About Ref2RIS Converter


ref2ris.zip (99KB)

for MacOS 10.4+

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see the "MacOS 10.8 and newer" section below

See the change log for last update info (2017-06-01).

Ref2RIS will convert a bibliography (in TXT, RTF, DOC, DOCX, ODT, HTML, or webarchive) into the RIS format that Endnote/Zotero/etc can read.

More or less. You'll still have editing to do. But for more than a few references it's probably a better time:results ratio than any other method out there.

Currently supports converting from:

I'll add other styles according to demand - please contact me.

If you're curious about the code behind it, you can read my article Ref2RIS: Importing Word-Processed Bibliographies into Bibliographic Management Software in Code4Lib Journal no. 16.

How to use

Ref2RIS works best with MacOS 10.4 and up, but some functionality is available on older MacOSX and Linux computers if you're a bit more patient with following instructions.

MacOS 10.8 and newer

MacOS 10.4 - 10.7

Older MacOS X computers (adaptable for Linux)

Alternatives for Windows


I'd love to know if you've used Ref2RIS and found it useful! I'm contactable at deborah.fitchett@protonmail.com.

I'd also love to know if you can see ways to improve it. I'm happy to tweak things or add scripts for other styles as long as it's easy, fun, monetarily rewarding, and/or for a good cause. :-)

More info


Licensed GPLv3
GNU General Public License v.3

(Shorter GPL: Use and share freely; but if you modify the code it should be shared under similar terms.)



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