Skip to content


Switch branches/tags

Name already in use

A tag already exists with the provided branch name. Many Git commands accept both tag and branch names, so creating this branch may cause unexpected behavior. Are you sure you want to create this branch?

Latest commit


Git stats


Failed to load latest commit information.
Latest commit message
Commit time

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.


Interactive publications lists with JavaScript + Bibtex







No releases published


No packages published