CiteULike is a social bookmarking service for academics. Instead of letting users catalog web pages (like “Furl” or “del.icio.us”) or photographs (like “Flickr”) it specialises in academic papers, and provides specific tools for that purpose.
It is also very important to mention that CiteULike is a free service to help academics to share, store, and organize the academic papers they are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there’s no need to type them in you. It all works from within your web browser. There’s no need to install any special software.
Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer. You can share your library with others, and find out who is reading the same papers as you. In addition, this can help you discover literature which is relevant to your field but you may not have known about.
CiteULike has a flexible filing system, so you actually stand a chance of being able to find that article that you stored a few months ago when you need it.
Only links to the papers are stored; the papers themselves stay in archives like CiteSeer or PubMed. At the moment the database is dominated by biological and medical papers, but there is no reason why, say, history or philosophy bibliographies, that should not be equally prevalent. The system currently supports: AIP Scitation, Amazon, American Chem. Soc. Publications, American Geophysical Union, Anthrosource, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) portal, MUSE, PubMed, PubMed Central, Science, ScienceDirect, Scopus, SpringerLink, Usenix, Wiley InterScience, arXiv.org e-Print archive, and plenty more. But you can post any other article from any non-supported site on the web – you’ll just have to type the citation details in yourself.
You will always be able to manage your own personal library, and view other libraries on the site at no charge. The central database is backed up every fifteen minutes, and the information in your library is safe and secure.
- CiteUlike. Frequently asked questions. Retrieved: the 29th of August, 2007, at 20:19 in: CiteUlike