Extracting Resource Metadata from a Citation List with AnyStyle.io


One useful way to collect resources on a topic is to check out the list of citations that previous papers on the topic have used. However, it often takes a lot of time to parse through these lists and import them into your citation management software one-by-one for inclusion in your own work.

To work around this, you can use an online service at AnyStyle.io [http://AnyStyle.io] to convert the citation list to metadata that your citation management software (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote) can understand. Simply follow these steps:

1. Copy the Citation List from the Article

Copy the citation list from your article

To copy the citation list from your article, open it as a word processing docuemnt (e.g., MS Word) or PDF, click and drag to select the text, and go to Edit > Copy. Depending on your file format, this might be easiest to do in multiple steps (copying one chunk of citations, moving on to Step 2, and then coming back).

2. Paste the List to AnyStyle.io [http://AnyStyle.io]

Paste the list into AnyStyle.io

In a web browser, navigate to AnyStyle.io [http://AnyStyle.io] and paste your citations into the Parse box by placing your cursor in the box and clicking Edit > Paste.

3. Clean up the Citation List

For best results, you should make sure that each citation is placed on its own line of text and that unnecessary breaks are removed.

4. Parse and Edit

Update labels for mislabeled items

Click "Parse X references", and scan through results. If some words are mislabeled, click on the word (holding down Shift to select multiple words) and click "Assign label" to correct them.

5. Save as BibTex

Save the results as a BibTex file

In the Save area, click BibTex. This will download a BibTex file with your metadata.

6. Import to Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote

Import the file to your citation management system

In your citation management system, import the file (typically by going to File > Import or dragging and dropping the .bib file onto your open window).