mind your Classical Scholar Research Framework is a LaTeX / BibTeX / JabRef based collection of readily configured files for managing the whole process of writing a research paper in humanities – including searching and evaluating the secondary literature, maintaining the bibliographical data, generating abstracts and extracts and writing the final work. But all these steps shall follow the rules of the classical scholar research process and writing style.

Initially, I needed a little old-fashioned presentation style for writing some scientific psikeds documents. But while elaborating that framework, it get more an more it’s own life. So, at the end it was time to give the software it’s individual name, license and open Github repository.


As a collection of prepared and readily configured files for managing the whole process of writing a research paper in humanities, myCsrf offers a complete set of BibTeX-, LaTeX- and Makefiles for

  • searching and evaluating secondary literature,
  • for maintaining the bibliographical data,
  • for generating abstracts and extracts and
  • for writing the final work.

The most prominent property of the myCsrf is its’ method for presenting citations in footnotes (or endnotes) following the rules of the classical scholar style as most as possible.

Examples in the package

For demonstrating the usage, myCsrf contains a self explaoining little text about the meaning of classical scholar research texts, in 4 versions:


Before having a successful download you need some “ingredients” …

After fulfilling the perequisites you can download myCsrf.

Then simply unpack the downloaded package: You may extract the package and rename the extracted directory wherever and however you want. For writing your own classical scholar research texts have a look at the myCsrf-README file which explains the usage and configuration of myCsrf.


For getting a deeper insight into the utilization of myCsrf, simply read the mycsrf Readme file. (Type make README.pdf for recreating it in your local installation.) This is a first outline how to work with myCsrf:

  • For managing your secondary literature, use jabref and one of the prepared bibfiles:
    • mycsrfResourcesDe.bib should contain verified bibliographic data with German written BibTex annotes.
    • mycsrfResourcesEn.bib should contain verified bibliographic data with English written BibTex annotes.
    • mycsrfNextActions.bib should contain data which must still be verified by evaluating the work.
    • mycsrfSomedayMaybe.bib should contain those data which might become important late.
  • To configure jabref use its preferencedialog to upload btexmat/myScholarJabrefPrefs.xml into jabref.
  • For reviewing your gathered bibliographic data, let one of those review files be compiled which are offered under btexmat.
    • mycsrfBibRevResourcesDe.tex (mycsrfBibRevNextActionDe.tex) presents all entries of mycsrfResourcesDe.bib (mycsrfNextActions.bib) with German abbreviations.
    • mycsrfBibRevResourcesEn.tex (mycsrfBibRevNextActionEn.tex) presents all entries of mycsrfResourcesEn.bib with English abbrevitations.
  • For compiling any LaTeX-file ${NAME}.tex [except the include files following the pattern ${NAME}Inc.tex] as dvi or pdf file, open a bash, go to the directory containing the file and call make ${NAME}.dvi or make ${NAME}.pdf.
  • For deleting the LaTeX auxiliary-files, call make clean (resp. make dclean in the top directory).
  • For generating an extract / abstract copy templates/mycsrfExtractTplEn.tex into the extracts directory, rename the file (for example like the bibtexkey(.tex)), open Eclipse/Texlipse, Winefish, Texmaker or vi and start your summarizing work./li>
  • For generating a snippet, which can be included into your main research paper, go to directory snippets, copy and rename mycsrfSnippetInc.tex, open Eclipse/Texlipse, Winefish, Texmaker or vi and start your writing work. For reviewing your work, include it into your main research paper or into snippets/mycsrfSnippetFrame.tex and let that file be compiled
  • For having a main research file named according to your project, rename mycsrf.tex as you want.


All files of myCsrf are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany License: Feel free to share (to copy, distribute and transmit) or to remix (to adapt) it, if you respect how you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author:

In an internet based reuse please link the reused parts to and mention the original author Karsten Reincke in a suitable manner. In a paper-like reuse please insert a short hint to and to the original author, Karsten Reincke, into your preface. For normal quotations please use the scientific standard to cite.

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