Solar-physicist abstract and bibdata collections from ADS

WARNING: ALL THIS IS OBSOLETE since the transition by ADS in 2019 from its “classic” to its “new” format. The tricks and scripts described below do not work anymore. The collections are no longer updated.


    "Solabs_authorname.html" solar abstract files:   directory    zipped collection (55 MB)

    "Authorname.txt" solar abstract files:   directory     zipped collection (50 MB)

    "Authorname.bib" solar bibdata files:   directory     zipped collection (16 MB)

These "solabs_authorname.html" files and "authorname.txt" files for many solar physicists contain all their ADS "abstracts" (meaning summaries).  The parallel "authorname.bib" files contain the 1:1 corresponding bibtex input data.  Tens of thousands of abstracts and corrresponding bibdata for over eight hundred solar physicists (from Abbett to Zweibel) in just a few hundred megabytes!  The abstract files have the essential publication specification information including the ADS bibcode and ArXiv eprint code.  I collect these files since many years from ADS following my own research interests.  I update them irregularly.  Some files badly mix namesakes. 

The "solabs_authorname.html" files furnish single-click downloads.  When ArXiv contains a preprint then a clicker to download that preprint appears after the ADS bibcode.  On the next line there are two clickers to ADS.  The first gets you the article if in “classic” ADS it had direct pdf access (link symbol "F") on ADS and, when publisher permission is required, if you are at a site with the pertinent license or use vpn into such a site.  The second clicker opens the ADS abstract page to get you to the website of a silly publisher that does not supply silent IP-checking to ADS but requires an irritating extra detour along their own site, or even a login.  A link to my parallel authorname.bib file sits at the top of each solabs_authorname.html file. 

Many of the solabs_authorname.html files have been found by Google.  An (alphabetically correct) example:  googling solabs_abbett gets you my latest collection of William Abett's ADS abstracts and corresponding ArXiv and ADS links.  In his case and for many others my solabs_authorname file is the top Google result.  Also for solabs_Asensio in the case of Andrés Asensio Ramos who triggered the addition of these html versions.

My own habit is to instead use the pure-text authorname.txt abstract files in my laptop for fast reading and searching per editor.  Also, grepping into these files delivers a better hit rate than searching all abstracts at ADS because this subset is limited to similar-interest colleagues, often with proper exact-name specification.

If I want to read an article I open it with script acads using the ADS bibcode listed in the authorname.txt abstract file for that author (or a co-author).  This script either finds the pdf in my laptop or pulls it over from ADS by calling getads.  If there is no pdf or pdf link on ADS, a browser window comes up instead with the ADS abstract page for clicking on the ArXiv preprint or publisher website (when available).  Script getads uses my institutional library permissions remotely, wherever I am and without vpn.  It puts the article in /tmp.  When I add an author name as optional parameter to acads, it calls getadsperauthor which puts the article in a directory for that author.

I prefer these command-line scripts because they work wherever I happen to be and open the article on my screen without a browser detour.  For non-ADS-pdf publications with an "eprint" entry in the authorname.txt files I use script getastrophperauthor.  I rarely bother to download silly-publisher articles that have no ArXiv eprint.

When I decide to cite an article I copy-paste the ADS bibcode into my manuscript, adding a brief who-and-what identifier as in:         \citetads{1991A&A...252..203R} % Rutten++ basal boundary
BibTeX then uses the parallel bibfile collection via my bibtex script to generate the citation (with corresponding ADS clicker) and the reference fully automatically, as described here.  It will flag finding duplicate bibitems ("Repeated entry") for every co-author, to be ignored since they are all the same.

I update these ADS collections irregularly using linux scripts adsauthor and hadsauthor from Alfred de Wijn's ADS tools where their usage is explained.  To use them (put them in your ~/bin) you have to also download Alisdair Allan's Astro-ADS-1.20.7.tar.gz and Alfred's Astro-ADS-1.20.7.patch and then patch and install with:

    gunzip Astro-ADS-1.20.7.tar.gz
    tar xvf Astro-ADS-1.20.7.tar
    cd Astro-ADS-1.20.7
    perl Makefile.PL
    patch -p1 < ../Astro-ADS-1.20.7.patch
    sudo make install
In my own copies of adsauthor and hadsauthor I replaced the server specification url("") by url("") which seems to admit more rapid-fire requests.  They are called by my scripts ads-newname-sloppy, ads-newname-exact, ads-renew, ads-renew-all and ads-correct-spelling to pull over new collections and to refresh the existing ones.

My ADS scripts are available here.