New plugins in ONLYOFFICE editors: Mendeley VS Zotero

14 May 2020 By Mike 18 3,867

Great news everyone!

ONLYOFFICE developers created two more helpful plugins, Mendeley and Zotero, which stand next to EasyBib in our collection of perfect tools for building high quality bibliographies for papers and books.

Get to know the new plugins

Mendeley and Zotero are free reference management services that allow searching and managing publication references and creating bibliographies.

The new plugins allow searching the references from the library and inserting them into your documents using over 7000 available citation styles. In a few clicks you get a beautiful wholesome bibliography which otherwise would take you hours to manually research and compose.

Mendeley plugin

Zotero plugin

Zotero VS Mendeley

Feature-wise both plugins offer similar functionality and the interface, which makes them equally comprehensive.

One core difference is that while Mendeley plugin is able to search sources in public libraries, Zotero works only with user’s personal library associated with the account. The desired sources must be added to your library in Zotero before you can search and add them to your bibliography via plugin.

Getting started

Currently, Mendeley and Zotero plugins are available for on-premise versions of ONLYOFFICE. Soon, they will become available in other solutions too.

Both plugins need to be installed and configured manually in ONLYOFFICE Enterprise Edition, ONLYOFFICE Community Edition and ONLYOFFICE Integration Edition or ONLYOFFICE Document Server integrated with a third-party solution (e.g. Nextcloud or ownCloud). Visit Mendeley or Zotero plugin page on GitHub respectively to read about installation and configuration.

In both cases you will need to create an account within the service to connect your plugin to before you start working with it in ONLYOFFICE. You can access the log in/sign in page directly from both plugins.

How to use the plugins

To insert a bibliography in your document using Mendeley or Zotero:

  • Find the needed plugin in the Plugins tab and run it.
  • In the menu, search the desired source by author, title or year.
  • Select the citation style in the drop-down list or type to search for it.
  • Choose the language.
  • Click Insert Bibliography.
Got ideas for new plugins?

If you wish to use your favorite service via plugin in ONLYOFFICE, you are welcome to submit your ideas to our team. Tweet us and we will give it a chance.

You can also create plugins yourself using our API instructions. Learn how to create plugins for ONLYOFFICE editors in our blog.

Got any questions? Drop us a line in the comments below.

Comments (18)
  1. Andrea - Reply
    May 19, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    I’m having trouble with the Mendeley plugin leaving off the authors. I’ve tried about 20 styles and the authors always get skipped. WWHHHYYYY!!!?????

    • Michael - Reply
      May 20, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Andrea!

      Thanks for the feedback. As in the author doesn’t appear in the reference posted in the document?
      Please specify the solution you are using, its version and the particular reference where you have a problem. That would help us investigate.

      Also I want to let you know that the plugin is still new, and you are very welcome to report issues or missing functionality so we can work on this. Thanks.

  2. Filippo Gambarota - Reply
    May 22, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    is the plugin available for the desktop editor? This should be extremely iseful

    • Michael - Reply
      May 25, 2020 at 11:31 am

      Hi Filippo!

      Which plugin are you talking about?

      We are working on adding both to Desktop Editors, but it will take some time. I can say that Zotero is more likely to come first.

  3. Gerhard Bissels - Reply
    May 23, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Hi, I take it this is a plug-in that organisations offering a cloud server-based OnlyOffice set-up could implement, but it’s not for the desktop version. Will there be a plug-in also for the desktop app?
    A cloud-based office solution with a Zotero plug-in has been a desideratum of the academic community for years, and it would be great if that had, at long last, been achieved!

    • Michael - Reply
      May 25, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Hi Gerhard!

      Thanks for the feedback. Yes, we are planning to add Zotero plugin to Desktop Editors. It will take a little while, but we are working on it.

      As for the cloud service – both plugins are already available in the online editors of ONLYOFFICE cloud service.

  4. Katrin - Reply
    May 29, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for these important plugins for the cloud service.
    Unfortunately it is only possible to add bibliographies. But a basic function of Mendeley and zotero is the insertion of individual citations in the text.
    There are a number of citation styles to choose from, but is it possible to upload any more than that? Nor can the style be changed for an existing bibliography.
    It would be nice if the range of functions could be extended as soon as possible.

    • Michael - Reply
      June 2, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Katrin, thanks a lot for your feedback. We are planning to introduce in-text quotes and the existing reference modification for sure, however, adding custom styles to the selection appears to be a tricky task. Stay tuned!

  5. Tel - Reply
    June 1, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    The plugin works great, thanks – but it only does the listing at the end (bibliography) and does not work in tandem with in-text references, connecting the two, as one is used to using in LibreOffice or Word. Will this feature be developed?

    • Michael - Reply
      June 2, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Tel,
      I confirm that the in-text references are planned. Thanks for your feedback and stay tuned!

      • Lennard - Reply
        May 20, 2021 at 5:09 pm

        How is that feature coming along? This is unfortunately a must for my team to be able to switch to onlyoffice. Academic writers are probably not your main concern but I would still guess that we are not the only team eagerly waiting for this feature.

  6. sebastien - Reply
    October 7, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Hi, a priori the zotero plugins is not available in the PC desktop application and it is not yet possible to put a zotero ref into a text. Am I right? Any idea when it will be possible?

    • Nadya - Reply
      October 9, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Hello! We are having problems with making Zotero work with local files, we will solve them, but cannot tell you the exact time frame, unfortunately.

  7. tc - Reply
    December 13, 2020 at 2:31 pm


    First up, thanks for deciding to integrate these features in what is already one of the best document editors next to the $MS offerings. I think if support for citations (zotero) is built-in, you will attract a lot of research/university crowd. Am I correct in guessing that zotero integration is not yet possible in the desktop version? If so, is there a time-line for when this might be implemented?


    • Nadya - Reply
      December 15, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      Yes, it’s a popular request, we hope it will be available soon

  8. Whendel Couto - Reply
    July 2, 2021 at 6:12 am

    Oi, pelos comentários que acompanhei, estou certo que estão trabalhando na implementação do Mendeley para a versão Desktop, é o único fator que me faz ainda não migrar 100% para o Only.

    A comunidade acadêmica aguarda ansiosamente esta integração. Parabéns aos desenvolvedores !

  9. MDus - Reply
    August 19, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    So how is the desktop plugin for Zotero coming along? Anywhere near soon?

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