We are excited to announce that Sysrev now supports imports using the RIS file format (also known as RefMan).  

Our goal at Sysrev is to support any type of review-based research, in any discipline. Full RIS Import Support is the first of many features in our pipeline that will increase Sysrev's versatility in research.  This post will give a quick overview of the new Sources - or "Import" dashboard.  

Once a project is created, users are automatically redirected to the Sources dashboard.  Users can also access the dashboard by clicking Add/Manage Articles on the Articles dashboard or by clicking Manage from any project dashboard.

Screenshot of the Sources Dashboard. Sysrev supports a number of import mechanisms including .pdf, .xml, .ris, and .txt, as well as native PubMed search.

The Sources dashboard displays the five import mechanisms that Sysrev currently supports, the newest of which is the .ris file type.  Note: remember to include abstracts when exporting the RIS file.

The other avenues for importing abstracts into Sysrev are uploading an Endnote .xml or a .txt with PubMed IDs.  Unique to Sysrev, users can search PubMed and import abstracts directly from within the SysRev application.  Also unique to Sysrev, users can upload a .zip of .pdf's – which allows Sysrev users to review abstracts, full-articles, images, and more.  

Screenshot of Sources Dashboard. By supporting .ris files, Sysrev now supports researchers that use a variety of existing citation and reference management tools.

Our priority is to develop new functionalities that will greatly increase the usability and versatility of Sysrev as a research tool.  By supporting RIS files, Sysrev now supports a much larger number of existing citation and reference management tools including IEEE Xplore, Scopus, Zotero, Mendeley, and many more – which in turn enables Sysrev to support a wider range of disciplines and research.