Bibdesk. Bibdesk as a. Bibliography. Manager. Export to Other BibTEX and Bibdesk for Beginners .. hyperlink, , Skim Notes. BibDesk is a BibTeX editor and reference manager. Because it is a BibTeX editor, it is important to understand at least a few things about the BibTeX file. Customizing the Table. You can control the order of the columns by moving them directly. To add a field that isn’t displayed, use the column management menu.

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The basic problem is excellently described by Olivia Judson in this article.

If you’ve ever had 85 files on your computer entitled “sdarticle Judson highlighted two pieces of software that solved her problem: Zotero is a Firefox extension, which I’ll return to in a bit, but it’s more about gathering new papers and making those new papers easier to keep organized than about organizing things you already have.


Papers, on the other hand, seemed like the tool I’d been looking for, and it’s used and loved by other scientists I know. It turned out that the open-source BibDesk could do everything I wanted, for free. Plus, it stores all its information in the BibTeX format, which a is human-readable, so even if the BibDesk project goes bust someday, you will still have all the bibliographic information available, and b I already had all my bibliographies in anyway.

I just had to open my existing. The newer versions also keep track of the “Mac OS aliases” of the linked files, so you can move them around in Finder or whatever, and BibDesk will still know where they are.

It’s an awesome feature. This is pretty great, but it’s still kind of tedious opening up a zillion BibDesk entries and hunting for the. I ended up adapting other people’s Applescripts to make it easier.

My personal filing system had previously been to create filenames including the year, journal name, and first author, so I wrote an applescript that called Unix “locate” to look for those. But actually the most effective approach for recent PDFs especially the ones with cryptic filenames such as “sdarticleXX.


New applescript revision. You can do this from either Finder or Preview — if the paper is already open in Preview, you can drag the icon from the titlebar.

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This is handy if you’ve just downloaded-and-opened the PDF out of Firefox. Then you can run it from within BibDesk’s own Scripts menu.

As an aside the “sed” commands used to search for the DOI are: I ended up working the regexes out myself after Googling “doi regex” unexpectedly failed to produce anything bibdedk, so I thought I’d save you the trouble. The original Bibdesk ADS script. Official list of Bibdesk applescripts.