Promoting Your Research with Citeline - An Advanced Bibliographic Citation Publishing Service
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Faculty, their collaborators and affiliated research groups, and associated support staff are often burdened with exposing and promoting their research contributions across multiple departmental, center, laboratory, and personal websites. Maintaining current publication lists across these various exposure forums presents numerous challenges to productivity, consistency, completeness, and persistence. Moreover, the resulting web pages are often not terribly useful from an end-user perspective in that they lack the dynamic features present in many publication database systems like filtering, sorting, grouping, searching, and citation gathering services that make it easy for end-users to quickly identify content of interest. In response to these challenges, MIT Libraries has created Citeline (http://citeline.mit.edu), an online service (built from fully open source tools) to facilitate the web publishing of author bibliographies and citation collections as interactive exhibits and to facilitate the sharing of this type of information with interested researchers. The service makes it simple for authors, librarians, research assistants and others to create attractive online bibliographies simply by uploading a batch of citations in BibTeX, a standard packaging format for bibliographic citations. All standard bibliographic management softwares (e.g., Zotero, EndNote, RefWorks) and many online publisher sites and institutional repositories support export of this format for future citation. Citeline parses this consistently formated data and allows the author to customize the look-and-feel of the exhibit, as well as the extracted data available for faceted browsing (e.g., co-authors, publication type, year, institution, publisher). The citation data resides on a server and is accessed via a web service. This allows exhibit authors to update their publication list centrally through the Citeline service and have those updates be automatically applied to any departmental, center, laboratory and personal websites that present locally branded versions of the exhibit. End-users of the published exhibits have functionality available to them that isn't currently found in static HTML publication lists - namely, they can interact with the data to quickly identify content of interest. The ability to search the bibliographic metadata (including abstracts if present), filter the displayed citations using data 'facets', sorting and grouping the displayed citations as desired, selecting from multiple views of the data (e.g., displayed list or plotted on a timeline), and to export the citations (full list or filtered results only) in a number of available formats including BibTeX, presents the end-users with an attractive and robust discovery tool for bibliographic content of interest. Moreover, since BibTeX supports the inclusion of DOIs and URLs for linking to content, authors can easily provide end-users with access to their scholarly publications without the time-consuming effort to manually add this information by editing the HTML of their publication lists. The presentation will showcase Citeline, its utility as a value-added service to our research communities, its flexibility to showcase various types of repository content, and will explore some future directions currently being considered.