RIS Format Specifications
The "RIS" format is a format for information providers who deliver bibliographic information to customers on the web. Examples of such providers include Google Scholar, Web of ScienceTM, Ovid®, Science Direct, and OCLC®. Typically, providers maintain websites that allow a user to search a database of bibliographic references and obtain lists of matching references that they can view or save in varying formats.
Users of these websites who also use bibliographic software such as EndNoteTM or Reference Manager are accustomed to saving these lists as text files and then importing them back into their bibliographic software program. This process involves several steps: choosing the correct listing format, saving the listing, selecting an appropriate import option, and importing that into the bibliographic program.
An "Export to Bibliographic Software" button makes the process one step. From the user's point of view, once a search has been completed and a set of references marked, they simply click the "Export" button and their bibliographic program pops up and imports the references directly. It makes it look like the web page of the information provider and the bibliographic program are integrated.
In addition to these instructions, our technical support team is available to answer any questions about providing direct export functionality on a web page. In addition, we provide trial versions of our desktop products which may be useful in creating and testing direct export options.
Complete documentation is available here.