I would like to write and produce my thesis in LaTeX, but my supervisors prefer Word for commenting and reviewing on my thesis. The first time I did the conversion, I used Endnote and it was pretty easy for a one time conversion. However, this is not feasible on a continuous basis.

I am now using Zotero for my citations. Both Word and Overleaf have convenient automatic import functions for the Zotero libraries. After I strip the word document of the characters unsuitable for LaTeX, my only issue is adjusting the in-text citations. My thoughts were if there is some Zotero Word Plug-in output that produces a citation style that can be read in LaTeX, then it will work. In Endnote, this worked with BibTeX export, which I was pretty shocked by. It produced \cite{RN#}.

With the Zotero plug-in, the only BibTeX related plug in I could find was BibTeX generic citation style. This produces a reference like the following

“When pain persists longer than three months cragg_risk_2019..”

But for some reason there is no cite command or brackets around the citation, so I am not really sure how this is useful. I am trying to figure out how to use Better BibTeX add-in, which I have installed, but it doesn’t seem to be helping.

Maybe I am too optimistic, but if I were able to use an output that produced \cite{(below)} then I would be able to transfer the text from the Word document and link it to the online .bib file from Zotero on Overleaf.

Any suggestions?

    title = {Risk {Factors} for {Misuse} of {Prescribed} {Opioids}: {A} {Systematic} {Review} and {Meta}-{Analysis}},
    issn = {0196-0644},
    journal = {Annals of emergency medicine},
    author = {Cragg, Amber and Hau, Jeffrey P. and Woo, Stephanie A. and Kitchen, Sophie A. and Liu, Christine and Doyle-Waters, Mary M. and Hohl, Corinne M.},
    year = {2019}

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It can be done, but not with Zotero only. If you install the BBT plugin (full disclosure: I am the author of said plugin) and configure it to make the citekeys available in to the Zotero citation processor, you can create and install a custom citation style (sample here) to render the citekeys as latex citations in word.

  • I was trying to reproduce you proposition, and it export [@Citationkey], instead of \cite{Citationkey} so I'm not sure how it is expected to work.
    – Karls
    Jan 18, 2021 at 18:18
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    Edit: ok, nvm, I didn't get the part about modifying citation style. Now it works, nice idea.
    – Karls
    Jan 18, 2021 at 18:37
  • These comments saved my life
    – story
    Jan 23, 2021 at 17:18

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