I generally write documents with LaTeX typesetting system and manage my references with BibLaTeX. I converted from plain BibTeX some years ago, mostly due to easier implementation of custom styles, handling of online references and proper unicode support.
When submitting journal articles, plain BibTeX is still de-facto standard
amongst those publishers that accept BibTeX submissions. Hence, when I keep my
master reference list in BibLaTeX, I must convert it to BibTeX before
submitting. This StackExchange question touches the subject, and the
accepted answer gives guidelines how to reverse standard BibLaTeX mappings with
biber. However, the solution is still half-way as the definitions are not
I made a configuration file for converting those BibLaTeX files for journal submission, which you can view here . The file
The actual conversion process is made with command line tool
where biber can find it and then run
$ biber --tool --configfile=biblatex-to-bibtex.conf --output-resolve --output-file=out.bib in.bib
Now you should have nice and clean BibTeX file for submission.
If you find mistakes or have suggestions, please chime in!