Importing from PubMed

The quickest way to import from PubMed® is to use Citavi's Online search feature. The database option PubMed (Large results sets) can be used to load large result sets faster.

Searching within Citavi or on the PubMed website – which is better?

PubMed offers three options that are not available in Citavi:

Related searches: PubMed offers suggestions for similar search queries.

Term mapping (definition): PubMed adds controlled vocabulary (i.e. MESH terms) to your search query. This can lead to a larger result set than if you use the Citavi Advanced Search. In Citavi only the results for the exact terms will be displayed.

Filters, for example, to limit search results to certain languages or certain types of articles.

If you want to use these options, perform your search directly in PubMed in your browser. Then, import your results into Citavi.

Importing from PubMed

1.Perform your search in PubMed.

2.Near the top of the page, click Send to. Select Choose Destination: File. Under Format, click XML (which includes special character formatting) or MEDLINE (which doesn't). Click Create File:

3.Save the pubmed_result.xml or pubmed_result.txt file to your computer.

4.Start Citavi and open the project you want to import the references into.

5.On the File menu, click Import.

6.Select Text file (RIS, BibTeX, etc.), and then click Next.

7.Select PubMed (XML) or PubMed (MEDLINE). If the import filter is not shown in the list, click Add import filter.

8.Select Import a text file. Click Browse.

9.Select pubmed_result.xml or pubmed_result.txt and click Open. Click Next.

10.Once the import is finished, click Add to project.

Please note:

If you imported contributions from conference proceedings, festschrifts, or edited books, you may find that Citavi appears to import more references than expected. For example, you might import a project with 98 references and find 115 in Citavi. This is not an error, but a difference in how Citavi stores related references. Citavi differentiates between parent and child references and divides them into different reference types that are connected to each other. The result is that 98 references in PubMed can become 115 in Citavi.