Here is how I import literature citations and link subordinate PDFs from Zotero into a Personal Brain (PB 220.127.116.11, Zotero 2.0.2, FF 3.6.8, WinXP)
(Preface) This is a great thread which is near and dear to my heart. I am a research scientist (pharma, genomics, biotech) and use the scientific literature and internet extensively.
I am also a hardcore PB and Zotero user and believe PB and Zotero are both the bomb. In Zotero, I usually keep citations and PDF files to published articles. I too have been wanting be able to use PB and my Zotero database together. I do lots of research inside PB. Like many in this thread, I ABSOLUTELY want and need to interface it with literature that I store in Zotero, especially for certain citations and projects. Here is a work-flow that I discovered that works reasonably well for me (but suffers in that it requires too much foresight to set up the screen right etc.) . This work-flow does not allow linking multiple references automatically and does not open Zotero or the citation in Zotero but goes directly to the PDF.
Work-flow to import literature citations and link subordinate PDFs from Zotero into a Personal Brain (v.5.5):
Open Zotero inside Firefox. Open Persona Brain.
I split screen with Zotero and PB each taking top or bottom half of screen (want access to both without obscuring the other).
This might work nice with a huge monitor or two monitors.
Zotero: Select a reference to be exported to PB
Zotero: Right Click, Create Bibliography from Selected Item, Save to Clipboard, OK
Note: you may want to select a Bibliography format (before hitting OK above) that looks the way you want as a thought in PB.
Expand the reference to show the nested underlying PDF file. Highlight PDF.
Zotero: Show File (which opens the local folder where PDF is stored).
PB: Paste thought into PB where you want it.
Zotero: Drag PDF file into PB either onto or beneath bibliographic thought that was just created.
PB: clicking on thought or PDF opens the PDF file from the storage site.
Zotero now allows remote and/or shared storage of libraries and perhaps this might also be incorporated into a different work-flow.
I have been thinking about if and how this workflow or functionality could be improved with AHK Macros, PB 6, Mendelay (which is pretty interesting and improves rapidly - I need to look at this again) or however. Any comments welcome.