Comparison of Bibliographic Management Systems - Import

Import

We tested the import of references from several retrieval systems like Ovid, ProQuest, PubMed, Scopus, vLib or Web of Science. We focused on main features like direct export, import filters, file import, open URL, etc.

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Citavi
v 4.1
When importing from Web of Science, direct export with plain text works best (choose import filter WoS). BibTeX is best used when importing from vLib or Scopus and the RIS format for Ovid and ProQuest (choose Export "EndNote, Reference Manager or ProCite" ). References from PubMed are best imported in the Citation Manager format or with the Picker.

Citavi offers approx. 60 import filter and often chooses the right filter automatically.

As default, full text websites can be imported. Also, the full text PDF can be imported and downloaded if available and stored within Citavi. All popular media formats can be implemented into Citavi - either as copy or link or also moved into Citavi via drag & drop.

Open URL can be implemented. The Z39.50 standard is supported. The Citavi Picker allows direct import of references that contain a DOI or PubMed ID.

EndNote
v X7
Direct export from Web of Science, Ovid and ProQuest possible. Best import of RIS-files from vLib and Scopus. References from PubMed are best imported in the Citation Manager format with the PubMed NLM filter (also direct export possible).

EndNote offers about 600 import filters. File attachments can be linked and PDFs can be imported.

Open URL can be implemented. Also, the full text PDF can be downloaded with "Find Full Text". The Z39.50 standard is supported. With the Capture function, single references can be imported from web pages (registration with EndNote Web required).

JabRef
v 2.8
From WoS plain text is imported best. BibTeX is recommended when importing from vLib. When importing from Ovid important metadata like journal, year, etc. are often lost. The .txt-format and RIS-format are best used when importing from ProQuest. Scopus also works best with RIS and PubMed references can be imported directly out of JabRef.

JabRef often selects the correct import filter automatically.

Files and PDFs can be linked via drag & drop.

Open URL can not be implemented. The ZING-format (Z39.50-International: Next Generation) is supported.

Mendeley
v 1.9

Best export of references from WoS in the BibTeX-format. References from Ovid and Scopus are best imported in the RIS-format. With ProQuest either the formats txt or RIS work best. The import from vLib is only possible in the RIS format but not faultless. References from PubMed can be imported with the "Import to Mendeley" bookmarklet.

Integrated search in Mendeley´s Research Catalog not recommended as quality of data unclear.

PDFs can be imported to Mendeley via drag & drop and metadata will be extracted automatically.

Open URL can be implemented in Mendeley Web and is only accessible if the reference is listed in Mendeley´s Research Catalog. The Z39.50 standard is not supported.

Papers
v 2.6
For direct import of references, Papers offers the bookmarklet "Open in Papers" which opens the current browser window in Papers. From here you can import references from many databases directly into your library. WoS works incomplete, vLib imports single references well, references from Ovid and Scopus are best imported in the RIS format. With ProQuest databases only RIS import is possible (incomplete - matching necessary). References from PubMed can be searched and imported directly out of Papers.

Full text websites can be imported. PDFs can be downloaded and saved directly in Papers or implemented via drag & drop. All popular media formats can be stored in Papers.

Open URL can be implemented.

RefWorks
v 2.0
Direct export from vLib, Ovid, ProQuest and Scopus. In WoS faultless import of .txt-format, references from PubMed are best imported in the Citation Manager format.

Offers import filters for more than 800 databases. Files can be uploaded from your local PC and full text can be found via "Find-It".

Open URL can be implemented. The Z39.50 standard is supported. With the RefGrab-It function references can directly be imported from web pages. A RSS-Reader is integrated. PDF's are not imported.

Zotero
v 4.0
Direct import of references via the capture function from vLib and PubMed. For Ovid, Scopus, and ProQuest the RIS-format works faultless. Best import of references from WoS in the BibTeX-format.

Documents can be attached via drag & drop. Zotero imports different file formats, i.e. PDF, media formats, links. Static webpages can be saved.

Open URL can be implemented. The Z39.50 standard is not supported.

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