Trying out Zotero

I just found out about Zotero when I read this blog post yesterday.

It’s a Firefox extension for managing your literature lists. I’ve been looking for a good tool for this for a bit. My trial period of Papers ran out this week, and I had pretty much decided to buy it, but it only runs on Mac and I (still) have a Linux laptop.

Now, before I decide, I’ll try out Zotero.  I will be able to use it both at work and at home (or when travelling). For Papers I’d have to buy a Mac laptop of some kind (but then, I am planning to do that anyway so it is not a major problem).

Zotero also has a nice feature (currently in beta) for synchronising literature lists. Sounds like just the thing I need.

There is plugins for Word and OpenOffice (but of course not the Word 2008 I have on my Mac), to manage references in documents. While I really prefer BibTeX, I guess this is a nice substitute when not working in LaTeX.

I don’t think Zotero exports to BibTeX, though, and that is a bit of a downer… but it is open source, so that could be fixed. There seem to be a plugin for BibTeX here, but it is marked as “invalid” whatever that means.

Anyway, I will try it out for a while, and who knows, it might be my choice instead of Papers.

If it isn’t sued out of existence, of course…

Author: Thomas Mailund

My name is Thomas Mailund and I am a research associate professor at the Bioinformatics Research Center, Uni Aarhus. Before this I did a postdoc at the Dept of Statistics, Uni Oxford, and got my PhD from the Dept of Computer Science, Uni Aarhus.

4 thoughts on “Trying out Zotero”

  1. Zotero does export to BibTeX. Also exports to MODS, RIS, Zotero RDF, DC RDF, Refer/BibIX and “Wikipedia template”. Just right-click any item in your library and choose “Export selected item”, or you can also export the whole lot.

  2. Zotero’s Word 2008 plugin is complete, but it requires Zotero 1.5, which will ship in a few weeks. In the meantime, you can still manually drag references out of Zotero into Word 2008.

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