📚 Import Bibtex publications and Jupyter Notebook blog posts into your Markdown website or book. 将Bibtex转换为Markdown网站


Academic File Converter

📚 Easily import publications and Jupyter notebooks to your Markdown-formatted website or book


  • Import Jupyter notebooks as blog posts or book chapters
  • Import publications (such as books, conference proceedings, and journals) from your reference manager to your Markdown-formatted website or book
    • Simply export a BibTeX file from your reference manager, such as Zotero, and provide this as the input to the converter tool
  • Compatible with all static website generators such as Next, Astro, Gatsby, Hugo, etc.
  • Easy to use - 100% Python, no dependency on complex software such as Pandoc
  • Automate file conversions using a GitHub Action


❤️ Support Open Research & Open Source

We are on a mission to foster open research by developing open source tools like this.

To help us develop this open source software sustainably under the MIT license, we ask all individuals and businesses that use it to help support its ongoing maintenance and development via sponsorship and contributing.

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Open your Terminal or Command Prompt app and enter one of the installation commands below.

With Pipx

For the easiest installation, install with Pipx:

pipx install academic

Pipx will automatically install the required Python version for you in a dedicated environment.

With Pip

To install using the Python's Pip tool, ensure you have Python 3.11+ installed and then run:

pip3 install -U academic


Open your Command Line or Terminal app and use the cd command to navigate to the folder containing the files you wish to convert, for example:

cd ~/Documents/my_website

Import publications

Download references from your reference manager, such as Zotero, in the Bibtex format.

Say we downloaded our publications to a file named my_publications.bib within the website folder, let's import them into the content/publication/ folder:

academic import my_publications.bib content/publication/ --compact

Optional arguments:

  • --compact Generate minimal markdown without comments or empty keys
  • --overwrite Overwrite any existing publications in the output folder
  • --normalize Normalize tags by converting them to lowercase and capitalizing the first letter (e.g. "sciEnCE" -> "Science")
  • --featured Flag these publications as featured (to appear in your website's Featured Publications section)
  • --verbose or -v Show verbose messages
  • --help Help

Import full text and cover image

After importing publications, we suggest you:

  • Edit the Markdown body of each publication to add the full text directly to the page (if the publication is open access), or otherwise, to add supplementary notes for each publication
  • Add an image named featured to each publication's folder to visually represent your publication on the page and for sharing on social media
  • Add the publication PDF to each publication folder (for open access publications), to enable your website visitors to download your publication

Learn more in the Hugo Blox Docs.

Import blog posts from Jupyter Notebooks

Say we have our notebooks in a notebooks folder within the website folder, let's import them into the content/post/ folder:

academic import 'notebooks/*.ipynb' content/post/ --verbose

Optional arguments:

  • --overwrite Overwrite any existing blog posts in the output folder
  • --verbose or -v Show verbose messages
  • --help Help


Interested in contributing to open source and open research?

Learn how to contribute code on Github.

Check out the open issues and contribute a Pull Request.

For local development, clone this repository and use Poetry to install and run the converter using the following commands:

git clone
cd academic-file-converter
poetry install
poetry run academic import tests/data/article.bib output/publication/ --overwrite --compact
poetry run academic import 'tests/data/**/*.ipynb' output/post/ --overwrite --verbose

When preparing a contribution, run the following checks and ensure that they all pass:

  • Lint: make lint
  • Format: make format
  • Test: make test
  • Type check: make type

Help beta test the dev version

You can help test the latest development version by installing the latest main branch from GitHub:

pip3 install -U git+


Copyright 2018-present George Cushen.

Licensed under the MIT License.