Friday, September 17, 2010

A list of things I miss in CiteULike

AJCann posted a blog today about what he doesn't like about Mendeley. Abhishek replied that he does not like people complain about one tool, instead of pointing out a good alternative. Mendeley has two alternatives, Zotero and CiteULike (there is also Connotea, but got behind in evolution).

Agreeing with @citeulike and @abhishektiwari, as a service provider any bad news is good news too: they provide opportunities to improve. So, as encouraged to do so, I reported my long list of things I miss in CiteULike:
  • @citeulike ok, one more. wish #18: get to also support citeulike
  • @citeulike wish #17: allow people linking between papers in their libs using CiTO to annotate how they cite papers, see
  • @citeulike wish #16: I think I saw images from some papers, right? how about doing that for #biomedcentral journals too?
  • @citeulike wish #15: at the same page, the tag cloud should reflect tag use with font sizing
  • @citeulike wish #14: upon 'post url', the first page with extraced information should allow marking as 'I am author' (cannot find that)
  • @citeulike (new) wish #12: clicking an account name should get me to a public portal, rather than just his paper list
  • @citeulike good point, wish #13: be more strong on requiring people to tag papers... and use article keywords as default tags
  • @citeulike wish #11: remove 'no-tag' from tag clouds
  • @citeulike wish #10: support #RDF export with BIBO and/or PRISM
  • @citeulike wish #9: use #foaf for the RDFa for account pages, and to mark up friends
  • @citeulike wish #8: and more generally, make #citeulike part of the #linkeddata network (provide an #rdf API)
  • @citeulike wish #7: start using RDFa, e.g. with the PRISM ontology
  • @citeulike wish #6: on an article page (like summarize the network that bookmarked that article, not just the acc names
  • @citeulike wish #5: don't show the 'copy' button for papers that are already in my archive (really a bug)
  • @citeulike indeed, but don't or do it right... wish #4: allow people to have that link automatically point to an external blog
  • @citeulike wish #3: provide summaries of lists, like article count per journal and article count per year
  • @citeulike well, I'll use the blog functoinality to summarize... wish #2: do not try to be a blogging platform
  • @citeulike (new) wish #1: put automatically focus on text field after clicking search and select all text for easy deletion
The reports are now also available in the fora of CiteULike.


  1. My definitive wish would be a browser plug-in that shows if the paper open in the current windows is already bookmarked or not. Additionally, a Greasemonkey script that does the same on Pubmed/SciVerse/WoS/etc search result pages.

  2. Hej Marcos,

    1. make sure to leave your request in their feature tracker:

    2. check this paper about userscripts, and the matching source code archive... it should not be too difficult to adapt one to do just what you want.

    Userscripts in Life Sciences