How to export a EndNote libray to a MEDLINE/RIS file format

PuMed offers an option to add references to a bibliography using a file, which is obviously more convenient than entering each reference manually. I am talking about references  which are not in PubMed.

The file needs to be a MEDLINE or RIS formatted one.

EndNote allows exporting a library (or part of it) in any format, but surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be any way to export it in either a MEDLINE or RIS formatted file.

I can’t possibly be the first one to be facing this problem, but I failed to find any help on this issue in the forums (there is only one thread about this topic, and it basically ends up with the advice: write you own style.

thread link:

4 years later, is that still the case? I have tried to export from endnote in different styles, but PubMed refuses to interpret these bibliography files.

Thanks in adance for any pointers.

There is a Refman (RIS) export style which I think is part of the default downloaded output styles. At least it lives in my “default” folder.  I attach my version.  

Also, if this in relation to the Biosketch production, I had posted a question on exporting from endnote for that.  I got a response, but they never reached out to me with the perl program.  You might try PMing them
RefMan (RIS) Export.ens (298 KB)

Have tried using Endnote’s “Refman (RIS) Export” output style to export your Endnote library as an RIS-formatted file. (Go to the Endnote toolbar and select Edit >Output styles >Open Style Manager. Scroll down the list in the Style Manager dialog box and select Refman (RIS) Export.)

The Refman style worked like a charm.

Thanks a bunch!



When I try to save ris file as export/ it saved as text document&?

How to save it as ris ??


After exporting, just change the file name to end in .ris rather than .txt