web-based, platform-independent,
multi-user interface for managing
scientific literature & citations


refbase can import and export references in various formats (including BibTeX, Endnote, RIS, PubMed, ISI Web of Science, CSA Illumina, RefWorks, MODS XML, OpenOffice, and MS Word). It can make formatted lists of citations in HTML, RTF, PDF, or LaTeX, and offers powerful searching, and RSS support. Its OpenSearch and SRU/W web services, and support for unAPI & COinS metadata allow for easy access by clients and search engines. Please see our Feature highlights page for a more detailed description of features. An overview of the major feature additions in refbase-0.9.5 is given here.


You can download the stable release version of refbase from the SourceForge download page. Please see the instructions on how to install or update refbase. The latest source code can be checked out and installed from the refbase Subversion repository.

Demo & Documentation

We invite you to test-drive refbase at the refbase Demo Database (latest stable release version) or the refbase Beta Database (latest development version). Feel free to login and play around! Further demo and real-world installations are listed here. For available documentation, useful tips and troubleshooting guidance, please see the main Documentation page.

Help & Discussion

If you've got questions which aren't covered in the docs, want to discuss new or existing features or want to get involved with the ongoing development of refbase please see our Community Portal for pointers to forums, mailing lists and contact information.