the problems with Mendeley and their bibtex exportation are numerous, but I am currently facing the following issue:

The Issue

For dissertations, my university requires to include the technical report number in citations. For the life of me, I can't get Mendeley to include this information in the bibtex file and now I have to include that info by hand for 20+ entries. I'm looking for a better way.

What I've tried so far:

  • In Mendeley, select document type Report
  • Include Number field within Mendeley (Preferences-> Document Details->Document Type = Report-> select Number)
  • Fill the field information by hand
  • Click Sync to create the new .bib file


Field number (number = {...}) does not appear in the generated .bib file

Current Workaround:

  • Generate the .bib fiel with Mendeley
  • Copy the generated .bib file
  • Open the copy with a text editor
  • Search for entry by hand
  • Add number = {...} by hand
  • Repeat

Looking for:

An automation for this, or an option in Mendeley to include Report Number information. Hacks welcome. Anything but to do it by hand!


  • Your write-up is not at all easy to follow. For instance, why are you not trying to create an entry of type @techreport? @techreport is a standard BibTeX entry type, whereas @report is not.
    – Mico
    Jul 2 '19 at 10:53
  • Report is a Mendeley entry type which gets exported as @techreport in the BibTeX file generated automatically by Mendeley. As a user, I have no influence in naming or creating document types in Mendeley. Jul 3 '19 at 9:07

Found the answer by accident. The field Issue below field year gets exported as number = {...} in the bibtex file.

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