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.