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How do I post articles to my CiteULike library?

There are several ways:

From another website, e.g., a journal

  1. From a journal's website, use the bookmarklet
  2. You can copy the article's URL into the form on this page. (Available as "Post URL" under the "MyCiteULike" menu.)

From within CiteULike

You can browse and search CiteULike in various ways. Once you have found an article of interest, use the [Copy] link to add to your library.

  1. You can search CiteULike (or just browse) to find articles of interest. Use the link on the right hand side of the menu bar.
  2. You can browse or search groups to find groups with similar interests to your own and see what they're reading.
  3. See what's hot on CiteGeist
  4. Keep an eye on what's been recently added
  5. Browse journals to see what's new.
  6. Keep an eye on your recommendations
  7. See what your neighbours are reading.
  8. Build up a Watchlist

Can I post anything to CiteULike, or just academic articles?

You're welcome to post anything you like, including arbitrary web sites (but read the FAQ section about non peer-reviewed articles not being as prominently displayed). You could, if you wanted, use CiteULike to keep track of your browser's bookmarks. It is, however, a tool specifically designed to work with academic papers, so if you just want just use it as a bookmark manager, you might be better off using another service like We do not allow CiteULike to be used for SPAM - we will delete SPAM where we find it.

Can I post to CiteULike without leaving the original journal page? (What happened to the post using a popup?)

We have several different bookmarklets you can use, including variants with popups.

Any other posting tricks?

Custom Protocol Handlers

Firefox (and maybe other browsers) support custom protocol handlers You can install a few for DOI, PubMed and ISBN on this page. Once you install the custom protocol handlers, whenever you see a DOI, PubMedID or ISBN, simply cut and paste "doi:xxxxxx", "pmid:xxxxx" or "isbn:xxxx" into the browser address bar (don't worry about capitals or spaces after the ":") and it will post directly to CiteULike. This is especially useful if either

  • The site is not supported by CiteULike or
  • The page you are on is not the one you want to post (e.g., the DOI is a reference to another article).

You can also install our new advanced bookmarklet which adds support for these custom protocols in a different way.

Posting from Google Reader

(From CiteULike user, Andrei a.k.a ansobol)

  • In Google Reader go to the Settings page (Top right corner before My account)
  • Choose the "Send To" tab (extreme right).
  • Click "Create a custom link" right at the bottom of the tab.
  • In the "Name" field enter CiteULike (or whatever you wish).
  • In the "URL" field enter:${url}&title=${title}
  • In the "Icon URL" enter
  • Click the "Save" button. You should now see this new option. Post to CiteULike
  • Below every Google Reader item, clicking on Send To > CiteULike launches the posting pop-up window with the article details filled in.

Send Google Reader item/article to CiteULike

External Resources

You can watch a YouTube video about how to post articles to CiteULike here: (thanks to user dcdc).

I'm having a problem posting from PubMed.

The URL I am trying to post is

NOTE: Installing our advanced bookmarket will solve this problem. The following is mostly for historical interest or for those users not using this bookmarklet.

It all stems from the way PubMed deals with the case when there's precisely one result for the search term you type in. Normally you'd type in your phrase, get a list of possible results, and then click one to get the the article summary page. Under those conditions, you'll notice that you get a page with a URL which contains enough information to work out which article you're looking at. On the other hand, when there's only one result which matches your search term, you'll find that the URL doesn't give you this information. In other words, it's not possible to bookmark that page. Consequently, CiteULike can't work out which article to bookmark.

The workaround is to reload the article:

  1. Click the "related articles" button on PubMed.
  2. Find your article again (it's usually the top hit).
  3. Try posting it again to CiteULike.

Firefox users might want to consider installing a Greasemonkey script called "Post Entrez PubMed Citations to CiteULike" by CiteULike user, Ted Kandell a.k.a. Archaeogenetics. This script adds a "Post to CiteULike" icon and link to every pubmed article on the pubmed search page. It also works on pages that don't have a PMID number in their URL. You can add variations (such as the pubmed URL + your library proxy domain) to the script to make it work for all the PubMed pages, regardless of their URLs.


Tagging Multiple Articles: Check the first article
Tagging Multiple Articles: Tagging panel appears

CiteULike has a flexible filing system based on tags. You can choose whichever tags you want, and apply as many as you like to a paper. You can use tags to group papers together.

