Managing publication lists in HTML

Note: This post was originally written by David Ketcheson and updated to my case.

As an academic, it's a good idea to maintain a professional website with a list of your publications.  Ideally, this list should include links to where visitors can download the papers (PDFs) and any related code.  In my case, I also maintain a website for my research group that has another publication list. Of course, you need to maintain local reference files with the citation info for your publications (for inclusion in later publications), as well as your CV.

Maintaining all these separate lists can become very tedious, which is probably why most academics' sites are usually out-of-date.  Here's how I automate much of it:

#pub {padding: 5px; border-width: 2px; border-style: none; background-color: #eee4b5; font-size: 1.2em; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px;}
#pub a{font-weight: bold; color: #09434e;}
#pub name{font-weight: bold; color: #09434e;}
#pub journal{font-style: italic;}


The workflow for adding a new paper to an html bibliography is:

  1. Add the paper in Mendeley.
  2. Export bibtex from Mendeley.
  3. Run Python scripts.
  4. Paste resulting HTML into the appropriate file.

Again, it would be simpler if I could use Bibbase (cutting out steps 2-4).  It's still fairly painless, and it's easy to generate new bibilographic lists or customize the look of existing ones.

Update by Xiaodong Qi: In Jekyll, like this site, you can also use the Jekyll-scholar suit to manage bibtex database for your publication page in html. If you use php or Wordpress on your web server, you can use the bibtexbrowser tool. I have customized one version under my Github repo which is used for CQuIC's website site at for a better outlook for physics publications.
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