launched by creators of

News - Oct 2014: launched by Textensor, the company behind is the major new version of, the original online PDF collaboration service running since 2008. lets you set up shared workspaces for in-depth discussions of PDF papers online. Free accounts are available, with Research group and University-wide licenses for integration with Moodle and Blackboard. Sample applications for research and teaching include tutorial group discussions of papers and course documents, online feedback of student assignments and essays, discussing drafts of PhD theses and papers with research students. launches university-wide services for populating open access repositories

News - February 2010:, the service used by over 14,000 researchers worldwide for maintaining their publications lists online, now offers a solution for universities and colleges to help them present their research output online and harvest into open access repositories.

A university can install the PublicationsList software locally, and offer a self-archiving and personal publications list management service for all its researchers. At a time when there are increasing pressures on researchers and institutions to increase the impact and accessibility of research, the service appeals to individuals by making it easier for them to maintain an up-to-date publications list on the web.

The publications lists are also available for automated harvesting and archival into institutional repositories, making it easier to realise the benefits of open access to research.

The Workflow for DSpace integration with PublicationsList describes how PublicationsList can be used as a front end for the DSpace repository system, offering an automated way to populate repositories using harvesting. This workflow was developed as a follow-on from a JISC-funded research project EM-Loader which investigated using the SWORD interfaces for batch deposit. special offer for Open Access Week (19th - 23th Oct 2009), the service used by over 12,500 researchers worldwide for listing their publications on the web, announces a special offer to celebrate open access week.

All new researchers who sign up to list their publications on during Open Access Week can get a free 1-year upgrade to PublicationsList Professional.

To take advantage of the offer: offers services to researchers, research groups and universities to help maintain up-to-date lists of research output, with links to full text open access copies. The standard service is free for individuals; the Professional version supports full text hosting of open access preprints and integration with departmental websites and repositories. find out more... adds a full text search feature and thumbnails

News - October 2009: research groups and departments now have a simple way to search their publications. The new search feature in automatically builds up an index of group publications, which can be searched by title, author and keyword.

Individual researchers simply maintain their personal publications list, and the group pages are updated automatically. If an open access PDF has been attached, then a thumbnail is shown alongside the search results.

You can try out the new search feature on this sample list, and create a group account online.

Over 9000 researchers now on!

News - February 2009: Over 9000 researchers have now registered from these organisations and more to host their publications on since its launch. Browse the author index to see who hosts their publications list on the site, view a sample list or register to try it now and put your own publications list online.

There's a new review posted on the NextGenerationScience blog .

Textensor Launches - Annotate documents online.

Documents have long been the information dead-ends of the web, needing separate plugins and viewers to download and read them. Now enhances PDF, Word documents and any web page to allow highlighting text, interactive comments and discussion right in the web browser.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 4th April 2008: Textensor Limited, the Edinburgh University startup company behind, today launched, a new service that everyone can use to discuss, review and index their documents online.

A.nnotate lets users attach notes to precise places in the text of PDF, Word documents and web pages online. It is easy to use and operates in a web browser: simply highlight text to write a note. All notes, documents and tags are added to your personal searchable index making it simple to get back to the right place. Uploaded documents are initially private, but can be shared by emailing a link. This lets several users comment on the same online copy of the document and add replies to each others notes. It acts like a shared online version of Word or PDF comments but avoids the usual problems of emailing documents back and forth and having to merge comments from different people.

Applications include peer review of research papers, indexing documents and web pages, web research and collaboration on writing new documents. It is also being used for content curation and populating scientific databases. Curators tag words or phrases in articles which are then used to create database and index entries. The advantage is that claims in the database are then backed up by references to the precise source and context in the literature.

According to Dr Robert Cannon, co-founder of Textensor Limited, "This is for anyone who has ever made a note in the margin of a printed copy but then couldn't find it later, or had problems reading other people's handwriting. It is about coping with the overwhelming volume of documents that we have to handle in a more efficient and reliable way. You can put web pages, PDF and Word documents in the same system and be sure that you can return to an exact place on the page later, and also share your comments securely with colleagues online."

The system is available as an online web service and also for in-house licensing. It operates entirely within a web browser and does not require any plugins. Further details and a free trial are available from

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Enhanced features for research groups included in latest update

News - 12 September 2007: now offers enhanced features for helping research groups and departments manage their publications lists. Each group account now includes a group-wide publications list page [sample] combining all publications from individual members' publications lists, and a group home page with links to members' pages [sample].

Staff members maintain their own individual publications lists, and the group list is automatically kept up to date, with any duplicate entries removed. The combined list can also be embedded within your own web site, providing a convenient way for research groups to minimize the overheads of keeping their publications online and up to date. The list can be filtered by keyword (useful for highlighting particularly significant publications, or listing publications associated with a project or grant), and also by year. more about the new group features...

