The goal of this post is to document how I use Org-Roam suite of packages.
Note: My entire Org directory + All my papers live in Dropbox
Zotero + Zotfile + BetterBibTex Plugin:
I use zotero for file management. Moreover, I use the zotfile plugin to rename and save the PDFs in a folder in Dropbox. I have installed the BBT plugin to generate and keep updated a .bib file of all the papers in my Zotero.
I use helmbibtex in DOOM emacs to read the .bib file created in the previous step. I search for the file, and then hit
tab to open the contextual menu and hit edit notes (
This opens a capture template that is prepopulated with all the necesary information about the paper. Note: this also allows me to choose the PDF I want to use for note taking.
The next thing I do is
M-x org-noter. Which opens up the PDF and the Note taking buffer in a separate window.
Then I use org noter to take the notes. You can look up the functionality of org-note here. It truly is an amazing package. The most often used shortcut for me is
M-i. I have
company-roam also installed which allows me to quickly insert links to existing notes - however, you can use
insert roam link (
SPC n i) to replicate the functionality.
Org-Roam-Server: I use
org-roam-server to see the visualization of my knowledge graph, the clusters give me a visual cue to think about how else I can link the paper I am processing, and how it relates to others concepts that I might be interested in.
Org-Roam-Server also has an enable preview feature and a buffer view which can make parsing the information you have a little bit easier once the whole knowledge graph gets too complex.
I hope the academics on this subreddit find this helpful. If you are interested, my config files are here on GitHub.