How to import a .refer file (new user)

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bmalin
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How to import a .refer file (new user)

Post by bmalin » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:49 am

I use an online reference database called PEP (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing) for research. It has more than 100K entries. I use Mac OS. They make the database available as a downloadable EndNotes .refer file, which is UT 8 (I think ... it's the international format). They also do not offer support for import issues if the user is not using EndNotes. I can import the file into Bookends with either of the EndNotes formats available.

However, the imported database is corrupted ... dates are wildly wrong, many references don't appear, etc. I've tried it a few times, and tried the rebuild option. I've tried to figure out what to do next but am stumped.

Thanks very much in advance for any help you might have to offer.

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Re: How to import a .refer file (new user)

Post by Jon » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:01 pm

Have you tried importing them into EndNote? If they import correctly there, please send an example of such a file to support@sonnysoftwae.com.

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Re: How to import a .refer file (new user)

Post by bmalin » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:25 pm

I'm new to reference management ... so I don't have EndNote. If this might be helpful, here's what's on the PEP site:

"This option, for PEP Subscribers only, lets you download an EndNote importable version of the bibliographic information for articles and books on PEP-Web. The file is in Refer format. Refer format is very simple and can also be used to load the bibliographic information from PEP into other reference program databases.

The PEP Bibliography file version is dated January 24, 2018. It is a 20.7 MB file in Unicode/UTF-8 format (to handle characters from multiple languages). When importing, depending on the application, you may need to specify this format in the import dialog,, e.g., with Endnote X6, in the Import File dialog select:

Import Option: Refer/BibIX
Text Translation: Unicode (UTF-8)
Press Download to continue the download"

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Re: How to import a .refer file (new user)

Post by Jon » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:34 pm

I need you to send me a file -- *not* an enormous 21 MB file, a file just containing one reference. If you can't do that, open the 21 MB file and copy/paste just *one* reference from it in the forum (or send it to me). I'll see if it's really Refer or something else.

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