October 2009 : a new release (bibus 1.5.0)

  • OOo3.1 compatibility
  • Infinite number of file/http links
  • Clever capitalization (lord of war => Lord of War ...)
  • Better handling of journal abbreviations
  • Import/Export filters can be added easily (plugin)
  • journal abbreviations and shortcuts can be easily edited (simple csv file that can be edited in OOo/excel or a text editor)
  • Lot of bug fixes
  • Requires python2.5 (not a problem anymore under Windows since OOo3.1 includes 2.6)
  • Requires wxpython-2.8

Bibus and Jabref

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Export from JabRef, then Import into Bibus

In JabRef you can either copy the whole BibTeX-source of the corresponding reference or right-click on the publication you want to export, choose "Export to Clipboard" and use the EndNote export format. This can be imported in Bibus by File / Import / Text Window. There you paste the contents of your clipboard (usually by pressing Ctrl-V) and choose either the "BibTeX" or the "Refer_EndNote" import filter, depending on whether you copied the BibTeX source or the EndNote format.

If you use the EndNote-way there are some small problems:

  • The journal title ends up in the Book Title entry field
  • The last two authors end up on one line and need to be separated by hand
  • The BibTeX identifier ends up also in the field Custom 2

Alternative method

Since the Jabref database is in BibTeX format, one can simply save the Jabref database and import this file into Bibus. However, after saving the Jabref database, it might be a good idea to use a text editor to find and replace any numbers in parentheses after author names. Otherwise, author names show up as "Smith, John (1)". Having corrected all author names, the BibTeX file can be imported into Bibus using File / Import / BibTeX (selecting UTF-8 encoding).

This method works great for references from PsycINFO which are in CSA (Eric?) format (default file name of the saved results is csaresults.txt). CSA-formatted PsycINFO references can then be imported into Jabref, saved as BibTeX and imported into Bibus.

However, a CSA import filter for Bibus would make this a lot easier.

Update to Alternative method

Doug Morse has slightly modified JabRef's standard "CSA" import filter to create a "PsycInfo (CSA)" custom import filter that fixes the annoyance mentioned above as well as a few other ones. For more information, see:

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