How to convert References List from Word to Mendeley (or other reference managers)

Do you have a list of references in a Word document and want to add them to Mendeley – all at once?

This is a common problem for researchers sho have started writing and publisihing before being introduced to the reference management software. In the exmaple bleow, I have saved my doctoral thesis with 400+ references from a PDF format to MS Word format, so the refernces are no longer formatted as references.

What as waste, right?

Well, there is a way to save yourself time and effort redoining them one by one. Here is how you can do that in exactly 3 steps.

Step 1: Open the Word document with the references in it. Select and copy the references you need to transfer.

Step 2: Go to

Step 3: Paste the references then Click Parse

Step 4: Save the results in BibTex (or XML) Format

Step 5: Click on the downloaded file and VOILA!

The number of imported files on Mendeley is similar to that downloaded from

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