How do I import a study citation into EndNote/RefWorks/etc.?

EndNote X4+ Users

If you click on Export > Citation > RIS, EndNote should automatically import the citation. If the citation comes through with the reference type "Computer Program," you'll need to update your RIS import filter, which can be obtained from EndNote's Web site. Simply download the file and place it in the EndNote X4/Filters folder; it will replace the pre-existing "RefMan RIS.enf" file.

Older Versions of EndNote

If you click on Export > Citation > RIS, EndNote should automatically import the citation. Unfortunately, the citation will come through with the reference type "Computer Program," due to how the EndNote software interprets the "DATA" publication type in RIS. To correct this issue, you can either upgrade your software, or consult EndNote for assistance.

Other Bibliographic Software

Just click on Export > Citation > RIS. Your software will either import it automatically, or it will save a small citation file to your hard drive. Open your bibliographic software and look for an "Import" option in the "File" menu. In the dialogue box, point it at that file. There may be an additional menu that lets you specify the type of import; look for a filter labeled "RIS" or "RefMan RIS" or "Reference Information Systems."

Please note that RIS is a standard, but not all bibliographic software adheres to the standard. I.e., if you import a study citation into Zotero via RIS, it will call the citation a "Web Page," even though the RIS standard labels it a "Data file."

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