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I have a bib file that I have been using with BibTeX for a number of years. I have now switched to creating my bibliographies with biber and the biblatex package. Every once in a while I need to manipulate a field or add a field into the bib file to get the most out of biblatex. This works fine from a technical stand point. From a user interface vantage, this is an utter failure with JabRef which I use to manage my bib file on Linux. If I add a biblatex specific field JabRef doesn't display it nicely. If I switch JabRef to biblatex mode it doesn't handle my old bib entries well. For example, I run into major problems with the BibTeX year field and the biblatex date field as well as the journal versus journatitle fields.

Is there a GUI that runs on Linux for managing a bib file that has both BibTeX and biblatex fields? I think that at this point I would be comfortable converting my bib file from BibTeX to biblatex. Is there a converter that does this? I am a little worried that this will make importing citations from the web difficult since most publishers still use the BibTeX fields.

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I tend to find JabRef rather irritating and inflexible, and now use the same text editors (notepad++ on windows, jEdit on Linux) for my .bib files as for my .tex. They're content-agnostic, which is nice when pasting multiple entries in one go, from a scratch file or email that may have extraneous text, and both allow regexp-based find/replace, which you could easily use to add a journaltitle field below every journal field. –  Chris H Aug 14 '13 at 10:47
It partly depends what you really want. For example, biblatex will treat journal as an alias for journaltitle, so you could just leave this alone (and avoid duplication). On the other hand, if you are happy to switch to biblatex-only working then a text editor is probably the best way to rename the fields. –  Joseph Wright Aug 14 '13 at 11:38
In JabRef you can rename fields with Search --> Set/clear/rename fields. That will allow you to quickly convert e.g. all journal to journaltitle. –  Torbjørn T. Aug 14 '13 at 12:04
IIRC, you don't need to combine year and month into date. (I never used the month field, however.) –  jon Aug 14 '13 at 13:00
@DanielE.Shub, sorry, tldr, please ignore my stupid comment. :$ –  henrique Aug 14 '13 at 17:25

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