Collaboration with research team on multiple devices
I have a researcher and have a team of research assistants. It is impractical for us all to work on the same computer doing sorting of references, etc. The online version of Zotero does not seem as user-friendly in terms of being able to sort articles around in different folders, etc. (I can't get it to drag and drop, etc.). Is it possible for us to all download the desktop version, and use the desktop version in multiple places, without overriding what we each are doing, or getting the syncing confused? I ask because we had fits with Endnote and Mendeley about this, which is why we are switching. I think we will try to use a team schedule so only one of us is using it at once, and we will sync before and after (from whatever desktop we are on). Will this work and keep us from having problems? Any other suggestions for this kind of team collaboration? In Endnote and Mendeley, we kept having folders disappear and or emptied, and kept having to redo things. Trying to avoid that in the future. Thanks.
No need to schedule work. Make sure you leave auto-sync enabled, and use Zotero 5, which is much better at avoiding conflicts from concurrent changes than earlier versions.
(If somebody has auto-sync disabled or is offline, it's generally still fine. You'd be a little more likely to get a conflict from two people making incompatible changes, but in most cases Zotero would still be able to merge changes automatically.)