Academic Blogger's Toolkit


Academic Blogger’s toolkit is an open source WordPress plugin providing an all-in-one solution for effective academic blogging.


For a constaintly updated, exhaustively detailed, introduction to this plugin and all its features, please visit the plugin’s GitHub Repository.

To dive right into the documentation, check out the Academic Blogger’s Toolkit Wiki!


  • Insert formatted references on the fly using PMID, DOI (CrossRef, DataCite, & mEDRA), URL, or ISBN.
  • Manually insert formatted references from over 15 types of references.
  • Import a full bibliography from your favorite reference manager using an exported .ris file.
  • Automatically format references for every citation style on planet earth (over 1300).
  • Fully interactive reference list which lives beside the post editor.
  • Search PubMed from the post editor and insert references instantly.
  • Inline citations display full formatted references on the frontend when hovered with the mouse (or when tapped on mobile). No more scrolling down and losing your focus!

(Video above is of version 3.0.0 – Many improvements and features were added since then)


If you’re a developer and would like to contribute, you can do so via this plugin’s GitHub Repository.


  • Overview of the reference manager screen.
  • Overview of the manual reference insertion screen.
  • Overview of the PubMed search window.
  • Demo of desktop citation tooltips.


  1. Upload the acadmemic-bloggers-toolkit folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload the acadmemic-bloggers-toolkit folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
I have a suggestion for a new feature. Would you be interested in considering it?

Absolutely! Please send all ideas to the Academic Blogger’s Toolkit GitHub Repository. Alternatively, you can reach out to me on Twitter @flightmed1.

I found a bug. Who should I contact?

Yikes! I’m sorry about that. Please report all issues on the Academic Blogger’s Toolkit GitHub Repository.


An amazing, powerful plugin

The Academic Blogger’s Toolkit quickly astounded me when I started playing with it. Where some offer a handful of output styles for references, this has them ALL. Any journal you can think of! And it has so many ways to enter references: manually, by DOI, by PMID, and by importing a pile of references exported from a reference manager or downloaded from an online system.

What I love is that it features tooltip-style popups when you click on the citation, giving the full reference, so a reader doesn’t have to go to the reference list at the bottom to see it.

It has a lot of settings for customization, but it’s easy to learn and use. And right in the reference window on the editing page is a link to the wiki so you can easily get help while working.

This is a tremendously refined piece of work, a very fully realized vision. All the details are carefully fleshed out.

Muy buen plugin

Excelente plugin aun usándolo con las citas manuales me ahorra una importante cantidad de tiempo y mi blog se muestra mucho mas serio. Estaría completo si estuviera traducido al español.

Gracias Amigo muy buen trabajo

Great plugin, ace support

This is a great plugin – if you use it the way intended by the author.

It allows easy addition of citations to blog articles in many different formats (journal articles, websites, etc.). There is even an auto-insert function which uses URLs or DOIs to automatically generate the citation in the right format.

There are hundreds of different citation styles in many different languages available and new ones are added regularly.

What this plugin is not: a replacement for your citation database. Each bibliography can only be used in one blog post; if you create a new post, you need to create a new bibliography. But the plugin allows the import of your own .ris files, so if you plan on using the same source in many articles, you should use a bibliography manager on your computer and manage your citations there. While some might find this troublesome, it is actually a good feature: even when you uninstall the plugin, the citations stay in the article in the original way.

Also, support by the developer is great. Bugs are fixed in a short manner of time, and new features and improvements are added when reported.

Awesome plugin; awesome support

This plugin is excellent. You can import your references from other sources such as EndNote, search for your reference using ISBNs and DOIs (and others) or do it manually. The plugin is easy to use and there is an extensive list of referencing styles (seriously, it’s extensive!) from which to choose.

While there are some minor improvements which could be made (such as being able to edit the reference once you’ve created it), there is no doubt this is an incredibly helpful and much-needed plugin! It’s also non-destructive which means if you decide to remove the plugin, it will not impact on articles you’ve already written. Now that’s sensible!

The support is second to none. On the few occasions I’ve had to ask for direct support, I’ve had incredibly helpful feedback within 24 hours. Suggestions for improvement are seriously considered (including the ‘edit reference’ issue I mention above).

There are one or two people who have rated this plugin as 1 or 2-stars. This is, in my opinion, incredibly unfair. In the past 3 months since discovering ABT, it’s been invaluable and has definitely saved time. As with anything new, there is a small adjustment period but I’ll be surprised if you don’t have most of it figured out within 5 minutes, particularly if you’ve used Mendeley, Endnote, Zotero, RefMe, etc.

Very impressed; I can’t imagine trying to use WordPress without Academic Blogger’s Toolkit!

Great tool with great support

A great tool that allows to easily insert references. Many scientific reference formats are supported (and getting more every time there is an update). Some automatic search functions are available and loading from files (ris, bib) is supported. The references tool fits right into the wordpress UI and is easy and intuitive to use.

The only major down side is the inability to edit inserted references (one needs to delete them and insert them anew), but the main developer promised to address this in future versions. A minor hickup appears if one deletes a reference in the text, one needs to update the references list manually, otherwise the reference reappears on saving the page/post.

The codebase is actively developed and regularly updated with a very quick response to request and bugfixes via the github of the plugin (the editing of references is officially coming next). The main developer is considered and helpful when discussing bugs and feature requests and his acceptance rate of feature requests is high. I have filed a few myself and they have been implemented/answered to my satisfaction

If you are blogging with academic references, this is a great way to insert references and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Read all 14 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Academic Blogger's Toolkit” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



Click here to view changes.