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[Resolved] A few suggestions for improving inline citations

  • Hi – Zotpress 5 is a great improvement on 4.X – thanks a lot for all your hard work: a number of issues I was having are solved. There are a couple of things that would make it even better – these may be possible, but if so, I haven’t found how to do them:

    1. Option to show “Author1, Author2, /et al/.” for inline citations using zotpressInText when number of authors is large. At the moment, it produces the whole list of authors, which can be very distracting when inline with text.
    2. Two-way html links between the zotpressInText item and the bibliography. In other words, the html code produced by zotPressInText item=U9Z5JTKC could be something like
      (Seaborn, 2011)
      whereas in the bibliography at the end, you have a link to return to that position in the text:
      Seaborn, K (2011) The title of my article
      A slight problem with this is if you have multiple identical citations in the document, you will have tags with identical IDs. Could be solved by using the (deprecated) name=”” property, rather than id=””.

    A final suggestion (but not something that I personally would use) is to allow superscripts or bracketed numbers, rather than inline citations: e.g. “As is sometimes said (Seaborn, 2011) blah blah” becomes “As is sometimes said [1] blah blah”

    with the number linked to that item in the bibliography, and the bibliography showing

    [1] Seaborn, K (2011) etc etc.

    Cheers
    Yan

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zotpress/

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  • Plugin Author Katie
    Participant

    @kseaborn

    Thanks for the great suggestions! I’ll see what I can do.

    For the last one, it is possible to use brackets, but because they are special characters (they signal the beginning and end of shortcodes) you have to use HTML entities.

    I’d like to give you an example, but I can’t seem to post the entities here in their actual form. Basically, remove the space between the “&” and the rest of the code. I hope this makes sense.

    & #91; for [
    & #93; for ]

    Plugin Author Katie
    Participant

    @kseaborn

    5.0.6 will have #2 working.

    Wow – quick work, thanks.

    Re brackets/superscripts: it might be worth sticking this example in the documentation, as I imagine it’s a common thing to want to do in the physical sciences. I guess you can also turn that into superscripts, by using <sup>? Is there any way to make them alphabetical (a,b,c,d, etc) – i.e. an %alpha% equivalent of %num%?

    I might be missing something, but I don’t think the numbers (or letters) turn up in the end-of-text bibliography when I do this.

    Cheers

    Yan

    Plugin Author Katie
    Participant

    @kseaborn

    That’s a great idea — I’ll be sure to include it in the documentation for the next version.

    Providing an alphabet option is possible, but I wonder how often this would be used, and how to handle cases where you have more than 24 items (double up the letters? switch to roman numerals?).

    The numbers will not show up in the bibliography unless the style you’re using (e.g. IEEE or Nature I think) uses them already (so APA wouldn’t have them).

    Plugin Author Katie
    Participant

    @kseaborn

    Added the bracket documentation in 5.0.7.

    Hi! I’m on 5.0.7, and the “back links” (from bibliography back to the article) don’t seem to be appearing. Am I missing a setting?

    An example page from my site: http://www.erminespot.com/a-haricot-of-lamb/

    Plugin Author Katie
    Participant

    @kseaborn

    @guenievre It may be the citation style (perhaps try APA and see if that works?) or that there’s no URLs associated with those citations (check the meta data in Zotero to make sure that the “URL” field is filled). If both check out, I’ll need to debug.

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