Blog plugin KCite excites research papers

I just discovered the KCite WordPress plugin from a team at my alma mater which lets you improve reference citations in your blog

Install and activate the plugin and surround any DOI or PMID number with the following tags: [cite][/cite] and the link becomes automagically active. A mouseover brings up the full citation instantly and a click or two takes you to the reference.

From the developers’ page: “The KCite plugin provides a means for referencing scholarly works in WordPress posts. The author includes a unique identifier for a publication in their post, and the plugin queries a web service to retrieve metadata about that publication. This metadata is then used to build a bibliography at the foot of the post, with in-place citations in the text referring to it.”

The team explains that their plugin uses the CrossRef API to retrieve metadata for Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and NCBI eUtils to retrieve metadata for PubMed Identifiers (PMIDs).

If you cite research papers in your WordPress blog, you might like to check it out at

4 thoughts on “Blog plugin KCite excites research papers”

  1. I wasn’t entirely sure what I meant either, there is document sharing via Mendeley, I believe, so if the hook was there a user visiting a kcite link might be able to get the full paper from their work group…that kind of thing?

  2. It’s a good question, although it depends what you mean by hooks. We have managed to have Mendeley generating kcite cite tags and dropping identifiers in place, but only experimentally. I have also thought about enabling kcite to use the Mendeley API to retrieve metadata; but, my focus has been on trying to to make primary identifiers (URL, DOI or arXiv) useful to people, so it’s never been a high priority for me. I’d also like to be able to cope with ISBN and ISSN, but at the moment cannot find a good sources for metadata.

    The great thing with standards is, of course, there are so many to choose from. Nowhere is this more true, it seems than with identifiers for bibliographic resources are good examples.

  3. Thanks for touching base. It’s a useful tool, I’m running it on my site for now and may extend to itself soon. Wondering if there’s some hooks it might have for Mendeley, ResearchGate etc…

  4. Glad that you have found the plugin. It supports arXiv identifiers and general URLs as well (making, for example, this post citable). Soon, we will have user selectable citation styling (actually, we already have this, but it’s marked as experimental).

    We also have a plugin called kblog-metadata, which is much younger, but worth looking at (in my estimation!). It works at the other end of citation process, so that you can control what happens when someone cites your work. You can add multiple authors, custom container titles (useful for scientists who post their own papers, but want it to cited as part of a conference or journal).

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