I am trying to use the setup of org-cite and org-ref-cite described on jkitchin’s org-ref-cite repository (https://github.com/jkitchin/org-ref-cite) but I keep getting the error

Cannot open load file: No such file or directory, org-cite.

My adjusted setup is:

(add-to-list 'load-path "/Users/XXX/github/org-mode/lisp/")

(use-package org-cite
  :load-path "/Users/XXX/github/org-mode/lisp/"
 (require 'oc-csl)

The folder org-mode is the git-repo from https://code.orgmode.org/bzg/org-mode

Using Emacs 27.2 and use-package is also installed.

I cannot find any difference to the setup of the repo above. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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The problem has also been discussed elsewhere: https://github.com/jkitchin/org-ref-cite/issues/20

To make it short:

For org-cite the name for the package has been changed to oc.

Loading org-cite with

(use-package oc
  :load-path  "/Users/xxx/github/org-mode/lisp/"
  (require 'oc-csl))

works fine.

But if you load org before-hand, load it also with this specific path:

(use-package org
  :load-path  "/Users/xxx/github/org-mode/lisp/"
  :ensure nil

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