There are a few tools that will automatically retrieve BibTeX-formatted references from MathSciNet. BibDesk is offered with TeXShop, but only works on a Mac. Are there similar tools that work for Unix/Linux or for Windows? There are a few applications written as stand-alones that get the job done:
mscget (requires python), bibupdate, bibget (a shell script).

JabRef can retrieve references from a number of archives, but MathSciNet is not listed among these resources.

Some potential tools are mentioned in this answer to What are good sites to find citations in BibTex format?, listed under "Reference managers that allow BibTeX export/import". MathSciNet is not included among the archives covered, although it is mentioned as a resource from which BibTeX-formatted references can be downloaded manually.

Note: I work for Mathematical Reviews / MathSciNet.

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  • Papers (from Labtiva) does, but it's $80. available for Mac/Win
    – naphaneal
    Mar 29, 2016 at 16:33
  • @Naphaneal [Papers] (papersapp.com) looks very much like the [Papers Reference Manager] (springer.com/gp/authors-editors/author-zone/…) available from Springer. Are they the same? or related? Mar 30, 2016 at 13:56
  • same software. Springer does link to the developer site.
    – naphaneal
    Mar 30, 2016 at 15:09

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I guess you can try zotero (https://www.zotero.org/), a free cross-platform reference management.


There is bibretrieve which works in Emacs.


KBibTeX is a bibliography editor for KDE that supports retrieving bibliographic information from various sources, including mathscinet.


Many years ago, I adapted Refbase to a mathematical setting, which included writing import plugins for MathSciNet and the arXiv. My adapted version can be found on github. It is, however, quite old now.

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