Code to convert to “Station Style?”

Hi Sean,

I successfully imported your CSL file into Zotero standalone application last week.


1. sorted my WWETAC Zotero library by “type”

2. generated a bibliography for each “type.”

3. saved each bibliography per type as a .rtf file

I would attach the results here, but I appear to have saved the results on my home computer rather than on my flash drive.

Today, I successfully imported your CSL file into Zotero add-on for Mozilla Firefox.

I also created a new Zotero library for “usfs_pnwrs” and populated it with citations for one of each research type present in TreeSearch, plus one “Dataset,” for a total of 11 resource types.

I obtained the specific publication types and associated .RIS files from Southern Research Station’s “Publications” page. The SRS publications page has a feature supporting search by publication type.

The 11 data types are reflected in the folder names:












I created .rtf files for each, minus “Dataset” and “RMAP,” which are more involved in that there’s not really an equivalent “item type” in Zotero.

I purposefully collected a mix of a single author, two authors, and more than two authors so you’d be able to see the effect of your style file on the resulting bibliographic citation for one, two, and more than two authors.

I think this is a good illustration of the *type* of resources the Forest Service has; however, my WWETAC collection is more robust in terms of complete metadata. In other words, I think the RIS data I obtained from SRS (probably computer generated) are less fleshed-out than the RIS files I created for the WWETAC collection.

I plan on putting together some documentation for the Author’s Guide detailing how Forest Service employees can install Mozilla Firefox via the FS CIO software distribution site, then install the Zotero add-on. FS employees can then import your CSL file either from, or from a local copy of the .csl file.

From there, lots of great documentation on Zotero:

Zotero supports 32 “types” which seems to be an area of some historic debate:

Looks like there was some initial discussion about adding a “dataset” type that never culminated into anything. I wonder if it would be possible to have a special “type” functionality for the specific types of FS documents?

If it’s possible, I think it might be worth pursuing customized types that reflect the full range of FS resource types (e.g., “dataset” and “RMAP,” among other types).

I’m going to check on my home computer to see if the bibliographies I generated from my WWETAC library are there. If not, I’ll just re-do them.

For now, please check out the .zip file ( containing the 9 .rtf files for the publication types in Treesearch. Each .rtf file is a bibliography generated by Zotero with your csl file applied.


From: Jessel, Tanner – FS
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 11:50 AM
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Subject: FW: Code to convert to "Station Style?"

From: Jessel, Tanner – FS
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 11:42 AM
To: Gordon, Sean N -FS <seangordon>
Subject: RE: Code to convert to "Station Style?"

Hi Sean,

Yes, I will try it this week.

By the way,

Forest Service librarian Julie Blankenburg sent me this:

Had you seen that before?

In fact there appears to be a “Guide for each reference type” (in progress) here:

Also of note: a “cite” option from SRS includes a BibTex, EndNote, and .ris file download, opening up ability to obtain “example” .ris files for each publication type – even the obscure ones –

This is something I can volunteer to do to help test your style file.

A final note – here’s the Zotero style library if you had not already seen it:

It’s linked to the submission process I believe you’re already on to –linking here for my notes:


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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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