Zotero 4.0 is out

My reference manager of choice, Zotero, just released an update, Zotero 4.0, with loads of new functionality. For the highlights, see here.


Docear 1.0 Beta 5 now with Zotero support

It looks like the people behind Docear had a look at my personal wishlist with some great new features (unfortunately one of these features is Windows only, see below). Most important, in my opinion, Docear now comes with Zotero support. This is really great news.

On Windows (or if you run one of the recommended pdf readers under Wine), it comes with much better PDF Reader support, with pdf’s being opened on the page of an annotation. Moreover, annotations from RepliGo, an Android pdf reader, can also be imported by Docear.

See here for a overview of all new features and improvements.

JournalTOCs – a convenient way to follow your favorite journals

I just came across JournalTOCs. It is a website for, and I am quoting, “anyone who’s looking for the latest or most current papers published in the scholarly literature with international coverage”. It is a free service with a very large searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs). Continue reading “JournalTOCs – a convenient way to follow your favorite journals”

Finding and renaming long file names with R

I have never given it a though, but there is apparently a limit to the length of file names that can be handled by Windows Explorer of Windows XP. I found out when trying to copy my Zotero folder to a computer with Windows XP. I was getting error message of folders that could not be copied, suggesting that my HD was full. I checked a few of these folders and they all contained one or more files with very long file names (>250 characters). Continue reading “Finding and renaming long file names with R”