[Proteopedia] New feature makes it easy to add citations to a Proteopedia Page

Dan Bolser dan.bolser at gmail.com
Sat Jan 17 17:33:48 EST 2009

2009/1/17 Eran Hodis <eran.hodis at weizmann.ac.il>:
> With a great new feature Jaime Prilusky has recently added, now all you need in order to add a citation within the text of your wiki-page is the PMID (PubMed ID) number of the publication you wish to cite.
> To add your reference within your text, just type "<ref>PMID:18673581</ref>" where you would like the reference to appear.  Of course you should use your relevant PMID.
> Then, don't forget to add the wikitext "<references/>" at the end of the page, or wherever you want the list of references to be generated. Proteopedia will automatically display properly formatted references for each of the publications whose PMIDs you referenced throughout the page.
> For an example see http://www.proteopedia.org/wiki/index.php/Sandbox_1

That is an excellent feature. This kind of functionality is missing
from almost every other 'science wiki' out there! Thanks very much for
adding this to Proteopedia.

Can I ask if you are planning to make the function available as a
standard MediaWiki extension? I would love to use this function in my
own wiki projects.

One feature request would be to allow users to forget the
"<references/>" tag (a references section would simply be added to the
bottom of any page containing one or more "<ref>" tags). Also it would
be really cool if you could add a user preference to allow different
reference formatting styles. i.e. I could choose 'PNAS' format
references over 'Nature' format references.

There is a similar feature on EcoliWiki (without the automatic
formatting), however, in EcoliWiki, each PMID gets a page in a special
namespace in the wiki, allowing users to comment on or discuss the
publication. I think this is really nice because it allows users to
build a library of their favorite citations in the wiki (they link
their homepage to the relevant literature pages). Could you imagine
building such a system based on Proteopedia?

All the best,


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