Discussion: Reviews and Comments

In BibSonomy, you can comment and rate publications and bookmarks very easily. This way, you are able to discuss publications with other users, write reviews or give your opinion on a publication in form of "stars".

Discussions in BibSonomy

Every user who is logged in can discuss every resource (bookmark or publication), even if the resource isn't in their collection. For every resource, there can be several entries in the system (for example entries from different users). The discussions always belongs to the resource itself, not to any of the entries. Because of this, the links to the discussion of an entry always direct to the same discussion page, the discussion page of the resource.

Entries with limited visibility: Private entries or entries with limited visibility (for groups or friends) can be discussed, too. But in this case, a public copy of the entry is created when the first comment/review is written. This copy neither belongs to the owner of the original entry nor to the user that starts the discussion. It simply belongs to the system. Before a copy of an entry with limited visibility is created, a warning will appear before a user starts the discussion. Private notes won't be copied.

Important: There's a difference between reviews (with rating) and comments (without rating). Every user can write only one review for an article, but any number of comments. Reviews and comments can be edited or deleted by the user at anytime.

Rate publications/bookmarks

Goal: You learn how to rate an existing entry (bookmark/publication).

Prerequisite: You have to have a BibSonomy user account (How to create a new user account) and you have to be logged in (Sign in with BibSonomy user account).

  1. Click on the stars that are located below an entry (bookmark/publication).


  2. In the detailed view, you can see the details of a bookmark/publication as well as comments and reviews further below.

    In the following, you get short explanations of the sections A, B and C:

    • A (rating distribution): These two diagrams show all given ratings. The left diagram shows the rating distribution.
      In the right diagramm the user ratings are shown once more in form of stars (0 stars = very bad, 5 stars = very good).

    • B (create comment): Here you can create your own comment/your own review for this article.

    • C (earlier comments): In this section, you can see all existing comments/reviews for this article that are visible for you. Furthermore, you can see who wrote the comment/review and when. Below each entry, you have the possibility to answer to it (**the black arrow**). With this feature, you can react to existing reviews/comments.


  3. To write a review or comment, fill in the following fields in section B (create comment). See picture below.

    1. review or comment: Choose if you want to write a review or a comment. When writing a review, you can rate an entry (on a scale of 0 to 5). The more stars you give, the better you rate the entry.

    2. write your review: Here you can enter the text of your review.

    3. anonymous: If you check this checkbox, your review will be visible publicly, but your user name won't be published with it.

    4. visibility: Set who can see your review.

      • public: Every user can see the review.
      • private: Only you can see the review. This option is suitable for your own notes.
      • friends: The review will be visible only for your friends.
      • groups: Choose the group that should be able to see your review.
  4. Finally, click on Review to save and publish your review.


Advice: The average rating of an entry is calculated by using all given reviews, also the private ones. That means, if you write a private review, the text of the review is only visible for yourself, but the rating contributes to the average rating calculation.

Comment reviews

Reviews written by other users for a publication/bookmark can be commented any number of times. To comment a review, click on the black arrow below the review.
Writing a comment is the same as writing a review, except the fact that in comments you can't rate an article.