Adding Journal Articles with an ID

You can download bibliographic information for articles as easily as you can for books with ISBNs. The only requirement is that the article must have a unique identifier. Citavi supports these types of IDs:



Subject area


PMID (PubMed ID)

United States National Library of Medicine

Biology, Medicine


PMCID (PubMed Central ID)

United States National Library of Medicine

Biology, Medicine


DOI (Digital Object Identifier), DataCite


10.1016/ j.lisr.2009.01.002

arXiv ID

Cornell University

Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Quantitative Finance, Quantitative Biology


What's the difference between a PMID and a PMCID?

PubMed is search engine for the MEDLINE database and other biomedical databases. Every reference indexed by PubMed receives a unique PMID. PubMed Central is an database containing biomedical full-text articles. Every reference indexed by PubMed Central receives a unique PMCID. More information can be found here.

Adding a reference using an identifier

  1. In the reference editor, on the toolbar, click ISBN, DOI, other ID .
  2. Enter the identifier in the Manual entry field. You can leave out prefixes, except for PMCIDs for which you should include the PMC prefix.
  3. Make sure you have an active internet connection and then click Add.
  4. Citavi searches for the bibliographic information.
  5. Click Add to project.


If you already have PDF copies of the articles, you can save time by importing the PDF files.