JabRef differences in [shorttitle] between versions 3.8.1 and 4., not discounting ‘the’, ‘a’, ‘an’, 'of' in titles

I am working with two versions of JabRef on two windows machine. If I have a title “A paper on the workings of the world” that I want to generate a BibTeX key for in JabRef using the [shorttitle] key pattern I get two different results. For version 3.8.1 I get a BibTex key of:


and on version 4. I get


In both cases, I have [shorttitle] as my default patterns in JabRef. How can I get version 4.1 to discount the unimportant works like it does in version 3.8.1? I don’t want to just update everything to 4.1 as then I won’t be able to generate the BibTeX keys in the style I want.

If there is not a way to revert back to the old formatting style could I request this as a feature?

I previously asked this question on tex.stackexchange.com, that conversation can be found here:


thanks for the proposal. I have adapted the code and created a PR. When the PR is reviewed and merged )in a couple of days or so), the changes will be avaiable in the latest JabRef master version.


Amazing! Thank you so much. Time (almost) to update all my Jabref installs.