Problem with Publication date : in english in the editor online catalogue, in frend in Zotero


As I import some references from some editor online catalogue, the publication date witch is in English in the editor online catalogue, appears in French in Zotero. I've tried with the english version of Zotero et I have the same problem.

For exemple this reference :

Density dependence in seabirds: Great Skuas Stercorarius skua start to breed at a younger age when conditions are better
Type Journal Article
Author Robert W. Furness
Volume 30
Issue 1
Pages 43-50
Publication Ringing & Migration
ISSN 0307-8698
Date janvier 2, 2015
Journal Abbr Ringing & Migration
DOI 10.1080/03078698.2015.1059631

or this one :

Assortative mating for carotenoid colouration but not size in the Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Type Journal Article
Author Abdessalem Hammouda
Author Foued Hamza
Author Tasnim Ayadi
Author Jessica Pearce-Duvet
Author Slaheddine Selmi
Volume 63
Issue 2
Pages 289-292
Publication Bird Study
ISSN 0006-3657
Date avril 2, 2016
Journal Abbr Bird Study
DOI 10.1080/00063657.2016.1185087
Accessed 27/10/2016 à 11:35:55
Library Catalog (Atypon)

Do you have an idea of what is going on ? And a way to solve this problem ?

Thanking you in advance for any help

Best regards
  • I'm pretty sure it's just picking up the language from your OS for the date -- we can try to troubleshoot this, but is it actually a problem for you? Note that Zotero parses the dates for citations anyway and produces it in the right format and language for the citation style.
  • I have just tried to change the langage of my OS and put it in English but the date still stay in French. It's a problem for me as I import those references in our documentary web portal which give bibliographic references in English.
  • but how are you exporting them? Zotero export translators can also do any format you want.
  • But you can look at the instructions here:
    that'll likely work, too.
  • I have followed the instruction you gave me yesterday but I does work.

    Zotero user interface changes and turn into English but the publication date ie Month is still in French !

    The references stored in Zotero are imported in my documentary software through a specific connector wich belong to this Opensource library management software called PMB ( This connector imports the reference as it is in Zotero, it is the reason why it is so important that the Publication date in Zotero is a real copy of the original bibliographic reference.

    How can I achieve this goal ?
  • edited November 25, 2016
    This connector imports the reference as it is in Zotero
    I mean -- that's just a bad idea and they should fix it. Zotero stores parsed dates in its database and they should be pushing those to any database. The literal date field, since it allows for various formats of manual entry, is bound to be inconsistent.

    Beyond that, though, I'm afraid I don't have a good idea. It's possible that the site recognizes you're in France and serves the date in French in the metadata or so.
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