Docear4Word is on its way (CSL based Microsoft Word Add-On for BibTeX)

Published by Joeran Beel on

It’s half a year ago that we announced the development of a Microsoft Word Add-on to insert BibTeX based references in the same way as Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote and other references managers do. A major requirement for the add-on was to use the citation style language (CSL) which allows using over 2,000 citation styles. Well, it has been (and still is) a long and hard way to go (maybe we will elaborate on this later). However, I just want to let you know that the work on Docear4Word is going on and we are just before a first test release – I hope that in two or three weeks the first demo is ready to be released (for the beginning we probably make it available to registered users only, so register now :-)).

For now, here is a little teaser to give you an idea what is coming: the first screenshot of Docear4Word. Please let us know your ideas for the Add-On: What should it be able to do? What do you like about the MS Word add-ons from other reference managers? Probably we won’t be able to consider your wishes for the first version but maybe for Docear4Word 2.0.

Docear4Word - First Screenshot

Docear4Word – First Screenshot

And some words for the OpenOffice and LibreOffice users: There is a JabRef plug-in that allows you inserting  BibTeX based references into Libre/OpenOffice. It should work with Docear’s BibTeX file, too, but we didn’t try yet. Let us know your experience and be assured that once the MS Word add-on is released we will research how we can support the Open and LibreOffice users.

Finally, we are still looking for someone how can support us developing an integrated PDF viewer for Docear. Please contact us if you can help.


zhangzw · 11th June 2012 at 16:03

it is a good idear~

osm · 21st June 2012 at 16:50


Will this have an document/RTF scan feature? i.e. a feature to scan a document and convert exisiting unique identifiers (either bibtex keys or temp citations of the form {bloggs 2009, #456}) into formatted citations. Endnote and Papers have this, but frustratingly Mendeley (which is what I use) does not have this and Zotero does not implement it well. RTF scan is useful becomes it enables writing to be done in any application without the need for plugin in that application.

What I would like to be able to do is to do my writing in Scrivener or Google Docs, inserting either bibtex keys or unique identifers into my document and then when it comes to final formatting I would export the document to word or RTF format and then use the word plugin to scan the document and convert the identifiers into formatted citations. It would also be useful to be able to reverse the conversion (go from formatted citations back to bibtex keys/unique identifiers) in case I want to go back to writing outside of Word.

Sam Roberts · 3rd July 2012 at 14:29

This is exactly what I need, can’t wait, thanks for the hard work.

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