November 6, 2006 at 11:19 am | | everyday science, literature, science community, software, wild web

I recently found a cool website: CiteULike. It allows you to easily post scientific articles that you find interesting. To post an article you find, you simply stay on the page with the article (or abstract) and click a CiteULike bookmark, which automatically imports the various fields (e.g. authors, title, journal, etc.) into your library; then you simply add your own “tags” (or categories) and submit the post. I love it!

This site has a two-fold benefit: (1) you can share this library with others who are in your field (see my Watchlist), and (2) you can rank them according to how much you want to read them and remember to read papers.

CiteULike was written by Richard Cameron in 2004 and is run by him. And it’s free! I was so happy to find CiteULike, because I came up with the idea a few weeks ago, but I don’t have enough programming experience to write such a website (I took a C++ in high school, but didn’t really do the homework).

There are probably several other sites like this one, but the only other one I’ve found is Connotea, which was commissioned and now part of Nature Publishing Group. I checked out Connotea, and even imported my CiteULike library (tags include). But I prefer CiteULike’s style and features, especially the ability to rate and sort how interested I am in reading each article (maybe that feature exists in Connotea, but I can’t find it). I hope that CiteULike eventually becomes an open-source, collaborative effort; but until then, I’m still really happy with it.

So start you own library and send me a link!


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  1. Citeulike doesn’t seem to working.

    Comment by jordan — November 7, 2006 #

  2. And Zotero seems cool, too. But so far, it doesn’t have the sharing options and it stores the stuff on your computer (instead of the web). Something to watch, though. I think Zotero is designed for the humanities; CiteULike, the sciences.

    Comment by sam — November 7, 2006 #

  3. Hi Guys, did you see recent science paper from block lab?

    I have seen at least 50 papers dealing with hairpin with optical/magnetic tweezers or AFM. I couldn’t get the striking point of that paper, how did it make SCIENCE? can someone explain?
    I have seen self repeating papers from block lab in the past, I guess Steve has a different approach.
    see (Lang MJ, Fordyce PM, Block SM. Related Articles, Links
    Combined optical trapping and single-molecule fluorescence.
    J Biol. 2003;2(1):6. Epub 2003 Feb 24.
    PMID: 12733997 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
    ) and (Lang MJ, Fordyce PM, Engh AM, Neuman KC, Block SM. Related Articles, Links
    Simultaneous, coincident optical trapping and single-molecule fluorescence.
    Nat Methods. 2004 Nov;1(2):133-9. Epub 2004 Oct 21.
    PMID: 15782176 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
    ) or (Abbondanzieri EA, Greenleaf WJ, Shaevitz JW, Landick R, Block SM. Related Articles, Links
    Direct observation of base-pair stepping by RNA polymerase.
    Nature. 2005 Nov 24;438(7067):460-5. Epub 2005 Nov 13.
    PMID: 16284617 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
    ) and( Greenleaf WJ, Woodside MT, Abbondanzieri EA, Block SM. Related Articles, Links
    Passive all-optical force clamp for high-resolution laser trapping.
    Phys Rev Lett. 2005 Nov 11;95(20):208102. Epub 2005 Nov 8.
    PMID: 16384102 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

    Comment by nick — November 11, 2006 #

  4. hmm, nick. i haven’t read that recent Science paper, so i don’t have any opinion. as for all the repetition you claim, i think the block lab was publishing steps along the way to final big results—proof-of-principle, etc. i recognize some of those papers you mention as parts of a larger whole in a research project.

    Comment by sam — November 12, 2006 #

  5. I don’t like that style, smb is an amazing guy, he doesn’t need that.

    Comment by nick — November 26, 2006 #

  6. […] The wave of social bookmarking is finally reaching scientific journal articles. What YouTube,, and digg are to stupid videos and strange websites, now biowizard, CiteULike, and BioInfoBank are to scientific articles. (See also my previous post about CiteULike.) I suspect Connotea, with some social features already existing, is on its way to more filtering of scientific articles, too. […]

    Pingback by Everyday Scientist » scientific article filtering — January 19, 2007 #

  7. There is another website called SciOrbis for organizing your papers and also reading and writing reviews on them.

    I co-wrote it with a friend mine. You can import your papers in BibTex or a bunch of other formats.

    Comment by leeza — April 1, 2008 #

  8. cool, i’ll check it out!

    Comment by sam — April 1, 2008 #

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