up. Choose your OpenID provider and create your OpenID. You will be given a web address which you enter when you register for a new service. Your identity is authenticated through you OpenID provider. You choose to go through with the registration.

You might want more than one OpenID according to the intended purpose. One to bundle personal applications and one to bundle applications for a research project. There is a lot of dicussion about security and privacy - so you might not choose to us OpenID for things that are 'life critical'.


List of OpenID links on