I use both Papers 3 and Manuscripts to compile my academic papers, and one thing I found frustrating is that after exporting the complete manuscript to word, the citation tokens (ie the citation tags that papers 3 recognises) are lost, and converted simply to text. This means if I want to change the citation style later in word, I can't do that, and have to manually do it again using magic citations. Papers 3 magic citations allows me to format citations in word from in-line to footnotes in a press of a button, but I can't seem to find that option in Manuscripts. Is there a way to retain the citation tokens when exported to word, so that I can reformat the manuscript in word as well? Hope I've made my question clear. This piece of software is otherwise the best writing tool I've seen.
Is there way to maintain citation tokens when exporting to word?
unfortunately there is currently no way to achieve this. I agree, this would be very desirable to have..
This is extremely important for me as well, and is defining when I use Manuscripts vs not. Currently, I can not use it for the writing portion of my work and it remains useful only for making outlines. In my opinion, this is a necessary addition to manuscripts for full integration with the Papers App. Please consider this as soon as possible if it is something that is feasible.
The most likely answer from Manuscriptsapp would be that this feature is not easily implementable for Word but that a web-based collaborative function should become available "soon" (it was announced for 'next week' probably around 2 months ago).
@rosslyn the challenge with meeting this feature request is that there is no standard to how citation tokens are marked up in Word documents – Papers, Mendeley, Zotero, F1000, EndNote (indeed different versions of EndNote) all expect different conventions, and no-one documents their conventions (Zotero we can work out most straightforwardly because it's open source).
@hubob is right though in that we hope to tackle this by promoting a collaboration mode where you don't need to export Word documents but can annotate documents collaboratively. We're basically ready for beta with it, have continued to polish it whilst we work on an unrelated issue that has prevented us from releasing this feature yet.
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