Opening RIS files

Did your computer fail to open a RIS file? We explain what RIS files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your RIS 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.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

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