Add entry using an ID

Create an entry based on an ID such as DOI or ISBN.

From an ID to an entry

Simply paste the DOI into the table of entry, and JabRef will create the new corresponding entry.

For other identifiers, choose Library → New entry, or click on the New entry button, or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + N. In the lower part of the window, there are two boxes : "ID type" and "ID". In the field "ID type", you can select the desired identifier, e.g. "ISBN" (it works also for DOI). Then enter the identifier in the textbox below and press Enter. That will generate an entry based on the given ID (you can also click on "Generate"). The entry is added to your library and opened in the entry editor. In case an error occurs, a popup is shown.

NOTE: The content in the dialog depends on the database mode.

Sometimes the new entry contains aurlfield. This field usually points to the URL of the book at the respective online book store. In case you buy the book using this link, the service provider (e.g. receive a commission to fund the service.

Supported databases


ArXiv is a repository of scientific preprints in the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, quantitative biology, statistics, and quantitative finance (Wikipedia).

ID search is carried out using the ArXiv identifier.


(Crossref)[] is an official Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Registration Agency of the International DOI Foundation.

ID search is carried out using the DOI.


First,'s API is used to fetch bibliographic information based on the ISBN. If no entry is found, the JabRef tries OttoBib to get data.

ID search is carried out using the International Standard Book Number.


DiVA (Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet) is a database with publications from about 40 Swedish universities and research institutions.

ID search is carried out using the DiVA id (diva2).


JabRef uses (provided by to convert the given DOI to a new entry.

ID search is carried out using the DOI.

If JabRef cannot find the reference of your DOI using this ID type, please, try the same DOI with the ID type "mEDRA". The ID type mEDRA looks for the reference corresponding to a DOI too, but using another registration agency.

IACR eprints

The International Association for Cryptologic Research maintains an eprint archive to which anyone can submit papers and technical reports. These eprints are given IDs based on the year of submission, e.g. the 10th submission in 2018 gets the ID "2018/10". To get the ID, you may want to use their web search form at

ID search is carried out using the Cryptology ePrint ID.

Library of congress

The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States (wikipedia).

ID search is carried out using the Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN).


MathSciNet is a searchable online bibliographic database. It contains all of the contents of the journal Mathematical Reviews (MR) since 1940 along with an extensive author database, links to other MR entries, citations, full journal entries, and links to original articles. It contains almost 3 million items and over 1.7 million links to original articles (Wikipedia).

ID search is carried out using the MR number.


Medline/Pubmed is a bibliographic database of life sciences and biomedical information. It includes bibliographic information for articles from academic journals covering medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and health care. Medline also covers much of the literature in biology and biochemistry, as well as fields such as molecular evolution (Wikipedia).

ID search is carried out using the PubMed Unique Identifier (PMID).


mEDRA is the multilingual European Registration Agency of DOI, the standard persistent identifier for any form of intellectual property on a digital network.

ID search is carried out using the DOI.


SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System is an online database of over eight million astronomy and physics papers from both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed sources. Abstracts are available free online for almost all articles, and full scanned articles are available in Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) and Portable Document Format (PDF) for older articles (Wikipedia).

ID search is carried out using the ADS Bibcode.


Based on the title of your publication, JabRef call Crossref, which return the corresponding DOI. Then JabRef fetches the reference based on this DOI.

To return a reference, the publication needs to have a DOI.


IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) Datatracker is a database that "contains data about the documents, working groups, meetings, agendas, minutes, presentations, and more, of the IETF."

ID search is carried out using the (Request for Comments number) (RFC) of the IETF database.