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Allows the use of BibTeX citations within a Pelican site

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Allows the use of BibTeX citations within a Pelican site. This plugin is based on the pelican-bibtex plugin written by Vlad Niculae and pelican-cite written by Chris MacMackin and aims to improve the following points:

  • More flexibility using configuration
    • The user can use any label, soring and naming style
    • The user can create their own Jinja2 template for bibliography and label (This is still a TODO)
  • Better maintainability
  • Everything is tested with PyTest


To install simply run pip install pelican-cite and add it to the PLUGINS section of


How to Use

This plugin reads a user-specified BibTeX file and generates bibliographic information within your articles and pages.

If the file is present and readable, then content will be scanned for references to citation keys. These take the format [@Bai2011]. The format [@@Bai2011] is also possible for backwards compatibility with pelican-cite by Chris MacMackin.

If a citation key is used which does not exist within the BibTeX file then a warning will be displayed.



Location of the BibTeX file.

The BibTeX file may, optionally, be appended on a per-article basis by supplying the meta-data publications_src.


Defines how names will be formatted in the output. Styles included in "Pybtex" are "plain" and "lastfirst". Defaults to None.


Defines how the labels will be formatted in the output.

Styles included in Pybtex are "alpha" and "number". Defaults to "alpha"

Author_year label style

There is also a custom style available called "author_year_1" and "author_year_2". The first will show labels like (Author,year), the second will show labels like Author (year)

You can use this by installing it with pip install pybtex-author-year-label.


Defines how the bibliography will be sorted. Styles included in Pybtex are "author_year_title" and "none". Defaults to "author_year_title"

Usage in Pelican template


Labels are rendered with the BIBLIOGRAPHY_LABEL_STYLE setting, and you cannot set anything in the template.


Use out of the box template

You can add the bibliography anywhere in your template. pelican_cite comes with a rendered bibliography out of the box. Simply add the following to your template:

{% if article.bibliography %}
    {{ article.bibliography.rendered }}
{% endif %}

This will use the template from pelican_cite/templates/citations.html to render a bibliography

Create your own template

You can also create your own template. To do this article.bibliography has a cites attribute.

Attribute Description
article.bibliography.cites.cite_key The id you used for the citation in your .bib file.
article.bibliography.cites.ref_id The cite_key, without spaces.
article.bibliography.cites.rendered_entry A rendered string containing the citation.
article.bibliography.cites.count The number of times the entry was cited in the article.

Here is a template to get you started:

{% if article.bibliography %}
<div id="citations">
    <ol class="references">
        {% for cite in article.bibliography.cites %}
            <li id="{{ cite.ref_id }}">
                <span class="reference-text">{{ cite.rendered_entry }}</span>
                {% for i in range(1, cite.count + 1) %}
                    <a class="cite-backref" href="#ref-{{ cite.ref_id }}-{{ i }}"
                       title="Jump back to reference {{ i }}">
                                    {{ i }}
                {% endfor %}
        {% endfor %}
{% endif %}

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