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.


Works perfect with new Gutenberg editor

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.

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
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Contributors & Developers

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


Change log



This will be the last update that supports the “classic” editor. All updates
beyond this one will have support completely removed to make maintenance and
releases easier for the new editor.

Thank you for understanding.


  • Fix code affected by breaking block editor changes.
  • Fix incorrectly keyed patent fields.
  • Add “report type” to manual report fields. #519
  • Upgrade upstream dependencies.

Styles Added

  • ArchéoSciences (French)
  • Griffith College – Harvard
  • Perspectives on Politics
  • Sociétés Contemporaines
  • Swiss Political Science Review
  • Český finanční a účetní časopis (Czech)

See the previous changelogs here.