1 How citations and bibliographies work in Manuscripts

Using Manuscripts and your existing reference manager, you can easily add citations to your document, change citation styles throughout your document with a single selection, and have Manuscripts automatically generate and update your bibliography.

How Manuscripts handles citations

  1. You save references to the reference manager of your choice – whatever you’re most comfortable using.
  2. In Manuscripts, you cite references from your library. With some reference managers, such as Papers 3 or F1000Workspace, you create citations directly from your reference manager. With others, such as Mendeley or Zotero, you import your reference library into Manuscripts, then use the built-in citation tool to cite. Manuscripts supports many reference libraries and most library export formats, so the chances are good that you can keep using the reference manager that works best for you.
  3. Using the Insert Bibliography feature, you can add a bibliography anywhere in your document. Manuscripts automatically populates your bibliography with your citations and keeps it up to date as you add, edit, or remove citations.
  4. Manuscripts stores the reference data as metadata, independent of any style specific-formatting. The citation style is applied when the citation is displayed. Because the data and the format are separate, as soon as you choose a new citation style, Manuscripts is able to update all citations and the bibliography immediately. If you prepared your manuscript for one publisher and then decide to submit to another, you can change all of your references to the new citation style with a single menu selection.

How to create citations and manage bibliographies

To get started, see how to use your reference manager with Manuscripts. Once you have this set up, refer to the documentation to find out how to:

Cite References

Change how citations are presented

Create and manage bibliographies