Can org-ref export through ox-pandoc using a relative path to the bibliography file?

Export via org --> pandoc --> HTML succeeds when the org document contains an absolute path to the bib file. However using a path to the bib file relative to the org file directory, such as bibliography:/bib/mybib.bib, produces the error: File ‘bib/mybib.bib’ not in paths defined via bibtex-file-path.

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I pushed a fix to ox-word that should address this issue and make it possible to use relative paths.

  • Export to MS Word now works using a relative path. Note: In your fix to ox-word (June 6), I had to replace two instances of the variable bibfiles with bibfile in the function ox-export-via-latex-pandoc-to-docx-and-open
    – Snelephant
    Jun 13, 2017 at 10:36

It looks like you are using org-ref. The syntax for using bibliographies with ox-pandoc and pandoc is different than for regular org export. add the following to your header:

#+Bibliography: ~/path/bibliography.bib
  • Original question updated to indicate the use case applies to org-ref.
    – Snelephant
    Jun 13, 2017 at 10:39

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