This utility has been superseded by the
Perl script med2ris.pl contained in the RefDB package. The
information below is badly outdated and talks about Reference
Manager as of approx version 6. You don't want to use Med2RM.
Med2RM is a little tool to simplify the import of reference
data into refrerence tools that support the RIS format.
Reference Manager by RIS is
one of the leading citation manager packages for the Windows
platform. Although the latest version 8 offers a great deal of
support for the import of MEDLINE data from the web, there are
still some obstacles which prevent you from creating quickly a
consistent private database of your reprints and interesting
papers. The free Med2RM utility jumps in to simplify this
After a generous search of an online MEDLINE you will most
likely end up with a handful of tiny files which must be
imported into Reference Manager one after the other.
Different MEDLINE providers use different formats for the MeSH
headings and -subheadings. They would be very handy as keywords
- if they were formatted properly.
Older versions of Reference Manager use the notes field to
import the abstracts - although an explicit abstracts field is
Med2RM is a very simple utility with a drag&drop interface. The basic
idea of operation is the following (see the handbooks for in-depth information):
Download your MEDLINE data from one of the online providers. When saving
the files, precede the filenames with a two-letter code denoting the online
source, e.g. "PM" for PubMed files.
When finished with downloading, drag&drop all downloaded files on the
Import the one and only output file into Reference Manager. You will never
have to change the Capture informations in Reference Manager.
Med2RM does some transformation in the background, ensuring a consistent
citation format (the output actually is in the RIS format defined by the
Reference Manager's creators). Most important is the handling of MeSH
subheadings. Depending on the MEDLINE provider, the same MeSH keyword may
show up as
EFFECTS, or as
Aorta [METABOLISM][DRUG EFFECTS], making
the keywords virtually useless in your private database. Med2RM converts
all these versions into two keywords
Aorta[DRUG EFFECTS] independent of the data source.
Currently the following data sources are supported:
The latest version of the binary is 2.2.