Emacs DBLP Mode for better Papers in LaTeX

25 10 2010

Do you remember the last time you were writing a paper and you knew that you reached the perfect point for a citation. You knew the author or the paper but you did not want to lookup the BibTeX entry or even create it? So you started to use rDBLP, but now you have to lookup the citation key every time again and again. Since your BibTeX file is now build after the paper was compiled the first time, there is no chance to use common BibTeX management tools.

As a consequence from this problem I wrote a small minor mode for Emacs that allows to search the DBLP database directly from Emacs and insert the correct citation key.

To install this minor mode follow these steps:

  1. Go to your local site lisp directory – e.g. ~/.emacs.d/elisp
  2. git clone git@github.com:grundprinzip/dblp.el.git
  3. and now add the following lines to your Emacs configuration to activate the minor mode as soon as you enter LaTeX mode
;; DBLP mode
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.emacs.d/elisp/dblp.el")
(require 'dblp)
(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'dblp-mode)

If you want to use the querying hit “C-M-c” if the DBLP mode is activated and this will start an interactive mode to query DBLP.

Currently the minor mode requires Ruby to be available on the platform. I plan to port the parser and querying to Lisp but currently it’s easier for me to write it in Ruby. Do you have any comments or questions, please leave me a message in the comments.


rDBLP version 0.4.5 released

11 10 2010

DBLP version 0.4.5 is more or less a maintenance release. It fixes several connection problems and as an improvement removes the cross-reference from the BibTeX entry. The book title in the main entry is now replaced by the title of the cross-reference. This should be more convenient with regards to the limited space in a research paper.

To update your gem execute

sudo gem install dblp

For more detail see my original post.


rDBLP — Easy BibTeX Management for your Research Paper

31 08 2010

Maintain your LaTex bibliography files using DBLP

It’s always the same, you write a paper / thesis and you are searching for source, than you modify them until they fit into the format you are currently using. But this should not be. A better way is to extract the right key from DBLP and automagically create the correct bib file. You think this is magic? No it’s not, it’s so easy.

There are only two prerequisites for using rDBLP on your computer:

  1. Make sure Ruby and RubyGems are installed
  2. Make sure you have a working internet connection

To install the gem execute this from you command line:

sudo gem install dblp

Once this is done you can use it directly for any LaTex file. Imagine you have LaTex file containing somewhere the following citation.

The entity shaping used in web services as discussed in \cite{DBLP:conf/IEEEscc/GrundKZ08}...


When you run now the dblp command in your terminal, the program will read the auxiliary files from the compilation and extract the requested DBLP citation sources. Than it will download them and store them directly in a file called “dblp.bib” which you can use in your LaTex document.

dblp my_file

To make it really easy, here is a screencast I did for my small little tool:

If you have any questions, feel free to ask via mail or contact me using Twitter.