Scrivener and Zotero

If you are doing a lot of writing (or hanging out with writers…) you may have come across Scrivener – a well, this is a bit hard to describe… sort of word processor for serious writing, especially long texts – like the ones that Word loves to play funny stuff like strange formatting with – or at least makes it seriously annoying to deal with (scroll through 100 pages… sure!).

Scrivener isn’t, of course, only for people writing long novels. It can actually be a pretty neat tool for academics, too. Especially if you are a bit like me, and like to forget what my next argument was going to be… Because Scrivener handles parts of a document more like a set of “cards”, which you can move around at will, it makes it easy to think through an outline of a chapter or even a paper, and then organise all the arguments before sitting down to write everything up – before rendering it into that final copy that will appear in the next masterpiece ready for the Journal of Superlative Academic Papers.

Scrivener also has a lot of other tools to make writing easier: From a split screen allowing you to quickly browse through research documents, like key articles, to productivity meters giving you target word counts and progress for sessions (for example, if you take part in #acrimo) or sections of you documents. BUT …as much as all of these things are useful and make it easy to write, Scrivener has one serious limitation for academics – and that is the lack of integration with referencing software like EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero. But that does’t mean you can’t use them or Scrivener – it just requires a bit of extra work. Depending on how you feel about Scrivener (especially as a useful substitute to something like Word) – you may think it is worth the extra effort.

I haven’t tried Scrivener with EndNote or Mendeley, but with Zotero there are two relatively easy ways to ensure you can work with Scrivener and Zotero and let Zotero format your references etc.

more here - Scrivener – and Zotero | Stephan Dahl.

Literature from Zotero (in German)

In the category of ” scientific work “, we show you how you can hinbekommen a good and meaningful academic workflow.

If you with Scrivener works (a good alternative to MS Word) to write your lyrics, then you have surely you ever wondered, as you can put there your bibliography clean and recompile later without problems for LaTeX.

As a free and open source license under veröffentliches reference management software is suitable for Zotero .

more here -  Literature from Zotero about biblatex my Scrivener / / studi point.

My Quirky Workflow

Maybe it’s that time of summer, but historians seem to be thinking about the tools they use to conduct research. The AHA has set up a Pinterest board called A Digital Tool Box for Historians, my new colleague Stephen Robertson has posted an essay about moving to digital sources, and Nate Kogan has written about his use of Zotero, Word, Scrivener, and Papers 2, though he tweets that I showed him something of Filemaker Pro back in the day.

I figure I’ll throw my hat in with a description of my current process, ugly as it is. I offer this information both to offer and seek help, since I think I am doing some things right but could be doing other things more efficiently.

via My Quirky Workflow | Zachary M. Schrag.

Announcing RTF/ODF Scan for Zotero

Support for Scrivener and google docs is one of the most frequently requested Zotero features. It is with great excitement that Frank Bennett and I announce today RTF/ODF Scan for Zotero, a Zotero plugin that extends Zotero support to any word processor capable of saving/exporting ODF (Open Document Format — .odt). You can find a brief, but comprehensive set of instructions on the project webpage. Here some additional comment and pictures.

via Announcing RTF/ODF Scan for Zotero | The Zoteroist.

Integrating Zotero and Scrivener for citation management

I love Scrivener. Love love love it. But I had been unable to figure out how to integrate it with my bibliography management in Zotero, even after multiple Internet searches. This was a problem, as I also love using Zotero, and want to keep supporting the project and its developers. But it was getting increasingly unwieldy to hardcode citation references into Scrivener text by dragging-and-dropping from Zotero — which was the usual solution suggested. When you start getting into 50 page documents that need to be outputted with different citation styles for different publication venues, manually copying and pasting the citations with each new submission is…frustrating.

Zotero has a plug-in that works with Word to obviate the need for manual copying and pasting, apparently. In that model, you basically add code snippets to your text that list all the citation variables. Then, you can export your doc and transform the snippets into whatever citation format you like. A nice separation of content and presentation layer.

So I figured that maybe there was some obvious technical fix I had missed about replicating that replaceability in Scrivener. Hallelujah, there was. What was confusing me is that there no official Zotero plug-in for Scrivener to manage the conversion between one citation formatting style and other, à la the Word plugin.

However, it turns out that Zotero has a function called RTF Scan essentially does the same thing.

Here’s how it works.

via Integrating Zotero and Scrivener for citation management – confectious.

Scrivener and Zotero

Scrivener is awesome software for writing, that I’ve mentioned before, but I had yet to really test out the integration with Zotero (my citation manager of choice). So now that I have finally started on my dissertation writing in earnest (and not grant writing), I needed to make sure that footnotes are usable in my work flow. So this is a quick write up of the tools I will use in writing my dissertation, and how I will use them.

via Scrivener and Zotero.