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.


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.
April 23, 2019
Undoubtedly the best solution for adding journal references to articles. Simplifies the process tremendously, just add the DOI number and all the details are automatically populated. And no shortcodes involved. Lots of customization options, although would have liked to have the option to disable the bibliography list at the bottom of the post, can get cluttered very quickly with multiple references. Having the inline reference alone looks much better.
April 17, 2019
I was a beta user and since version 5.0.5 this plugin works perfectly. I love the fact that you enter a URL and it structures the complete reference from the URL metadata automatically, plus you can add any missing field. Keep up the great work.
March 7, 2019
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
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Contributors & Developers

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


Change log


Minor Changes

  • Remove support for the classic editor.
  • Update deprecated block editor API usage.
  • Increase linespacing in the reference list to make it easier to read.
  • Improve UI of citation style search box.
  • Improve keyboard accessibility with sidebar.
  • Improve support for RTL languages.


  • Fix misc bugs in static bibliography block styles.
  • Misc widespread performance improvements.
  • Fix bug causing different citations to sometimes recieve the same ID. #558

Styles Added

  • Bibliothèque universitaire de médecine – Vancouver (French)
  • Civitas: Revista de Ciências Sociais
  • Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
  • Gaceta Sanitaria
  • Infomin
  • Korean Journal of Radiology
  • Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
  • Revista Cubana de Meteorologia
  • Sciences Po – Ecole doctorale (author-date, French)
  • Technische Universität Dresden – Forstwissenschaft (author-date, German)
  • TGM Wien Diplomarbeit ÖNORM (German – Austria)

See the previous changelogs here.