Website links in references


Hey Stefan, I have no specific references for the impact on search ranking, just assuming that a webpage with proper semantics will generally perform better.

When I copy n paste from Google docs to Wordpress the <b> and <i> tags are retained so I thought <cite> tags might be able to be retained too. Just a thought.


I think I ran into the same problem and I solved it like this:

  1. Select all in Google Doc → copy
  2. Paste into the HTML editor on my blog (CKEditor)
  3. Select all in the editor → remove all formatting
  4. View source in the editor → select all and copy
  5. Paste into Vim
  6. Fix up links using Regex :%s/<a href=“http.\{-}:\/\/\{-}“>\(.\{-}\)<\/a>/\1/g

That’s it!


Mate several people face the issue while copying content from google docs to WordPress that extra element tags were included like: < span > < p > < b >, < i >, and etc. For making it easy you can simply copy the content from google docs to WordPress sample page and save it. Then copy the save version of the article on your page. This will remove all the extra elements tags, css properties and etc. Now you can also google chrome extension to sink all google docs to WordPress and push all the content directly without any hassle.


Hi Stefan,
This does not look like a solved problem. Moreover, the google docs addon doesn’t really work. When I print the file to PDF all the hyperlinks still lead to paperpile addresses, which will be meaningless for someone reading the file who is not a member of the google docs document.


The documents still include the Paperpile links to ensure that we can always format the citations correctly and the bibliography contains Paperpile links so that (1) we can correctly identify it as a bibliography and safely replace it, and (2) make it easier for the author to get to the associated metadata when reviewing the bibliography.

You can export a copy of the document without any of these links by using the add-on. To open the add-on go to Add-ons --> Paperpile --> Manage Citations, in the Google Docs menu. Then in the sidebar click the gear and go to Export. Select the option to export the document with no citation codes. If you then save that exported copy as a PDF, it will not contain any links to Paperpile, and any URLs in the bibliography will correctly link to their external sources.


Hi Jason,
Very well. Too bad, though, that the citations no longer lead to the journal DOIs.