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For improving developer's documentation, go on at the docs/ subdirectory of JabRef's code and edit the file. GitHub offers a good guide at Editing files in another user's repository. In case you use some gitbook special features, and you want to test them, checkout JabRef's code locally, and execute following steps. JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format.JabRef is a desktop application and runs on the Java VM (version 8), and works equally well on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

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BibTeX Format Description

BibTeX-files may contain four different types of entries:
  • @STRING defines abbreviations in the form of
    which can later be used in a tag like this
  • @PREAMBLE defines how special text should be formatted.
  • @COMMENT for comments not taken in regard by BibTeX.
  • Entries each declaring a single reference to a type of publication, for example:@article, @book, @inproceedings etc.

A BibTeX entry consists of the type (the word after @), a citation-key and a number of tags which define various characteristics of the specific BibTeX entry.

Among those tags can be for example: author, title, year, etc. Some tags are mandatory for certain types of BibTeX entries, some are optional.

There is a set of standard-tags existing, which can be interpreted by BibTeX or third-party tools. Those which are unknown are ignored by BibTeX, thus can be used to store additional information without interfering with the final outcome of a document.



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A BibTeX tag is specified by its name followed by an equals-sign and the content. The tag's name is not case-sensitive. The content needs to be enclosed by either curly braces or quotation-marks. Which form of enclosure is used is depending on the user's taste, and both can be applied together in a single BibTeX entry, but there is one difference between those two methods: When quotation-marks are used, string concatenation using # is possible, but not when braces are used.

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For example, the following statements are equal:

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It is important to know that abbreviations previously defined using the @string command can only be used in conjunction with other strings using the string concatenation.

Numbers can either be enclosed by braces or quotation-marks, but can stand alone. Tags are separated by commas; if not, the BibTeX parser will produce an error. The last tag can be finished with a comma, although not necessarily.

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is a correct BibTeX entry.