Importing a RIS File

Many web-based resources let you export bibliographic information in RIS format. When you perform the export, one or more references will be exported to a text file with the .ris extension.

Citavi can import and export bibliographic information in RIS format. The text file contains tags consisting of a two-letter field code, two spaces, a hyphen, and one space followed by the contents of the fields. A typical RIS entry looks like this:

TY - BOOK

AU - Handke, Jürgen

AU - Franke, Peter

T1 - The virtual linguistics campus

T2 - Strategies and concepts for successful e-learning

PY - 2006

CY - Münster

PB - Waxmann

KW - E-Learning

ER -

RIS File

Many web-based databases support direct export to Citavi. See Importing references in a standard format.

If you have a RIS file (with the .ris file name extension) on your computer already, double-click it to start the import or drag it into the navigation pane in the Reference Editor.

Field mapping

The reference types supported in RIS format differ to some degree from the ones available in Citavi. This overview shows the mapping of reference types when importing from RIS format:

Internal RIS field name (tag)

RIS display name

Internal Citavi field name

Citavi display name

ABST

Abstract

JournalArticle

Journal article

ADVS

Audiovisual material

AudioOrVideoDocument

Audio or video document

ART

Art Work

Unknown

Unknown reference type

BILL

Bill/Resolution

Unknown

Unknown reference type

BOOK

Book, Whole

Book

Book

CASE

Case

Unknown

Unknown reference type

CHAP

Book chapter

Contribution

Contribution in

COMP

Computer program

ComputerProgram

Software

CONF

Conference proceeding

ConferenceProceedings

Conference proceedings

CTLG

Catalog

Unknown

Unknown reference type

DATA

Data file

Unknown

Unknown reference type

ELEC

Electronic Citation

InternetDocument

Internet document

GEN

Generic

Unknown

Unknown reference type

HEAR

Hearing

Unknown

Unknown reference type

ICOMM

Internet Communication

InternetDocument

Internet document

INPR

In Press

Unknown

Unknown reference type

JFULL

Journal (full)

Unknown

Unknown reference type

JOUR

Journal

JournalArticle

Journal article

MAP

Map

Map

Map

MGZN

Magazine article

JournalArticle

Journal article

MPCT

Motion picture

Movie

Movie

MUSIC

Music score

MusicAlbum

Musical Work or Music Album

NEWS

Newspaper

Thesis/Dissertation

Newspaper article

PAMP

Pamphlet

Unknown

Unknown reference type

PAT

Patent

Patent

Patent

PCOMM

Personal communication

PersonalCommunication

Personal Communication

RPRT

Report

UnpublishedWork

Report or Gray Literature

SER

Serial (Book, Monograph)

Book

Book

SLIDE

Slide

Unknown

Unknown reference type

SOUND

Sound recording

AudioOrVideoDocument

Audio or video document

STAT

Statute

StatuteOrRegulation

Statute or regulation

THES

Thesis/Dissertation

Thesis

Thesis

UNBILl

Unenacted bill/resolution

Unknown

Unknown reference type

UNPB

Unpublished work

UnpublishedWork

Report or gray literature

VIDEO

Video recording

AudioOrVideoDocument

Audio or video document

Field Mapping

When you import a RIS file to Citavi, the fields are mapped as follows:

Citavi Reference Type

RIS

TY

ReferenceType

A1; AU

Authors

Y1; PY

Year

T1, TI, CT, BT

Title

A2; ED

Editors

T2; BT

Subtitle; ParentReference

CP; CY

PlaceOfPublication

PB

Publishers

VL

Volume

IS

Number

SP

StartPage

JO; JF

Journal

A3

Collaborators

T3

SeriesTitle

ET

Edition

Y2

Date

JA

Journal

SN

Isbn/Issn

U1

SpecificField1

U2

SpecificField2

U3

SpecificField3

U4

SpecificField4

U5

SpecificField5

KW

Keywords

N2

Abstract

N1

Notes

UR

OnlineAddress1

L1-L4

InternetLink

DO

DOI

EP

EndPage

H1

LocationLibrary

H2; CN

LocationCallNumber