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Social Bookmarking tools for scientists: a test

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Social bookmarking tools enable people to bookmark interesting resources on the web, tag them, and share the information with other users.

Scientists want to store, search, and share professional, scholarly literature.  Today there are four established social bookmarking tools serving academic purposes:

  1. CiteULike (,
  2. Connotea (,
  3. BibSonomy (,
  4. and 2collab (

 In social bookmarking, users play the key role. The whole idea is to profit from content created by a large number of users.

The competition among BibSonomy, CiteULike, and Connotea raises the question of whether one service will be able to gain an edge over its competitors.

Results of the test:

The road testing was to create 10 references from various publishers to see how often bookmark was successfullty created without subsequent manual correction

    • 480,000 visits per month
    • +++: Citegeist (most popular articles)
    • Road testing: 8/10
    • 690,000 visits:per month
    • +++: My Library toolbox
    • +++: target the medical community
    • Road testing: 3/10
    • 620,000 visits per month
    • Road testing: 4/10
  • 2COLLAB:
    • 44,000 visits per month
    • Road testing: 1/10

Because of its poor abilities (except with ScienceDirect references) 2collab is renamed “2collapse” by authors of the article!

Sabrina Reher; Stefanie Haustein. Social Bookmarking in STM: PUTTING SERVICES TO THE ACID TEST. ONLINE, Vol.34, N°6, Nov-Dec 2010, pp. 34-42


Written by hbasset

December 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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  1. Let us know which articles “failed” so we can look into it. Mostly we have to “scrape” HTML pages to get metadata which is inherently a fragile process – most of my work is probably keeping that code working but we normally need users to report problems.


    Fergus Gallagher

    December 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    • Hi Fergus,

      the two articles that failed can be accessed via DOI 10.1109/MIS.2007.50 (“IEEE Intelligent Systems” via respectively 10.1038/sj.leu.2403612 (“Security Studies” via ISI Web of Knowledge).

      Kind regards,

      Sabrina Reher

      December 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

  2. […] Social Bookmarking tools for scientists: a test « Science Intelligence and InfoPros. […]

  3. Mendeley is another useful site for sharing scientific article.

    Suji george

    March 3, 2011 at 11:40 am

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