Zotero Integration Plugin - rename filename to shortAuthor (year) - title.md

What I’m trying to do

I am trying to rename the filename of the note generated through the use of the Zotero Integration Plugin when I import a citation using a summary template. To do this I believe I need to create a variable named shortAuthor as there isn’t one I can find natively within Zotero.

Things I have tried

I have searched for the last few days trying to figure it out but I’m relatively new to obsidian and markdown.

When using the QuickAdd Plugin to input zotero citations as described here (How I Read Research Papers with Obsidian and Zotero | Christian B. B. Houmann) I can get the desired result. However, this leaves me limited in that when I try to use other templates I find online they clash because the format of the syntax is different. i.e. {{VALUE: author}} for quick add vs {{author}}.

This wasn’t an issue when I was using the template outlined in the aforementioned blog post but as I’ve tried to incorporate things from other templates such as specific headings or colours for specific coloured annotations in the Zotero item I’m importing, it breaks.

What I need

Any advice would be appreciated and I’m happy to provide more details or examples of my code! Specifically advice on how I can either 1) Generate a short author variable and incorporate it into my filename using Zotero integration plugin or 2) retrieve and display the colour of annotations from Zotero in the template outlined by the linked blog post.

Thank you so much for your time!

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What version of zotero are you using and with what plugins?

I don’t think it’s possible to do what you want to do without extensive plug-in assistance or writing your own…

Best of luck figuring it out though!

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