RIS File Type

- The quick facts

What are RIS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a RIS file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a RIS file?

Files that contain the .ris file extension are most commonly associated with ASCII text files that are used to exchange publication citation information across multiple platforms and computer applications.

The RIS file format was created by Research Information Systems. Each RIS file contains a series of lines that provides citation information for an associated publication, such as the date of the publication being cited, the keywords, the publisher of the publication, the title, issue number and start and end pages.

The RIS file format is supported by a variety of reference management applications, digital libraries and other software programs that export citation information.

How to open RIS files

Important: Different programs may use files with the RIS file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your RIS file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 7 different RIS openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: January 13, 2020

Suggest another file format using extension RIS

While we know of one file format using the .RIS file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .RIS file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of RIS files. Remember, different programs may use RIS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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