RIS File Format
An RIS file is a plain text file that can contain multiple references. RIS files can be exported from reference software such as EndNote and Reference Manager. Each reference is composed of a variable number of fields, and each field is preceded by a six-character tag. Some tags are specific only to certain reference types. Each tag must be in a specific format, and certain other rules apply to all tags.
Upon upload, we will automatically look in Web of Science Core Collection for matches to the uploaded records and will obtain the number of citing articles for each record found. For records found in Web of Science Core Collection, ResearcherID will be able to calculate Citation Metrics and perform functions in ResearcherID Labs.
Supported Reference Types
The RIS upload functionality of ResearcherID.com accepts all 35 RIS Refernce Types (TY):
Field Name Reference Type
Serial (Book, Monograph)
Each of these Reference Types supports various data fields. Not all of the supported data fields are displayed in ResearcherID.
Tags in an RIS file are six-characters, in the format:
Uppercase alphabetic character, specific to each field type.
Uppercase alphabetic or numeric character, specific to each field type.
Characters 3 and 4
Spaces (ANSI 32)
Dash (ANSI 45)
Space (ANSI 32)
Each tag and its contents must be on a separate line, preceded by a "carriage return/line feed" (ANSI 13 10).
Except for the first tag of each reference, which must be "TY - " (type of reference) and the last tag of each reference, which must be "ER - " (end of reference), the tags within each reference can be in any order.
Here is a sample reference from an RIS file. An RIS file can contain multiple references.
TY - JOUR
A1 - Baldwin,S.A.
A1 - Fugaccia,I.
A1 - Brown,D.R.
A1 - Brown,L.V.
A1 - Scheff,S.W.
T1 - Blood-brain barrier breach following cortical contusion in the rat
JO - Journal of Neurosurgery
Y1 - 1996
VL - 85
SP - 476
EP - 481
Note about the UR tag (for Web/URL In the RIS file): Use the pipe ("|") character without spaces instead of the semicolon to separate multiple URLs.
The following scenarios will result in the entire RIS file being rejected:
- File is in binary format.
- Tag syntaxes are incorrect.
- The file is too large (there is a 1 MB file size limit).