3 Import bibliography data from a reference manager library

If you are using a reference manager such as Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote, or if you have exported your bibliography data from another tool, you can import your reference library from the reference manager into Manuscripts. Then, you can use Manuscripts’ built-in citation tool to insert citations throughout your document. If you are using a reference manager that Manuscripts does not work with directly, you can import bibliography data from a file.

Note: The Papers 3, Bookends, and F1000workspace support directly inserting citations into Manuscripts. However, if you choose, you can import Papers or Bookends reference libraries instead and use the built-in citation tool to cite.


Import bibliography data directly from a reference manager

To import your references from Bookends, EndNote, Mendeley, Papers 3, or Zotero:

  1. From the main menu, select File > Import > Bibliography Data
  2. Select the library you want to import:
    If a reference library is grayed out, that means that Manuscripts has detected that it is not installed on your system.

When you add references to your reference library, you can update Manuscripts with the changes by selecting File > Import > Bibliography Data > Repeat Last Import.

Import Bibliography Data


Import bibliography data from a file

In addition to the reference managers mentioned previously, you can also import from any reference manager that exports to standard bibliography data formats.

Supported formats include:

  • BibTeX
  • BibLaTeX
  • RIS
  • EndNote XML
  • Citeproc JSON
  • MODS data file

To import your file:

  1. Select File > Import > Bibliography Data > From File… from the main menu.
  2. Navigate to your reference library export, select it, and click Open.

Alternatively, you can also drag a bibliography file onto the Manuscripts dock icon, or open the file directly using the File > Open option on the main menu.