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    How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    This is for my fellow academicians out here who, like me, end up accumulating lots of journal articles as pdfs on the hard drive and cannot find them just when you need to look up one! Desktop searches, unfortumately are not a good solution since a search for say an author name brings up a lot of articles where the author's name may be in the references. I have wrestled with this and ended up writing some software for myself to (automatically if possible, else with manual help) tag each pdf with the article title, author name, journal, publication date and volume number so that they can be searched now by words in title, author names, journal, year of publication or a combination of these.
    I want to know how many others find this a significant problem in their daily work and how they get around this.
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    Re: How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    have a look at referencer. I use it to tag all my articles and books and keep them organized. For academic work I tend to rely on jabref.

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    Re: How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    Just checked out Referencer myself (never heard of it before). Wow!

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    Re: How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    I use Tellico to organize my articles, it's easy to add a new "file" field to the bibliography template and it let you search/browse by author/title. When you have 50+ files of the same topic, tagging isn't enough for me. It can also can generate bibtex files!

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    Referencer looks like what I wanted.
    I will install it and see how good the automatic doi parsing is. To me, it is important to minimize the need to input information by hand and instead have most of it done automatically.
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    Re: How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    This seems a lot like a Linux version of Papers on OS X.

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    Re: How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    Quote Originally Posted by machoo02 View Post
    This seems a lot like a Linux version of Papers on OS X.
    or yep (even the interface seems familiar

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    Re: How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    I tried Referencer this spring. While it's exactly what I need to keep track of journal articles, it didn't really cut it.

    I'm definitely keeping an eye on it though, as they work the bugs out and make improvements it will be what I want/need.

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    Re: How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    referencer looks good... should be available in the ubuntu repos if you asked me...

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    Re: How do you keep your pdfs organized?

    Just one caution on referencer. I tried it and was really impressed at first. But I found that it was assigning the wrong data (author, title, journal) to some of my pdfs. It must have picked up the wrong doi from the pdf I guess.
    I reported this as a bug and I hope they fix it, as I did think it looked and worked great for the 99% of my files it worked for.

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