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bibtex2rfc

Convert BibTeX citations into bibxml references for use in Internet Drafts and RFCs

BibTeX is the most common citation format for academic publications. This tool converts BibTeX into the bibxml format which is used by xml2rfc. This enables to reference such publications conveniently in Internet Drafts and RFCs.

Version 2 of this tool has been modernized to Python3 and xml2rfc v3.

Installation

pip3 install bibtex2rfc

Usage

bibtex2rfc file

Where file contains one or more BibTeX entries. If file is omitted, reads from standard input. You can try one of the *.bibtex files under the tests directory on GitHub.

Note: the code was tested on MacOS.

Limitations

Only the minimum number of fields are translated from BibTeX to bibxml. There are two reasons for that:

  • BibTeX citations vary a lot in how they interpret the different fields, and in fact, even in their syntax.
  • Bibxml is extremely limited in what it can express.