The citation export format that the digital library of the Journal of Biomechanics is End-note by default. Is there any way that this can be exported in BibTeX?

  • Converters from RIS to bibtex might be helpful in case there is no such option, for example see bruot.org/ris2bib – user3825755 Feb 16 '16 at 10:58
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    is this question really related to academia? – padawan Feb 16 '16 at 14:27
  • biber can work with RIS files. – Johannes_B Feb 17 '16 at 8:25
  • I fail to see that this question is on topic. If the question would be how can i convert RIS to BibTeX sure, but this is like asking for my supermarket just sells apples. How can i make them sell oranges – Johannes_B Feb 17 '16 at 8:27

Use the DOI API, it works out of the box from the terminal in Linux and Mac, and it is probably possible to do from Windows too:

curl -LH "Accept: text/bibliography; style=bibtex" http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.10.038

Note that the DOI sometimes is missing some values, and won't escape capitalised words (proper names, acronyms... should be in curly braces like so: {PDB}, {Einstein}'s equations).


biber can hndle RIS files, but the support is still experimental. Had to change the title tag in order to make it work, which tells us:
Do not rely on citations exported by a website. Always do a sanity check.



ID  - testentry
TI  - Experimental Identification of Potential Falls in Older Adult Hospital Patients
AU  - Cloutier, Aimee
AU  - Yang, James
AU  - Pati, Debajyoti
AU  - Valipoor, Shabboo
N1  - doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.02.012
DO  - 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.02.012
T2  - Journal of Biomechanics
JF  - Journal of Biomechanics
PB  - Elsevier
SN  - 0021-9290
M3  - doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.02.012
UR  - http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.02.012
Y2  - 2016/02/17
ER  - 
\citeauthor{testentry} wrote \citetitle{testentry} in
  • Just checked with Biber 2.3. I also get four Use of uninitialized value $last_tag in hash element at errors, but still everything looks fine ... – moewe Mar 9 '16 at 16:46
  • @moewe I can't recall any warning. But with 2.4 it ends up with I didn't find a database entry for 'testentry' (section 0). – Johannes_B Mar 9 '16 at 16:59
  • Didn't you mention this warning/error comment? The rest seems to be working for me. (Except the DOI isn't recognised even though according to Wikipedia this is OK). – moewe Mar 9 '16 at 17:12
  • @moewe I can't recall a warning when writing the answer. I checked today because endnote and zotero support is dropped with 3.4 and 2.4, so i checked this answer here. Biber reports the uninitialized value thing 20 times followed by didn't find a database entry. So, this is localized to my machine? – Johannes_B Mar 9 '16 at 17:18
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    Oh, you are right. I didn't pay attention. Should have listen to the italic part of the answer :-) – Johannes_B Mar 9 '16 at 17:25

Your BibTeX database is a critical resource. As such, what you can get from external sources can be taken only as a first, rough draft (for instance, the BibTeX entries from the ACM journals suck heavily: wrong capitalization, missing/redundant/useless fields, ...). You should invest the time to check them for accuracy, fix mistakes, and complete all relevant fields. In the end, you'll have to do it only once.

In a series of projects I guided we set up a central BibTeX database, which everybody could add to and fix, used by all our papers and theses. That guaranteed complete, correct citations, and cut down on duplicate work.


Search for the title in Google scholar. Then export to bibtex.

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