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Tool to make single *.bib file compatible with both BibTeX and BibLaTeX

Postby Gnosos » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:46 pm

*.bib files for BibTeX and BibLaTeX are mostly compatible, but they have some differences. For example, BibTeX uses the journal field, but BibLaTeX uses the journaltitle field.

I'm using Zotero with the Better BibLaTeXand LyZ extensions, which add BibLaTeX-compatible items to my *.bib files. But sometimes I want to use a bib file with BibTeX.

Is there some tool or other easy way to make a bib file compatible with both BibTeX and BibLaTeX?


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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:12 am


biblatex supports the journal field too so you can stick with it. Biblatex also supports year and month like BibTeX, though it has a new date field. So for being compatible to both worlds, one should use BibTeX fields. I'm not aware of any tool that changes .bib files between the formats, but Zotero should have settings to choose either BibTeX or biblates for the export, make both so you don't need a converter.

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