Interactive publications lists with JavaScript + Bibtex
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bib-publication-list to automatically generate an interactive HTML publication list from a BibTeX file

Getting Started

First, load the required JavaScript files:

<script src="jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="bib-list-min.js"></script>

Include the CSS:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="bib-publication-list.css" type="text/css" />

All you need to do is to include the BibTeX into an HTML page and tell the script to turn it into a sortable and searchable table. For example:

<table id="pubTable" class="display"></table>
<pre id="bibtex">@article{Karavirta:JVLCTaxonomy,
   title = {A comprehensive taxonomy of algorithm animation languages},
   journal = {Journal of Visual Languages \& Computing},
   volume = {20},
   number = {1},
   pages = {1--22},
   year = {2010},
   issn = {1045-926X},
   doi = {DOI: 10.1016/j.jvlc.2009.09.001},
   author = {Ville Karavirta and Ari Korhonen and Lauri Malmi and Thomas Naps}

Finally, the bib-publication-list needs to know the input data element and the output table. So, one line of JavaScript:

bibtexify("#bibtex", "pubTable");

Alternatively, the bibtex can be loaded from a file. Personally I prefer including it in the HTML, though. This way, browsers without JavaScript enabled get at least to see the bibtex instead of a blank page. This causes an ugly-looking flash of unstyled content, though.

bibtexify("example-biblist.bib", "pubTable");

The result looks like my publication list at:

If you want to fix the flash of unstyled content, you can hide the #bibtex element and make it visible when JavaScript is disabled. To do that, add

#bibtex { display: none; }

to your CSS and

<noscript><style>#bibtex { display: block; }</style></noscript>

to your HTML.

Configuration Options

The bibtexify function accepts an optional third parameter for configuration options. These options include:

visualizationA boolean to control addition of the visualization. Defaults to true.
tweetTwitter username to add Tweet links to bib items with a url field.
sortingControl the default sorting of the list. Defaults to `[[0, "desc"], [1, "desc"]]`. See ( for details on formatting.
datatablePass options to the datatable library used to create the table of publications. See ( for available options.
defaultYearEntries without a year will use this as year. Defaults to "To Appear".

Building from source

There is a Jakefile for building the combined and minified versions with Jake and a Makefile for building with make.


This code uses some great libraries: jQuery, DataTables, and JavaScript BibTeX Parser.