Files with ris extension are generally related to Research Information System format. An ris file stores citation entries in ASCII text file format.

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RIS file extension - Research Information Systems citation

What is ris file? How to open ris files?

File type specification:

Text file type icon Text file type

File extension ris is used for a specialized citation format developed by Research Information Systems (RIS).

The aim of this format is to give citation and bibliographic software the ability to exchange data. RIS format is supported by large number of reference managers and digital libraries.

RIS format is a simply ASCII text file that contains citation entries in lines that contain two letters, two spaces, a dash, a space and the reference.

Where the two letters denote a special tags that define various elements in the bibliographic reference, such as name of the source, author of the source, date, page number, ISBN etc.

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Updated: November 8, 2023

The default software associated to open ris file:

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Thomson Reuters logoReference Manager  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Thomson Reuters

Reference Manager is a bibliographic reference and citation management software developed by Thomson Reuters. It acts as online reference search tool, database manager for citations and references and web publishing software. It is ideal for sharing bibliographic entries as well.

Help how to open:

RIS format can be imported to various bibliographic software. These files can also be viewed in any text editor.

How to convert:

Bibliographic programs generally can process citations from one format to another. It is not perfect, but mostly works.

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List of software applications associated to the .ris file extension

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and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open ris file, edit ris file, convert ris file, view ris file, play ris file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting ris files.

Software that open ris file - Research Information Systems citation

Programs supporting the exension ris on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open ris file action.

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