Will LO develop a better system for citation/references?

I am unhappy with the built-in possibility for references. For scientific papers or university essays (ALL students have to produce such texts…!) the present system is not sufficient - and these bizarre form of abbreviation as an index is also just plain ugly.
The http://www.zotero.org/ plug-in is ok, but I’d prefer a (offline) simple LO solution.

I hand you over an example of 3 stiles for references, as it should be in my opinion:


Most important would be something like (Author, Year) as an index in the text - AND an easy standard (scientific journal) format for the references.

@sci_citation, Please file an enhancement bug and provide as much information as possible. The QA team will be happy to help you triage your feature request in the bugtracker. Thanks!

what enhancement shall be conducted? hire someone like @qubit1 to digginto data - eventually making things FEEL better.

From my point of view Zotero is the best solution for scientific citation. And you can use Zotero offline.

What is the problem with Zotero as plug-in? I never used it until now but got curious now.

As Jean-Baptiste pointed out, Zotero can be used offline.

I’ve created another answer which may be of your interest, which explores the architecture of Zotero and how it can be used offline:

If you are willing to keep your local library under your control, you can copy it from your home directory onto a pendrive, for example. I personally find this idea almost entirely useless, unless you have a computer without network connection.

Regarding the sources of information you mentioned, I don’t have any particular experience with it. I use Google Scholar for finding papers of interest and I’m able to access them using my login account from the university. I don’t even care which repositories are involved, actually.

Regarding citation styles, “Chicago Manual of Style (author-date)” is possibly what you are looking for. Not sure if there are other styles which produces the same effect.