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Bib Manager and Word Citer: Bibliography Management and Citation Extraction

Fernando Sáenz-Pérez


This article describes two tools for managing and using BibTeX bibliographies. The first tool, Bib Manager, allows the user to manage references and store them both as relational databases as well as the usual .bib text plain files. The second tool, Word Citer, allows the user to cite and list references, stored in a database or in a .bib file, in a MS Word document with the selected bibliography style. It relies on another open-source project, LaTeX2RTF, which we use to provide format to the list of references as well as to generate the citation text. Bib Manager is cross-platform, free, and open-source. Word Citer has the same features but, obviously, it is not cross-platform. Both of them will be distributed under GPL.

Fernando Sáenz-Pérez writes: I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Complutense University in Madrid (Spain). LaTeX was almost my first choice (after Chi-Writer) for writing technical documents on a workstation, when PCs were first introduced. Since then, I have used this document preparation system for writing papers, articles, books, slides, and my PhD thesis. My research interests include declarative programming (logic, functional, constraint programming), (deductive) databases, and natural language processing (ontologies). Other interests include videogames — I am involved in teaching in the class "Developing Videogames", and have developed an 80's videogame. I have been in close contact with companies in developing software for many years, and find this provides useful feedback from the real world as we continue to do university research. You may contact me at

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