WYSIWYG citation style editor for Docear4Word’s citation styles

Docear4Word is an add-on that allows managing your Docear references in Microsoft Word. It uses the citation style language (CSL), an open XML-based language to describe the formatting of citations and bibliographies. Not only Docear is using CSL but also other reference managers such as Zotero (who initiated the development of CSL) and Mendeley and they are all contributing their styles – this is why there are more than 2,000 citation styles you can use with Docear4Word, and the other reference managers. However, sometimes the citation style you need is not in the citation style repository and up to now it was quite challenging to create a new style (or edit an existing one).

During the past months, the Columbia University Libraries, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Mendeley developed a WYSIWYG editor for citation styles  (What You See Is What You Get). This editor makes it easier than ever to edit existing styles and create new ones. So, if you are missing a citation style for a journal or conference you are submitting a paper to, well… create it and send a big thank you to the three organizations making this possible! :-).

2 comments to WYSIWYG citation style editor for Docear4Word’s citation styles

  • Marisano James

    I’ve found that Docear4Word generally works well in conjunction with the Citation Style Language (CSL). However, there is an error therewith when titles include text that should be presented in italics, such as binomial species names, for example. In such cases, if the last word of the title is specified in italics, the designation is ignored. So in the case of,

    title = {For the love of Drosophila melanogaster},

    “Drosophila melanogaster” will not appear in italics. However, if the title were,

    title = {For the love of Drosophila melanogaster Meigen},

    it would (be written in italics). Especially because users can only set their own journal article titles, this should be fixed. (Also, the reload CAPTCHA option is not working under Firefox…)

    • Marisano James

      BTW, the text of the two titles was,

      title = {For the love of <i>Drosophila melanogaster</i>},


      title = {For the love of <i>Drosophila melanogaster</i> Meigen},

      respectively. [The Reply submission text box interpreted the original markup.]

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