@logandonaldson this has a few parts to it:
- Manuscripts already stores the reference metadata in a structured form (Citeproc JSON like format, similar to what Zotero for instance uses as its internal format).
- We transform the metadata to the output formats already. We however only do this in practice with LaTeX output (where we can output either bibtex or biblatex data next to the exported LaTeX file).
For Word output there's a few different options we could do: either Citeproc like field codes (which I believe would then be interoperable with Zotero and/or potentially also Mendeley, I'm not actually 100% sure)… or EndNote XML like field codes (which we are already able to import… or Papers Citations XML like field codes which Papers / Citations is able to then read out. So, unfortunately there isn't a clear industry wide agreement on this.
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