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.