The problem

I have 100ā€™s of references in my zotero library. When I bring them to my bib file it ends up in a mess. There are many unwanted keys and there is no order to the references therein. This is the workflow that I have developed to handle the problem


  • Better bibtex: Use the better-BibTeX plugin to clean up the export in Zotero. After installation of the plugin, you can set the fields to omit. Goto Preferences ->Better Bibtex -> Export . I remove the following fields

    abstract, url, language, urldate, file


  • BibTeX Tidy: This website is excellent to beautify your bib file and clean up further. I use it to have a proper indentation in my bib file and also to sort the entries by year.


Before and After