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Zotero: Groups

Use Zotero to collect, manage and cite your research resources, create collections for research projects, share your data with your collaborators, and generate bibliographies.

Creating a Group

Groups allow you to share citations and files with other people.

  • To create a group, click on the Library icon in your Zotero window and select "create new group"
  • You will be prompted to log in to your Zotero account. 
  • Click on 'Create a New Group' and enter a name for your group.
  • Choose a membership type, either Public Open, Public Closed, or Private. For more on the group types, please see Zotero Group Types.

For more information on Zotero Groups, please see the Zotero Groups documentation page.

Inviting Members

After you create the group, you can invite members by clicking on 'Members Settings' and then 'Send More Invitations' 

Member Settings

Add email addresses of prospective members. Library/Group members will receive an email from

Once members join the group, they will need to sync their Zotero accounts before they see the group in their Zotero library. To sync your Zotero account, click on the green circular arrow in your Zotero account.  Sync Button

Zotero Group Types

There are three types of Zotero groups. 

Private Groups

  • Can only be seen by members and group will not appear publicly online
  • Group members must be invited to join
  • Group members can share files in addition to reference information

Public, Closed

  • Group appears publicly online
  • Users can only join by being invited or by requesting an invitation
  • Group members can share files in addition to reference information

Public, Open

  • Group appears publicly online
  • Anyone can join the group instantly without needing an invitation
  • Can only share reference information, not files

For more information on Group Types, please see the Zotero Groups documentation page.

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