Managing bibliographical references

Managing bibliographical references, e.g. to maintain a website or to produce reports can be quite a time-consuming task, especially if one wants to address related questions such as backup and reliable on-line storing.

Luckily, CNRS and other academic partners (Inria, Université de Lyon and Bibliothèque Scientifique Numérique) set up an open archive some years ago: HAL (which stands for Hyper-Articles en Ligne). One of the goals of this archive is to promote open access to scholarly documents. HAL comes with web interfaces for inserting or extracting references. It is actively maintained and accessible 24/7.

Still, extracting references via web interfaces can also be time-consuming. One may prefer CLI tools to get e.g. a BibTeX file from HAL. One of these tool is HALLO.

HALLO is a perl program implementing a web-service in order to extract a list of publications from HAL. It offers an alternative to classical web interfaces to HAL. Basically, HALLO takes as an input a text file containing requests (one per line), and outputs by default a BibTeX file. More information is available from its webpage.

Last update: 2020-02-04