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Some notes on using Zotero

Created: November 05, 2019   Last Modified: October 11, 2021   Category: zotero, linux, windows   Print this pageBack to Home


This page contains some notes I want to remember when using Zotero.

ZotFile Preferences

I use ZotFile for managing attachments. Here are some settings:

  • In the Tablet Settings tab, I select Use ZotFile to send and get files from tablet. In the Additional options section, I selected “Save copy of annotated file with suffix” and set the value of the suffix as _annotated.
  • In the Renaming Rules tab, I set Format for all Item Types except Patents as {%a_}{%y_}{%t}{ [%T]}. I also set Maximum length of title as 150 and Maximum number of authors as 3 in the Additional Settings section of this tab.
  • In the Advanced Settings tab, I select Only work with the following file types option in the Other Advanced Settings section and set the following file types pdf,doc,docx,txt,rtf,djvu,epub,mp4,ppt,pptx.

Better BibTeX Preferences

  • In the Citation keys tab, I set Citation key format as [auth:ascii][year][veryshorttitle:lower], which is somewhat similar to what Google Scholar would generate.

WebDAV Sync

There is a user-generated list of WebDAV services that users have reported success using with Zotero. I personally use TeraCLOUD (a free account provides 10GB storage space, and each successful referal gives you 2GB bonus space (probably more when having campaign) which you can use for one year). If you find the information about TeraCLOUD from this page and decide to use it with Zotero, I would be grateful if you could go to your TeraCLOUD page and enter my introduce code TEAYR in the box Enter friends Introduce code of the Get more capacity section. Please also note that If you are using a free account and have not logged in for 90 days, the account and any data on TeraCLOUD will be deleted.

Dark Theme in Windows with userchrome.css

Create a folder Chrome in %APPDATA%\Zotero\Zotero\Profiles\<some randome characters>.default\ and put the file userchrome.css (which is originally taken from here) in that folder.

PaperShip in iOS

I use the app PaperShip to sync my Zotero library to my iPhone and iPad. Note that one needs to create a lastsync.txt file (which may be empty) in the zotero folder as instructed here in order to make PaperShip correctly verifies the WebDAV server.

Command-line interface

Zotero for iOS beta (coming soon)

See this page for more information.