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Our project quite happily uses google docs to collaborately edit documents and store a bunch of them. We also quite happily use ConTeXt to produce internal publications in pdf format.

Unfortunately, when dealing with humanities journals, the requirement is "all Word, all the time."

Therefore, given that we have a trival output of a BibTeX citations DB in Mendeley (that also provides for group collaboration on citations), a fair amount of ConTeXt expertise and awareness in the group, and a document in google docs, what is a simple and reliable workflow to somehow use BibTeX citations to do in-line citations in arbitrary journal format X (::muttermuttermutter::) and optimally, basic header and footnote typesetting?

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I will fully accept answers of "don't do it this way" so long as they can provide a good gesture in the direction that does work. –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Apr 18 '13 at 6:11
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Have you contacted the Editors? Sometimes on-line guidelines are... incomplete. If a format only is the matter, you can construct a word .doc file out of raster images of your pdf pages, (kind of a sarcastic action). It was mentioned recently on this site, that Word 2013 is capable of importing .pdf. –  g.kov Apr 18 '13 at 7:02
    
Yes, we have. We also have something like 5 different journals, conferences, and other cited nonsense that require Word/rtf that we'll need to submit other things to. All with... incomplete guidelines. Apparently they don't trust authors to ... typeset. –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Apr 18 '13 at 7:05
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Okay, not going to put this in an answer cause there has got to be a better solution but: Bibtex for word seems to maybe kinda sorta suggest that this works? –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Apr 18 '13 at 7:36
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bibtex is not your main problem in this work flow, but rather context. Once your document is at final stage you can remove the bibtex part of the compilation by including the output .bbl file in your source code. For example, using the setup of References in ConTeXt

orig-file.tex:

\setupinteraction  [state=start]
\placebookmarks    [title, chapter] [force=yes]
\setupbibtex       [database=xampl]
\setuppublications [numbering=yes]

\starttext

\startchapter [title=One]
    As \cite[lat2cont] already indicated, bibtex is a \LaTeX-centric program.
\stopchapter

%\completepublications [criterium=text] % produces *pubs* as PDF bookmark
\starttitle [title=References]          % produces *References* as PDF bookmark
    \placepublications
\stoptitle

\stoptext

with xampl.bib

@article{lat2cont,
    title   = {Latex to context},
    author  = {Abc},
    journal = {Xyz},
    year    = 2003,
    pages   = {603-619},
}

compiles producing orig-file.bbl

\setuppublicationlist[samplesize={Abc03},totalnumber=1]

\startpublication[k=lat2cont,t=article,
a={{Abc}},y=2003,
n=1,s=Abc03]
\artauthor[]{}[]{}{Abc}
\pubyear{2003}
\arttitle{Latex to context}
\journal{Xyz}
\pages{603-619}
\stoppublication

Pasting this into your original file and commenting out the reference to the external database, we get new-file.tex which compiles without bibtex:

\setupinteraction  [state=start]
\placebookmarks    [title, chapter] [force=yes]
%\setupbibtex       [database=xampl]
\setuppublications [numbering=yes]
\setuppublicationlist[samplesize={Abc03},totalnumber=1]

\startpublication[k=lat2cont,t=article,
a={{Abc}},y=2003,
n=1,s=Abc03]
\artauthor[]{}[]{}{Abc}
\pubyear{2003}
\arttitle{Latex to context}
\journal{Xyz}
\pages{603-619}
\stoppublication



\starttext

\startchapter [title=One]
    As \cite[lat2cont] already indicated, bibtex is a \LaTeX-centric program.
\stopchapter

%\completepublications [criterium=text] % produces *pubs* as PDF bookmark
\starttitle [title=References]          % produces *References* as PDF bookmark
    \placepublications
\stoptitle

\stoptext

Now you need a context to rtf/word converter - but the FAQ suggests this does not exist. If you use LaTeX then there are converter programs.

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