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Citation styles available in Word.
Currently, the bibliography management tools in Writer are a complete disgrace.
It would be useful to define what to do with this since there are many bibliography management tools that do a great job of doing it, and some integrate quite well with Write (ex. Zotero).
However, since this is currently a part of Writer I will open a few bugs to request improvements to this Writer feature.
Word allows an user to pick among several citation styles as shown in the first attachment. However, Writer has no predefined Styles to how a bibliography should be introduced in a document that incudes citations.
There are several different citation styles available used by legal documents, scientific journals, etc.
Therefore, I would like to propose that a wide array of bibliographical styles are created and included by default with Writer ASAP if this is a feature that is supposed to be used.
Word doesn't have the most useful citation styles available. But it has some, and Zotero has a list of 17 citation/bibliography styles that could be used by Writer.
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Zotero citation styles
Citation styles available in Zotero.
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Zotero additional styles
Zotero also allows to install over 8100 additional styles (a feature lacking in Word) for citations and bibliographies present in their own repository.
All these styles are written in the Citation Style Language (CSL), a format also supported by Mendeley, Papers, and many other programs.
This Citation Style Language (CSL) project is open source and their goal is to facilitate scholarly publishing by automating the formatting of citations and bibliographies. They develop the Citation Style Language and maintain a crowdsourced repository with over 8000 free CSL citation styles.
The website for this project is the following:
They have a link for developers to learn how to create or edit CSL styles, how to integrate CSL into your own software, and how to contribute to CSL’s development.
IMO, this is something that could be integrated into Writer if we have the purpose of offering a decent reference management system within it.
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Proposal - introduce a drop-down menu that allows a user to select citation/bibliography Styles
Proposal - introduce a drop-down menu that allows a user to select citation/bibliography Styles. This system should be connected to the Citation Style Language repositories for users to install their preferred Styles.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 94418 ***
I would prefer to leave this re-opened since it is more specific in scope and more detailed than the referred bug 94418.
And I still open a few other bugs with more detailed information than that bug 94418 pertaining to other components of the reference system.
I agree, that this bug is related to bug 94418, but I agree to Pedro, that it has a different focus and gives a more precise proposal (I support this idea, but I can't say if this is feasible). So I would prefer to leave it open.
=> change it back to UNCONFIRMED
I think there should be a meta bug, to collect bugs with the topic "citation", but I don't know what is the adequate nema for that meta bug.
(In reply to Dieter Praas from comment #6)
> I think there should be a meta bug, to collect bugs with the topic
> "citation", but I don't know what is the adequate nema for that meta bug.
I found too few bugs to have an own meta for that.
We definitely should include the most relevant and make it easy to edit/export/import other styles, ideally as an extension.
Well, by linking Writer to the CSL citation database we could even ship it by default instead of an extension! :D
A bit like linking to the Firefox Personas database for theming.