Instantly generates a Bibtex, RIS, Endnote, APA, MLA or (B)Arnold S. bibliography item from journal articles, books, etc. .
So what!? Why should I care about "BibItNow!" ?
Well, probably most scientists know the following situation: you are looking up a nice article that you want to cite, but you somehow run into troubles getting the bibliographic data from your browser into your citation library. It is often already hard to find the "export" button, but even if you have found it, chances are that it does not work if you use a script blocker to avoid the bazillions of unnecessary scripts that are let loose at you nowadays. And even if the export button works, the result is often useless, as it comes in an inconvenient format or contains special characters that are not compatible with your particular bibliography system of choice.
Bibliographic tools which are directly coupled to the browser, such as the popular tool Zotero, have already simplified this task a lot. However, the workflow of these tools is mostly optimized towards their own integrated library system, whereas many users might prefer different library tools while only caring about the citation data extraction capabilities. This plugin offers exactly that, a lightweight tool that focuses solely on extracting citation data as quickly and as correctly as possible. Click the extension's tool bar icon or press the browser action shortcut keys when surfing on the abstract page of a journal article, a book, a thesis, or on any other web page, and the extension will try everything to extract all the data you want. In the format you like, with the encoding it needs! Decide whether you want to simply copy to clipboard, download a file or open it with the program of YOUR CHOICE!
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- Versatility: Generates bibliography items of journal articles, books, theses and generic web pages in the Bibtex, RIS, Endnote, APA, MLA or (B)Arnold S. format.
- Quick workflow: No more need to mess with the publisher's export button! One click or key stroke (DEFAULT: ALT+C) to extract the data, and a second click or key stroke to copy the data to clipboard or download/open it with your favorite library software. The extension furthermore comes with a set of options purely aimed at improving your workflow. For example, the plugin automatically generates a clickable and easily copyable DOI link if a DOI is found, or it can generate any other user defined link based on the available citation data. The plugin can also be configured to automatically highlight the citation text, enabling completely mouseless operation.
- Simplicity: The plugin only extracts, formats and exports bibliographic data, and its functions are only aimed at avoiding the most common nuisances in these three steps. No fancy library system included!
- Compatibility: An extensively tested set of fixed extraction and parsing rules combined with URL specific adjustments allows the plugin to work on abstract pages of many publishers, including Nature, Science, Elsevier, Springer and any publisher that cares to provide commonly formatted meta data. The extension furthermore works on journal article pages of the scientific databases PubMed and Scopus, and of the open access library arXiv. You can also cite books from various sources, such as Google books or the book section of Amazon!.
- Optimized for Bibtex: Decide which bibliography field and how many authors to include, customize the bibkey, set whether to abbreviate the journal title and how to include URLs,. Special characters are automatically replaced by the corresponding Latex command, the format of names and initials is standardized, and math mode commands/formulas are preserved!
- XML formatted journal abbreviations are originally cited from the archive of the Woodward Library at the University Of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
- All latex commands for character replacements are cited from the XML Entity Definitions for Characters (3rd Edition) published by the W3C Math Working Group.
- All non-numerical HTML entities are replaced using a lookup tabled cited from the Character Entity Reference Chart published by the W3C HTML Working Group.
- The extension popup uses the CSS style reset kindly provided by Meyerweb.
- UTF16 (non-BMP) characters are read using a function kindly provided by the Mozilla Developer Network.