What to do about annual periodicals:

citing data:

Argue against

  1. For conference proceedings, working papers, etc. For conference proceedings published with an ISSN, treat the proceedings as a journal: Include both the full conference name and any commonly used acronym for the conference (BLS, WCCFL, etc.) in the journal title position. For proceedings not published with an ISSN, treat the proceedings as any other book, using the full title as listed on the front cover or title page. If the title (and subtitle if there is one) only includes an acronym for the conference name, expand the acronym in square brackets or parentheses following the acronym. If the title does not include an acronym which is commonly used for the conference name, include the acronym in square brackets or parentheses following the conference name. The advantage of including the acronym after the society title is that it makes the entry much more identifiable in a list of references.

Proceedings should be books, unless they appear as a journal with more than


Argue against: 12. Names with “von”, “van”, “de”, etc. If the “van” (or the “de” or other patronymic) is lower case and separated from the rest by a space (e.g. Elly van Gelderen), then alphabetize by the first upper-case element: Gelderen, Elly van The addition of “see …” in comprehensive indices and lists might be helpful for clarification: van Gelderen, Elly (see Gelderen)

  • alphabetization yes, but still print the van in front of Gelderen.

Ambivalent, 13. Names with “Jr.”, “IV.”, etc. Following library practice, list elements such as “Jr.” as a subelement after names, separated by a comma. Smith, Sean, Jr.

Argue against publishing a book seperately:

  1. Use “In” to designate chapters in collections. This makes the book’s format maximally similar to the standard citation format. This, in turn, would be time-saving when the author or the editor notice that more than one article is cited from a given collection and hence that that book’s details should be set out as a separate entry in the references (and the full details deleted from the articles’ entries). author. year. chaptertitle. In editorname (ed.), collectiontitle, pagenumbers. publisher.

Argue against, and in favor of 21:2. 6-33. :

  1. Journal volume numbers. We favor: volumenumber(volumeissue). startingpageendingpage. Thus: 22(1). 135-169. Note the space between volume number/issue and page numbers. Special formatting (e.g., bold for volume number) is superfluous. Issue numbers are a parenthetical modifier (cf. “ed.” above) of the volume number. While it is not NECESSARY information for identifying the article, it is extremely USEFUL information.
From the perspective of running a large collaborative group in a team that relies on Slack a lot, I'm somewhat skeptical. We have an "add to Zotero" channel that we have RAs periodically go through to add items to the Zotero library.

The reason for that is that a) metadata isn't always perfect and it's best to fix right on import and b) you'll want to file & tag items right away and by the time you've added collection support to Zotero in Slack you've established such a complex syntax that it's probably easier to just use Zotero.

'In this case, you can either go through your library and change all the names that refer to the same person to the exact same form, or you can simply use a style that doesn't disambiguate names.'

I strongly recommend that you identify authors in your Zotero library with names that are entered with different levels of completeness. Edit those author names so that each name matches the entry with the most complete name (first middle and last names). Earlier editions of APA and Chicago style guides mandated (or strongly recommended) this. I'm unsure of the status of that recommendation in current versions. I am not aware of any style guide that prohibits this practice.

For example, the Chicago Manual of Style states:
“Authors’ names are normally given as they appear on the title pages of their books or above their articles. Certain adjustments, however, should be made to assist correct identification. First names may be given in full in place of initials. If an author uses his or her given name in one cited book and initials in another (e.g., “Mary L. Jones” versus “M. L. Jones” versus “Mary Jones” versus “Mary Lois Jones” versus “M. Jones”), the same form, preferably the fuller one, should be used in all references to that author. To assist alphabetization, middle initials or names should be given wherever known”. [¶14.72] (emphasis added)

There are similar requirements with other citation styles. (See: APA Guideline 6.27.)

Citation Managers:
Zotero review
Papers review
Mendeley review
Citation Graph usage review
Report on research I did.

also look at:

For presenting large collections of citations look into MODS and MARC Recrods direct as they have more data than .bib tools then develop an API off of that for DOIs too: