Inline Citations with Kcite

Since version 1.6.3, Kcite [1] has supported inline citations. This enables a researcher to cite any article without the presence of a URL, arXiv ID or other identifier. This article describes how to use this facility and why you should not use it!


Why not use it?

This is not intended as a heavy-weight reference management solution. Without an public identifier, it is harder for readers to find the publication being cited, and the citation is ambiguous. Kcite now supports arbitrary URLs [2], while Kblog-Metadata can be used as to add multiple authors [3], or change the container title [4] of a post; this allows authors to use their kblog as a preprints server for their own work. For those occasions where a public URL does exist, but Greycite [5] fails to return good metadata, Greycite provides a “Report an Error” facility; finally, publishers of the public URL can be encouraged to add metadata.


How to use it.

Kcite provides an additional shortcode which can be used to cite work. For instance [fullcite author="Lord.P;Cockell.S;Stevens.R" title="Three Steps to Heaven" date="2012" location="Sepublica"] will be rendered as [6]. This format is very rigid. Authors must have a single initial, and be separated with a “;“. All four fields should be present, and no further fields are supported.

References

  1. S. Cockell, and P. Lord, "KCite Plugin", Knowledge Blog, 2011. http://knowledgeblog.org/kcite-plugin
  2. P. Lord, "Citing URLs with Kcite", The Knowledgeblog Process, 2012. http://process.knowledgeblog.org/246
  3. P. Lord, "Adding Multiple Authors to a Post", The Knowledgeblog Process, 2012. http://process.knowledgeblog.org/257
  4. P. Lord, "Changing the Container Title", The Knowledgeblog Process, 2012. http://process.knowledgeblog.org/275
  5. P. Lord, L. Marshall, P. Lord, and L. Marshall, "What is Greycite?", The Knowledgeblog Process, 2012. http://process.knowledgeblog.org/289
  6. P. Lord, S. Cockell, and R. Stevens, "Three Steps to Heaven", Sepublica, 2012.