Automatically update your publication list using R scholar II – get a PDF

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Alessio apparently read my blog post on how to automatically update your
publication list using R and google scholar
. He contacted me wondering if there
is also a solution to get a PDF. Good question, thanks!

There are probably a few ways to get a PDF. Fancy ones might include the use of
knitr or the great pandoc converter, likely involving a intermediate TEX file or
so. Here, however, I tried to aim for a fast and straight-forward workaround.

Let us assume we already have a HTML version of our publication list, for
example, obtained as described in the post mentioned above. Converting HTML to
PDF can be a bit of a nightmare, particularly if you want to maintain the CSS
style of your website. What works for me is to use the Google Chrome API
function chrome_print of the R package pagedown. It is not very flexible, but
you pretty much get what you already have on the HTML page in your PDF – with a
single command. The only requirement, you need to have Google Chrome installed.

Here is my publication list as PDF.


  # link to my publication list w/o header/footer in html
  # the pdf to generate

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