Zotero docx bookmark issue with libreoffice writer on Ubuntu

asked 2018-05-04 15:06:00 +0200

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updated 2018-05-04 15:06:53 +0200

LO version-LibreOffice 40m0(Build:2) (installed from ubuntu's repository)
Ubuntu version: 17.10
Zotero version: 5.0.47 (installed from zotero website)
Freshly downloaded zotero integration plugins

For background see this zotero thread: https://forums.zotero.org/discussion/...

Zotero support indicates this is not a Zotero issue, and possibly a LO issue. This issue seems to occur only with DOCX, not odt or doc format. Issue: When reopening saved docx documents with citations in bookmark form, LO/Zotero insist citations have been modified, and offers this dialogue:

"You have modified this citation since Zotero generated it. Do you want to keep your modifications and prevent future updates? Clicking "Yes" will prevent Zotero from updating this citation if you add additional citations, switch styles, or modify the item to which it refers. Clicking "No" will erase your changes."

If you respond no, it will create a duplicate in text citation. If you respond yes (and lose the ability to have the citation update if you modify the corresponding zotero item or switch styles) it will also often create a duplicate citation.

Secondary issue: A lot of random, extra bookmarks are created during this process with names like __UnoMark__2165_1855068224 which hampers functionality of the bookmark navigation window.


  1. Start a new blank document in LO.

  2. hit new zotero citation button.

  3. Prefs dialogue pops up. -Choose style Geoarchaeology (or Quaternary Science Reviews, happens with that too; haven't tried others so far) -Choose bookmarks -Automatically update citations is on

  4. Add a citation.

  5. Save document as docx, then close

  6. Reopen document.

  7. Hit zotero refresh button. It tells me the citation has been modified. Regardless if I click yes (stop updating it) or no (keep updating it normally), a duplicate in text citation will be created next to the first one.

Zotero support looked at sample document created with this method and indicated that document was corrupt.

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