CiteULike Plugin

WordPress is nowadays so common even academics use it, so why not integrate your publication list. You increase your visibility and more people might read your papers, and thus cite it. Doing this manually is possible, but after the first few changes, it becomes cumbersome.


wpciteulike enables to add bibtex entries formatted as HTML in WordPress pages and posts. The input data comes directly from, so you don’t have to maintain your bibliography at multiple locations and sites. The output is HTML and all the entries are formatted by default using the IEEE style (changeable). Several links such as the Bibtex source file, a RIS version, and links to the PDF, HTML, or RTF versions are also available from the HTML.

The workflow is now as follows:

  • Maintain your publications on (easy, supported by Springer).
  • Upon changes reset the wpciteulike database from the WordPress settings menu.
  • Done.


  • embed as many bibliographies as you want from, just provide the user name and the rest is taken care of
  • automatic HTML generation and caching for faster page loads
  • easy inclusion in wordpress pages/posts by means of a dedicated tag
  • access the single bibtex entry source code via
  • expose URL and DOI of each document (if provided)
  • automatic linking of full text files (PDF, RTF, DOC, …) that have been added on
  • settings page for easy configuration
  • filter citeulike bibliography entries by author and publication type
  • link to single citations on the page by adding “#citationID” to the URL


Version 0.7.1 is available here, works great on WP 3.0.5.


  1. download the zip file and extract the content of the zip file into a local folder
  2. upload the folder wpciteulike into your wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. log in the wordpress administration page and access the Plugins menu
  4. activate wpciteulike

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How are the entries sorted?

A. The entries are sorted by year starting from the most recent.

Q. How can I personalize the HTML rendering? =

A. On the settings page, you will find an option to change the CSS styling of the rendered HTML. Just explore, change and don’t forget to reset the cache (you can do that also on the settings page).

Feedback + Support

Just drop me an email at Please attach information about your server environment, it might help speed up things.


Sergio Andreozzi’s Bib2HTML WordPress plugin is a popular tool for rendering BibTex to HTML within blog posts and pages. Apparently it is no longer actively developed, not sure. I used some parts of the Bib2HTML plugin in the development of the wpciteulike plugin, while improving it in terms of HTML caching, full text links, DOI linking, BibTex and RIS export (via, and customizable CSS style sheets. Oh yeah, there is also a settings page and single citation linking. I threw away some features, deliberately.

Many thanks for inspiration, testing, insistence and patience go out to Christoph Bartneck, Evan Karapanos, Jun Hu and Sjriek Alers.