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Zotero: Collaboration in Zotero

A guide for using Zotero, a free, browser-based citation manager

Zotero Groups

Zotero  groups allow you to share and collaborate with others in private or public groups you create. You can also join an existing public Zotero group by searching for it, or be invited to a group by its owner.

  Private Groups Public, Closed Membership Public, Open Membership
Zotero group visible to anyone N Y Y
Zotero group findable in group searches N Y Y
Zotero group shown on member's profile pages N Y Y
Membership by invitation only Y Y N
Members can share references Y Y Y
Members can share files Y (if enabled) Y (if enabled) N
Administrator can hide library from non-members Y Y Y

Create a Group

1. Log in to your account.

2. Go to

3. Choose a name for your group, and choose the type of group.

4. Set and save your Group Settings and Library Settings.

5. Under Members Settings you can designate roles for members and invite new members. You can send the inviations using email addresses or Zotereo usernames.

Member roles are:

Group owner: can change group public/private states, control access by members.

Administrator: change gruop public/private status, control access by members, and change group settings.

Member: edit group library according to access level determined by adminstrator or group owner.