Academic Blogger's Toolkit



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

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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.
  • Fully interactive reference list which lives beside the post editor.
  • Insert and manager footnotes in the editor automatically.
  • 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!


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.
  • Citation tooltips.


Good. No Backward compatibility for PHP version

This is really awesome plugin. It was really good until with the new update came up with mandatory requirement for latest version of PHP. Because, of this Backward compatibility issue my site was showing following error. Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '{', expecting identifier (T_STRING) in /var/www/html/blog/wp-content/plugins/academic-bloggers-toolkit/academic-bloggers-toolkit.php on line 29

Like Citavi for WordPress

This plugin went beyond my expections! I worked with the software Citavi for my Master Degree. This plugin is great for working with real citation styles. Great job to the author. Absolutely appreciate it. Thanks.

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.
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Contributors & Developers

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





  • Fix bug preventing citations from being saved.
  • Fix bug resulting in errors being thrown when citing certain DOIs with certain citation styles.

New Styles Added

  • Chemical Engineering Progress.
  • Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
  • Revue des Études Byzantines.
  • The Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume).

See the previous changelogs here.