During a recent LaTeX introductory workshop, many participants said that they’re very much looking forward to using LaTeX for their future writings, but mentioned that there didn’nt seem to be an obvious way of porting their existing EndNote bibliography libarary into BibTeX format.
EndNote does have an “Export BibTeX” filter, but it doesn’t seem to generate satisfactory BibTeX files. After some googling, I found Bevan Weir’s customised export filter, which does a much better job than EndNote’s default. I modified his filter file a little bit more, and was able to convert an EndNote bibliography library to BibTeX with the following steps.
I tested this with EndNote X5 on the Mac, with JabRef 2.7, but they should also work with Windows versions.
%ENDNOTE% refers to the path where EndNote is installed on your system.
- Start EndNotes, and load your library.
- Make sure the new style is listed:
Edit > Output Styles > Open Style Manager
- File > Export
Make sure Save File as Type is set to Text Only, and Output Style is set to
- Save your file and check that it has a
- Open the exported
.bibin JabRef. There will be a whole bunch of errors about corrupted or empty BibTeX keys; don’t worry. Just click OK.
Ctrl+Ato select all the BibTeX entreis, Tools > Autogenerate BibTeX keys.
- Check through the BibTeX entries, especially those highlighted red, to check and correct any crucial information loss.
And hopefully the converted bibliography file is now usable enough.