Three of our submissions to the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) were accepted. They relate to recommender systems, reference management, and pdf metadata extraction:

Docear4Word: Reference Management for Microsoft Word based on BibTeX and the Citation Style Language (CSL)

In this demo-paper we introduce Docear4Word. Docear4Word enables researchers to insert and format their references and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, based on BibTeX and the Citation Style Language (CSL). Docear4Word features over 1,700 citation styles (Harvard, IEEE, ACM, etc.), is published as open source tool on, and runs with Microsoft Word 2002 and later on Windows XP and later. Docear4Word is similar to the MS-Word add-ons that reference managers like Endnote, Zotero, or Citavi offer with the difference that it is being developed to work with the de-facto standard BibTeX and hence to work with almost any reference manager.

Docears PDF Inspector: Title Extraction from PDF files

In this demo-paper we present Docear’s PDF Inspector (DPI). DPI extracts titles from academic PDF files by applying a simple heuristic: the largest text on the first page of a PDF is assumed to be the title. This simple heuristic achieves accuracies around 70% and outperforms the tool ParsCit which uses machine learning (accuracy between 36-50%). In addition, DPI is around 40 times faster than ParsCit, released under the free open source license GPL 2+, written in JAVA and runs on any major operating system.

Introducing Docear’s Research Paper Recommender System

In this demo paper we present Docear’s research paper recommender system. Docear is an academic literature suite to search, organize, and create research articles. The users’ data (papers, references, annotations, etc.) is managed in mind maps and these mind maps are utilized for the recommendations. Using content based filtering methods, Docear’s recommender achieves click through rates around 6%, in some scenarios even over 10%.

That means, we will be in Indianapolis  in July 2013. In a few days (Mai 28th) we have to submit the camera ready versions of the three demo papers listed above. Since we are no native English speakers, there probably are some spelling and grammar mistakes in the papers. If you are a native English speaker and would like to do us a favor, please feel free to read the papers and send us some feedback (we could also send you the word documents it you like). And a ‘funny’ side note: another three posters we submitted also received quite good feedback but were rejected only because the space for poster boots is so limited on the JCDL.

Joeran Beel

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Bruce M. · 15th July 2013 at 06:46

Dear Joeran,

I only just found your website (I was referred here by the posting re: the obsolescence of SciPlore), and, unfortunately, am too late in doing so to help you and your team with the proofreading support you requested for your papers that are to be (were??) published at the conference in Indianapolis. However, should you need additional editorial / proofreading support in the future, please feel free to contact me.

I am, by my original training, a computer engineer (software, then networking, and finally hardware), as well as being a published author (internally in the US Air Force, when I was younger, then, via Penn State Univ., in the first International Symposium on Engineered Software Systems, thence onto a great deal of corporate writing when, for the most part, my career veered into sales & marketing, and, finally, via an internationally distributed digital [PDF] magazine out of Bangalore, India, for the microfinance industry). I am providing this thumbnail sketch of my background only to indicate that I am fluent in software technologies and applications as well as the various publishing genres (internally-, commercially-, academically-, and industrially-focused formats).

As such, since I value your Docear software enough to download and benefit from using it, I would be quite happy to contribute something to your group in return, even if that small contribution is only to assist your team with making sure that articles published in English (American flavor) are properly edited for correctness of grammar, syntax, and the intent of your content.

Should this offer be of worth to you, I look forward to hearing back from you at some point in the future.

Best Regards,

Bruce M.

    Joeran [Docear] · 15th July 2013 at 08:43


    thank you very much for your offer. I will send you an email with a more detailed answer.


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