Docear4LibreOffice / Docear4OpenOffice: Call for Donation (2500$)

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One of our users’ most requested feature is an add-on for LibreOffice and OpenOffice, similar to Docear4Word, which allows adding formatted references and bibliographies in Microsoft Word based on Docear’s BibTeX files. Unfortunately, we have no skills in developing add-ons for Libre or OpenOffice, which is why we were looking for a freelancer to help us. Now, finally, we found one. The freelancer is offering to develop a pendant to Docear4Word that works with LibreOffice and OpenOffice. This means, you will be able to select a reference from Docears’ BibTeX database, and the add-on will insert the in-text citation and the bibliography in your Libre/OpenOffice document. Analog to Docear4Word, you will be able to choose from more than 2,000 citation styles to format your references.

However, the freelancer is not developing the add-on for free. He asks for 2500 US$ (~1,900€), which we believe to be a fair price. Therefore, we kindly ask you to donate, so we can pay the freelancer to develop a Docear4Libre/OpenOffice. Of course, the add-on will be open-source, reading not only Docear’s BibTeX files but also BibTeX files of other BibTeX based reference managers. The freelancer already developed a simple proof-of concept (see screenshot), which uses citeproc-java to add BibTeX based references. As such, we have no doubts that the freelancer will be able to deliver the promised add-on — if we can collect enough money.

The freelancer’s is already working on the add-on and his goal is to finish it in the next two months or so. However, as long as we cannot pay him, he will not release the add-on, even if he has finished his work (and if he learns that there are no donations coming, he might decide to stop his work at any time). Therefore, if you want a Docear4Libre/OpenOffice, please donate now! Donate 1$, 5$, 10$, 50$ or 500$ — any contribution matters, and the sooner we have all the money, the sooner you can manage your BibTeX references in LibreOffice and OpenOffice.

Donate via PayPal, or, to save PayPal fees, make a SEPA bank transfer to Docear, IBAN DE18700222000020015578, BIC FDDODEMMXXX. SEPA bank transfers are free of charge within the European Union.






We will keep you posted on the amount of donations, and any important news.

Docear4Word 1.1: Support of “Suppress Author”, “Author only” and some other nice options

Docear4Word 1.1 is available for download and it offers two new features that will improve your work with references in Microsoft Word a lot. Actually, we added two new elements to the “Add References” dialog.

The first one is a “Docear->Docear4Word” button. It’s intended for adding several references at once when you have multiple BibTeX keys in our clipboard. And here is how it works: Most references managers (e.g. JabRef and Docear) allow you to select several reference entries from the database and copy their BibTeX keys to the clipboard. That means you have a string like “Cohen05,ritchie2008,Eto12” in your clipboard. Now, when you press the “Docear->Docear4Word” button, Docear4Word will automatically get that string from the clipboard, identify the BibTeX keys and select the references belonging to the keys. This will make inserting several references at once much easier.

New Docear4Word Features


Docear4Word 1.01 with bug-fixes and some enhancements

Today we released Docear4Word 1.01. The add-on for Microsoft Word allows you to manage your Docear references (and any other references stored as BibTeX) directly within Microsoft Word. Version 1.01 includes the following changes. Download it here!

  • Added warning message if a BibTex file is considered corrupt, rather than just ignoring it. (#740, #692)
  • BibTex load now also supports CP1252 codepage.
  • Unexpected exceptions now logged to the log file. (#740)
  • Added workaround for missing BibTex keys. We create a new one of the form “_Unknown_XX” where XX increase with each missing key within the file.
  • DEV: Added MLA.csl sample file.
  • Fixed bug where the ID was being used instead of the Name.
  • Made toolbar dropdown wider.
  • Added warning message and instruction when no BibTex database is configured. (#740)
  • Parser now copes with no tags present.
  • Removed paragraph formatting from within Field code as it influence formatting in the main document.
  • JSON is now stored within the Field with space separators and LineFeeds since it could influence formatting in the main document. (#729)
  • Updated Citeproc.js to v1.0.426 which fixed these issues:
    • Incorrect trimming of punctuation. (#743)
    • “Tri-graph” styles not working. (#694)
    • Failure to load some styles containing comments.
  • BibTex Lexer now supports unix line endings. (#692)
  • Issue tag is now supported (#743)
  • Fixed bug with Issue and Number casing.


WYSIWYG citation style editor for Docear4Word’s citation styles

Docear4Word is an add-on that allows managing your Docear references in Microsoft Word. It uses the citation style language (CSL), an open XML-based language to describe the formatting of citations and bibliographies. Not only Docear is using CSL but also other reference managers such as Zotero (who initiated the development of CSL) and Mendeley and they are all contributing their styles – this is why there are more than 2,000 citation styles you can use with Docear4Word, and the other reference managers. However, sometimes the citation style you need is not in the citation style repository and up to now it was quite challenging to create a new style (or edit an existing one).

During the past months, the Columbia University Libraries, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Mendeley developed a WYSIWYG editor for citation styles  (What You See Is What You Get). This editor makes it easier than ever to edit existing styles and create new ones. So, if you are missing a citation style for a journal or conference you are submitting a paper to, well… create it and send a big thank you to the three organizations making this possible! :-).