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RIS File Format

General Information

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. Refer to to the RIS Format Specification for more information.

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

ABST

Abstract

ADVS

Audiovisual material

ART

Art Work

BILL

Bill/Resolution

BOOK

Book, Whole

CASE

Case

CHAP

Book chapter

COMP

Computer program

CONF

Conference proceeding

CTLG

Catalog

DATA

Data file

ELEC

Electronic Citation

GEN

Generic

HEAR

Hearing

ICOMM

Internet Communication

INPR

In Press

JFULL

Journal (full)

JOUR

Journal

MAP

Map

MGZN

Magazine article

MPCT

Motion picture

MUSIC

Music score

NEWS

Newspaper

PAMP

Pamphlet

PAT

Patent

PCOMM

Personal communication

RPRT

Report

SER

Serial (Book, Monograph)

SLIDE

Slide

SOUND

Sound recording

STAT

Statute

THES

Thesis/Dissertation

UNBILl

Unenacted bill/resolution

UNPB

Unpublished work

VIDEO

Video recording

Each of these Reference Types supports various data fields. Not all of the supported data fields are displayed in ResearcherID.

File Format

Refer to to the RIS Format Specification for more information.

Tags in an RIS file are six-characters, in the format:

Character 1

Uppercase alphabetic character, specific to each field type.

Character 2

Uppercase alphabetic or numeric character, specific to each field type.

Characters 3 and 4

Spaces (ANSI 32)

Character 5

Dash (ANSI 45)

Character 6

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.

Refer to http://www.refman.com/support/risformat_intro.asp for more information about the RIS file format.

Sample Reference

Here is a sample reference from an RIS file. An RIS file can contain multiple references. Refer to http://www.refman.com/support/risformat_intro.asp for more information and samples.

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
ER  -

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.

Possible Errors

The following scenarios will result in the entire RIS file being rejected:

  1. File is in binary format.
  2. Tag syntaxes are incorrect.
  3. The file is too large (there is a 1 MB file size limit). 
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