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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  • 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.


March 12, 2020
I did not use this plugin, because I was dissuaded from its use by the author's comments on this (very good) exchange ( Why am I leaving this review? I want the author to know that for a segment of the population, his design choices leave some of us to find other solutions. I design scientific software for a living, and I would appreciate the comments that I will make here. I can't imagine having any citation application where the citations are not stored in a database. There is a lot to unpack on that post and I suggest others read it before they download this package. Also, it does contain this ironic gem: "The overall UX of this forum is horrendous." In short, the author's rigid design choices cause his userbase to segment (to what degree, I can't say). I would like to thank him for his forthright description in this referenced post. I would suggest that he make it a sticky or change it into a FAQ. It actually saved me a ton of time, because I almost installed the plugin. Before we finish, yes I gave it two stars. I started at three to be neutral; however, your attitude to your users seems combative (and that warrants the downgrade).
November 27, 2019
Far better than anything else I've tried. Astonishingly rich in features, yet simple UI. Well thought out and very well done. Thank you
October 8, 2019
the classic editor plugin has 5+ Million Active Installations. There is no other plugin that has more installations. How can you possibly justify disabling support for it? Very bad decision.
May 17, 2019
Hi! I'm currently building a site called "" The goal of this site is to essentially be the "Snopes of Cannabis," providing well researched information about cannabis complete with citations. I went looking for a simple footnoting plugin. Everything I originally found was low quality and hadn't been updated in ages. And expecting them to work well with Guternberg was laughable. Then I stumbled on Academic Blogger's Toolkit. This plug-in is just terrific. It's exactly what I wanted. In fact, it's way more than I wanted. The fact that I can give it a URL or an ISBN and it essentially does the hard work of building a proper citation and bibliography section for my article is just incredible, and a massive time-saver.
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  • Bump minimum required WordPress version to 5.3.

Note: If you updated to 5.2.1 already yesterday and are affected by the bug introduced, either install the gutenberg plugin temporarily until WordPress 5.3 is released, OR roll back to version 5.2.0.

See the previous changelogs here.