Regex back-references for citation key patterns

When defining a citation key pattern in JabRef it’s possible to modify a field using :regex("pattern", "replacement"). Is it possible to use back references (e.g. \n for whatever the nth capturing group matched) in the replacement string?

Well … you could try. This seems highly advanced stuff you want to do.

Thanks, I have tried, naively at least, and it didn’t work. Sorry I should’ve mentioned that! I was wondering whether I needed to escape the back reference in an unusual way or use a different command.

All I want to achieve is effectively inserting a hyphen before capital letters :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

The only way I could think to do that is to match capital letters then replace each with a hyphen and back reference to the original matched letter :thinking:


In the end, this syntax works to insert a hyphen between any two consecutive letters, the first of which is lower case, and the second of which is upper case.

It seems that only $n, and not \n, functions correctly to return whatever the nth capturing group matched, contrary to the description linked in the JabRef documentation and quoted above. So I think the link just needs to be updated to the relevant version of Java.

@dom Thank you very much! I would appreciate it if you could add this to the documentation then as well

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