Here is what I would like: I'm typing and I want to cite something. I press a key and I can search by author, title in a database of everything ever published. When I make my choice a cite key is inserted in my format of choice (Pandoc) and the bibliographic information is pulled from that big database to a local file. This file is kept in sync with the big database and my own document, until I decide to 'freeze' it and it becomes static as a permanent record.

I would be happy enough if the big database was something that has most of what I want e.g. philpapers.org/

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Maybe what I want would actually be bad because it assumes that I'm on the internet whenever I write, and doesn't involve a local database of PDFs.

@twsh I've been happy with Zotero for citations

Works with BibTeX / LibreOffice / Word all very nicely, but it doesn't have every citation of every thing, like you want :(

@bgcarlisle Yes, that's what I use too. And I like it for what it is.

@twsh The real problem is how to manage local pdfs, for me.

@ipt Zotero is good for that. And might be a better solution all things considered.

@twsh I've tried it but I don't like it. I wish I could just drop the files in a folder and have an AI extract metadata and generate bibliographies for me.

@ipt Yes, that would be good. But going to a journal site, clicking the Zotero button to import the PDF and data to Zotero and then having an automatically exporting bibtex file does a lot of what that would do for us.

@ipt @twsh

IIRC, ReadCube (readcube.com/) organizes and extracts metadata of local PDFs and can also search across different search engines to download and extract metadata from online articles.

Not sure how that compares to Zotero, but ReadCube was definitely helpful for me when I was involved in research.

(note: subscription required; offers 30-day trial)

@ipt

Hope it suits your needs (or, if not, that you find something that does)!

@paanvaannd it might not, sadly, since it doesn't seem to support linux :/

@ipt

Ah, unfortunate :(

I also see that their citation plugin only supports Word 2016...

@paanvaannd @ipt That looks like it has the sort of features that I'm interested in.

@twsh @ipt

Yeah if you want to preserve a file structure for local pdfs you can "link" them to entries. The extension will move your files into a specific folder and link them when renaming them and you can specify sub folder based on a entry data/regular expression

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