In addition, a number of other improvements requested by users were added. User-defined types of publications can now be included in your publications list, in addition to the standard journal / book chapter etc categories; choose the 'Other' category of publication, and type the heading you wish to appear in your list, e.g. 'Research Grants Awarded', 'Music Scores' etc. If you have requests for more new features to be added, please let us know.

Find out more about the new features for research groups, or sign up for a free group trial.
Individual researchers can sign up to put their publications list online. now supports import from Web Of Science

News - 16 June 2007: The site now has an enhanced author index and also lets you import details of your publications from ISI Web Of Science if your institution has a subscription to this citation database. These features complement the integrated PubMed search and import from other bibliography formats (bibtex, endnote, reference manager) to make it simpler to keep your online publications list up to date.

Register to try it now, browse the updated author index or find out more about importing from Web Of Science. now includes a PubMed / MEDLINE search interface with email alerts to help keep your publications list up to date

News - 27 May 2007: The site now includes an integrated PubMed search interface for finding details of your publications and adding them to your online publications list.

This makes it extremely quick and easy for bioscience and biomedical researchers whose publications are indexed on PubMed / MEDLINE to keep their online publications list up to date. Creating an online publications list is now simply a matter of searching by author name using the built in PubMed search interface, selecting the publications to add to your list and clicking the 'Import' button. All citation details, including abstracts, keywords, PubMed IDs and DOIs will be automatically added to your list. Searches are run on the PubMed database provided by NCBI (NLM, NIH).

The author search can also be saved as an email alert, which will send automatic notifications as soon as your new publications have been added to PubMed, and when they are further indexed for MEDLINE.

Register to try it now or find out more about the new integrated PubMed search interface... now offers FREE online hosting of publications lists for individual researchers

News - 10 May 2007: The site now offers a free hosting service for individual researchers to host a personal web page listing their publications, with easy import / export from standard bibliography formats. The online service makes it much easier to create and maintain your publications list with links to full text versions, abstracts, notes and keywords.

Users can upgrade to an enhanced Professional version (low cost subscription) which provides online hosting space for self-archiving of uploaded PDF papers, and allows publications lists to be easily and seamlessly embedded within external web pages such as the researcher's personal or departmental home page.

Discounted subscriptions are available for research groups and departments who can use to provide a service to help faculty members keep their publications lists up to date and online, with a minimum of effort, all seamlessly integrated on the group / department's own web pages. The service is particularly useful for gathering submissions for research assesment exercises conducted by funding bodies.

Register to try it now or find out more...

Press release: launched to improve access to self-archived and open-access academic publications

Now there is nothing stopping every researcher having a professional and up-to-date list of their publications on the web.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 23 April 2007: Textensor Limited, an Edinburgh University startup company, today announced a new easy-to-use, on-line service designed to let researchers maintain a comprehensive public record of their research output with links to full text versions of papers.

With growing interest in open access journals and institutional repositories, an author's home page still remains the obvious starting point to access their work. But all too often personal web pages are out of date or do not link to full text versions of papers even when they are available.

Textensor's new service, launched today at, is designed to make the process of maintaining a comprehensive publications list on the web as quick and straightforward as possible. For most researchers this is the single most important aspect of their web presence.

Authors who already have their publications organised in reference management systems can simply upload the file to have them all imported in one go. For biomedical researchers, the system will also accept identifiers from PubMed, the central repository of bioscience papers, then fetch all the required data automatically.

Links can be included to full text versions of each paper and, where the publishers allow it, PDF files can be uploaded directly. This means the service can be used for individual self-archiving although Textensor anticipates that most users will prefer to link out to the various journal websites or institutional repositories where their work is already archived. The system will also host abstracts, keywords, and the author's own notes about their publications. These can be particularly useful, for example to indicate where a more recent publication supersedes an earlier one, or to add links to related work.

The key feature of is that it focuses on the requirements of the individual and remains a fixed point as they move between institutions in the course of their career and publish in a range of journals. To this end, it also allows the user to include their contact details and bibliography, and their papers are listed at a straightforward and memorable URL such as "". Hosting publications on is free for research students and there is a low cost subscription for academic staff.

According to Dr Fred Howell, co-founder of Textensor Limited, "Academic home pages can be something of a liability, with old or broken pages and incomplete or outdated information. And anyway, why should academics have to learn to be web developers? We provide a single place to quickly and easily publish the information that matters most to academics - their publications list. It makes it simpler for others to cite their work and boost their impact factor."

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