Feature request: Update or force recheck of metadata

  • +1 from me for this feature request.
  • edited December 7, 2020
    +1 Just went through and had to update 50+ references for a paper and having some way of automating this would have saved me hours of my time. Maybe it would be possible to select multiple entries and have an "update meta data" option under right click which then brings up a dialogue window that shows you what you have, and what Zotero pulls down and you can go through, reference by reference, and choose what to keep, as well as have a "accept all changes" button that throws a warning "This will overwrite all of the existing metadata. Do you want to continue"
  • +1 to this feature
  • +1 to this, it would be extremely useful.

    Not only for pre-prints, also when I am quickly adding some references but some sources have more complete and accurate metadata than others, so being able afterwards to update and complete and/or correct the metadata for an item would be awesome.

    I like the way and interface Calibre uses to achieve this for ebooks, if it's any help
  • +1 as well. Seems this has been a long requested feature, fingers crossed for 2021!

    One of the biggest issues I have with the workaround of adding a new entry then merging, is that it often results in doubling up of the PDF files. Fine, so you delete the duplicated pdf file in Zotero but this doesn't remove the file from the Zotero storage folder and there seems to be no simple way to remove unused attachments from the zotero storage folder. Mendely does all this easily, but I am dying to ditch Elsevier!
  • +1 An auto-update button is needed to update metadata of existing entries.
  • Most definitely a highly useful feature, if it were to be implemented. +1
  • edited March 25, 2021
    +1 the auto-update is very useful especially one has old items in the labs
  • I see requests for this feature dating back to 2010!? Is there a plug-in, if not a built-in feature to accomplish this?
  • a workflow that could be very handy:
    - user sees errors in the meta data for a PDF that was "auto-detected"
    - user enters correct information in select fields (this might include updating DOI, or perhaps entering a single correct word in Title, and so on). The point here is that the user enters a **minimal** set of distinguishing features.
    - user invokes command to Rebuild Metadata for Selected Reference. Zotero uses currently populated information to do a search. It also uses the data it can extract from the PDF itself.
    - The top 5 'hits' are shown to the user. User selects one and metadata populates with the corresponding information.
  • I'd love to have this feature. I switched from Mendeley and overall like Zotero much better. The lack of this feature, however, makes collaborating with others (I frequently import bib-lists from multiple users) difficult, as each entry is formatted differently. Re-fetching the data would be of massive help in making my lists consistent.
  • +1
    I am often getting articles where the metadata is not embedded correctly in the PDF, or I have imported directly from a mobile device (where metadata import is lagging far behind still) and am not able to update these entries without significant intervention (i.e. constructing a new entry manually). If a PubMed ID or DOI is present, or even using a title-based search, it should be straightforward to query a database to offer updated metadata.
    I am not yet familiar enough with Zotero to write such a plug-in myself, but I hope someone out there is.
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