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Is there a way to easily rename an academic pdf to author names+year+title?

  1. Jul 23, 2011 #1

    Simfish

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  3. Jul 23, 2011 #2

    Choppy

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    You mean as opposed to right click on the file, rename, and type in whatever you want the file to be called?
     
  4. Jul 23, 2011 #3

    Simfish

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    Yes true
     
  5. Jul 23, 2011 #4
    Adobe Bridge. Batch rename.
     
  6. Jul 23, 2011 #5

    eri

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    If you download Mendeley (free for all OS) you can easily search and sort your papers by year, authors, title, keywords, and more.
     
  7. Jul 24, 2011 #6
    You could write a script that goes into the file, write some regular expressions to figure out what the author/title/whatever really is, then simply rename the file to those variables. I think it's somewhat straightforward, although I'll be honest I'm not entirely sure how easy it would be to read a PDF document. There must be some Python libraries to do that for you though. It's worth looking into I think.

    EDIT: There's something called bibtex that my professor recommended to me once to store all of the papers I wanted to. I think the system is largely already in place, so probably my above comment wouldn't be the best use of your time.
     
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