Paul Kiddie

Jabref exports to Word 2007 XML

July 31, 2009

For those of you who don’t know, Jabrefis an open-source, Java based reference manager that allows you to import citations from a number of sources, in a number of formats, and works natively in Bibtex format, the bibliography format of LaTeX. I’ve been using it extensively in my PhD but only recently have I noticed that you can now directly export the list of references in Jabref directly into a Word 2007 XML format for import into Word’s own reference manager. It’s pretty easy to do but there are a few steps involved.

In Jabref: 1. Click File->Export 2. Select MS Office 2007 XML and save file

Once the XML file has been created, you can import any one of the references in the following manner, within Word 2007:

1. Go into the References tab, and select Manage Sources from the menu 2. In the Source Manager dialog box that pops up, click Browse on the left hand side 3. Select the XML file you saved via Jabref, and the references should appear in the ‘Master List’ on the left hand side of the dialog. 4. You can then select any one (or all) of the references in the Master list and by pressing the ‘Copy->’ button the selected references are moved into the ‘Current List’ from which you can use the cite as you write functionality in Word 2007. Any references in this Current List are then written in the bibliography, which you can create by choosing from one of the styles in the Bibliography drop-down in the References tab.

This supersedes an earlier program I posted which did a similar thing.

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