I finally have multi-cite up and running. This is an pandoc filter that produces ordered reference lists directly from URLs, or other identifiers.
The current version is not complete. It allows me to cite references like so (Stevens et al. 2019), which works quite nicely. It also allows the use of Pubmed IDs and there again, will produce a hopefully useful reference list. It allows also arXiv IDs (n.d.a) or a general URL(n.d.b) but at the moment does not capture any metadata.
Still at least I can add these into my written material and update the references as they become available. If the reference list below contains three full references I will have succeeded!
Stevens, Robert, Phillip Lord, James Malone, and Nicolas Matentzoglu. 2019. “Measuring Expert Performance at Manually Classifying Domain Entities Under Upper Ontology Classes.” Journal of Web Semantics 57 (August): 100469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.websem.2018.08.004.