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Configuring Zotero for note extraction

Configuring Zotero for note extraction

I use Zotero for keeping a library of reference documents.

With the addition of three plugins it becomes straightforward to extract annotations from PDF documents into downloadable markdown files ready for importing into my notes system.

Key plugins


This provides the following add-on features:

  • attach new files to Zotero items
  • (batch) rename and move attachments based on Zotero metadata
  • sync PDFs with iPad or Android tablet
  • extract Annotations from PDF Files

Better Bibtex

  • robust and automated generation of citation keys
  • conversion between formats and encodings


  • export Zotero item metadata file
  • export Zotero notes to markdown
  • create a file for your own notes
  • batch export all of the above

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