I'm using Biblatex.

Basically, I "just" need to understand what possibilities for references are there and what to use Overleaf for what. The rest of the text is only context information.


Context: I use this package:



Also, I use Mendeley. One problem I fixed was that Mendeley uses 'issues', but Overleaf recognizes 'number'. I used a Python script to change 'issues' to 'number' in the document. Now, I need to understand what Mendeley outputs and how Overleaf interprets the references before I can proceed with my writing. Otherwise, I'll have to fix 120-150 references.


   author = {Harald Svensson and Martin Höst},
   doi = {10.1007/11497455_38},
   issn = {03029743},
   journal = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
   pages = {487-501},
   publisher = {Springer Verlag},
   title = {Views from an Organization on How Agile Development Affects Its Collaboration with a Software Development Team},
   volume = {3547},
   url = {http://link.springer.com/10.1007/11497455_38},
   year = {2005},

Now: Now

Should be italic and with page numbers

Should be italic and with page numbers

  • Welcome to TeX.SE.
    – Mico
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 11:59
  • "Also, I use Mendeley." Ah, you're already in deep, deep trouble. For instance, what on earth is the journal field doing in an entry of type @incollection?! (Hint: @article is the only entry type for which the journal field is meaningful.) Do yourself a big favor and learn to rely less on Mendeley. Instead, for the entry in question, just go to the page link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/11497455_38. From there, click on the "Cite as" link (near the top of the page) and click on the "Bib" link below the "Download citation" header to obtain a reasonable (not perfect) bib entry.
    – Mico
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 12:16
  • That example entry does not look very promising. For a start, an @incollection entry does not have a journal field. That is only for @articles. You can learn about all standard entry types and their fields in the biblatex documentation (mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/biblatex/doc/biblatex.pdf). biblatex-apa also comes with an extensive example .bib entry that can help clarify finer points (github.com/plk/biblatex-apa/blob/master/bibtex/bib/…).
    – moewe
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 21:07
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    From what I have gathered over the years on this forum and elsewhere is that Mendeley's biblatex export is not particularly good. In some ways it does things that I would say are outright wrong. (I can find five posts alone in which I advise people to complain to the Mendeley developers about the output they got. I'm not particularly hopeful that any of those issues were actually fixed by Mendeley.) If there is any chance you could switch to a different citation manager with better biblatex/BibTeX support, you should definitely consider that.
    – moewe
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 21:12


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