Importing from bibtex or zotero

Many users will want to import a library from a bibtex file that another program such as zotero, mendeley or jabref will have exported. These programs usually have a field called FILE or file that points to a path where the document file can be found.

To import such a library you can use a provided script originally intended for zotero which is, however, general enough to work for other programs too.

To install this script you can install the project papis-zotero and follow the instructions therein to import a bibliography file into papis.

You can also take a look at the zotero2papis project in order to see a different workflow and different implementation of a converter script. This blogpost explains the workflow using papis with zotero and SyncThing.