Use case or problem
A key part of many Zettelkasten systems is a special category of “literature note.” The essential usefulness of literature notes is that references to a specific piece of literature connect to the relevant literature note. In the case of Obsidian, this would mean that ideally, references to a piece of literature would link to the literature note, and that the literature note would display a backlink to the places it is cited.
The problem is that in academic work, the typical way to refer to a piece of literature is by a citation. The syntax for a citation is different to the syntax for a link.
The problem is not confined to literature notes — effectively, a literature note is a way of summarising an artefact which exists externally, and bibliography managers such as Zotero are able to track more types of artefact than simply literature.
Another category of artefact which often forms part of a note system is archived web pages.
org-roam-bibtext (an Emacs package), citations are turned into links, which if opened generate a new literature note. From then on, any other citations to the same item are a link to the original literature note.
This seems like an elegant solution. Literature notes should not be created merely for the existence of a citation. They should only be created when a user requests creation (e.g. a prompt when the citation link is opened).
The key element of a solution is first-class support for
pandoc citation syntax as an Obsidian link:
[prenote @CiteKey postnote] or
@Citekey — see Pandoc citation syntax for the details.
I am not proposing support for citation rendering, just recognition of
pandoc citations as valid Obsidian links.
Current workaround (optional)
obsidian-citation plugin has all the mechanisms for building a Zettelkasten, but it has to choose between citing a reference (using Pandoc syntax) or linking to a literature note.
If Obsidian recognised Pandoc citations as Obsidian links, then the plugin would be able to connect citations back to the literature notes.
Related feature requests (optional)
This requests something similar, but is for actual citations. My feature request is simply for recognition within Obsidian of Pandoc citations as a first-class link to the appropriate note.