Tagging Multiple Articles

  • On your library page, tick the checkbox closest to the first article.
  • This makes the tagging panel visible.
  • Use the options on the panel along with checkboxes next to articles to tag multiple articles simultaneously.

Private Tags

Any tag beginning with a * will only be visible to you.

Other Tags

You can also assign a "for:<username>" tag to an article where <username> is a connected CiteULike user. For more detail on "for:<username>" tags, see section on connections.


How do I delete an article?

  • Click on the article you want to delete.
  • Just below the citation details, you will find these five options: [Delete] [Edit] [Copy] [Duplicate] [Posts] [Blog] [Share]
  • Click on [Delete] to remove the article.

How do I delete multiple articles?

The easiest way is tag all the articles with a temporary tag, then delete all those articles using the technique below.

How can I delete all the articles in my library?

You do this by giving all your articles a common tag.

  • Go to "My CiteULike" -> "Tags" and select "Rename"
  • Click on "manually".
  • Enter "%" in the first box, "all-articles" (say) in the second and click on the "Go" button.
  • When you view your library, all articles should be tagged "all-articles"
  • Delete all the articles using this tag, as described below

How can I delete all the articles with a given tag?

Select the tag to want to delete by either,

  • clicking on the tag link beneath an article in a list, or
  • selecting the tag from your tag cloud, or
  • going to "My CiteULike" -> "Tags" and selecting a tag from the list.

Select the link at the top of the page "Delete all <tagname> articles"

Copying articles between libraries

How do I copy articles from someone else's library to my library?

  • Click on the article you want to copy.
  • Just below the citation details, you will find these five options: [Delete] [Edit] [Copy] [Duplicate] [Posts] [Blog] [Share]
  • Click on [Copy].
  • You will be taken to an article posting page.
  • Enter as many details as you like.
  • Click the "Post Article" button (or Enter)

How do I copy articles in my library to a public or private group?

  • Click on the article you want to copy.
  • Just below the citation details, you will find these five options: [Delete] [Edit] [Copy] [Duplicate] [Posts] [Blog] [Share]
  • Click on [Copy].
  • You will be taken to an article posting page.
  • Enter as many details as you like.
  • Check the Checkbox for the private or public group under the section: "Post To"
  • Click the "Post Article" button (or Enter)

My Publications

Marking articles as your publications.

How do I highlight and list the articles in my library that I have authored?

  • You can create a list of publications that you have authored on your MyCiteULike > Publications page.
  • Once created, other CiteULike users as well as visitors can see this list.
  • To mark a publication as your own, click on the article in your library page, scroll down and check the box next to: Yes, I am one of the author(s) of this article.
  • The article will then appear on your "My Publications" page.

How can I get my publications on my own website

One way is to get your library as JSON/JSONP

The output is fairly self-explanatory. This will only return "public" articles (theoretically one could authentical via a separate JSON call but this is unlikely to be suitable in a JSON context).


Why is there a link [My Copy] next to some articles?

The [My Copy] link indicates that you already have a copy of that article in your library.

Clicking on the title of an article will take you to the copy owned by the user shown below ("Posted by ...."). Clicking on the [My Copy] link will take you to the copy of the article in your library.

The [My Copy] link is there even if it's your copy in the first place, otherwise it might be confusing.

Why is there a PDF icon next to some articles?

The File:Pdf.gif‎ icon indicates that you have a PDF copy of the article in your own library. See here for more details.

Reviewing and Rating articles

Using the reviewing/rating option.

Be the first to review and rate an article.
Review and rate an article.
Write another new review for an article.

On the article details page, scroll down to locate the review link. If no CiteULike users have reviewed the article, click on "Be the first to review this article". You can fill in the review form and add an article rating (from 1-5 stars).

If CiteULike users have already reviewed the article, you can see their review and rating when you click on the review link. You can also click on "Write a review of this article" to create a new review and rating of the article.

The list view of articles will show the average rating by all the CiteULike users who have reviewed and rated the article.

Using Tags for rating articles

Tags make a flexible substitute for rating articles.

One suggestion is to use private tags, say "*rate1"..."*rate5"

You can then do a search for, say,

tag:[*rate3 TO *rate5]

Another idea is tag to the articles "*x" ... "*xxxxx". Searching for


will find tags with 3 or more "x". (Note that the leading * is treated specially, not as a wildcard)

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