Importing from Web of Science

Web of Science offers two different connection options for reference management programs: "Premium" and "Lite". The Citavi Online Search uses "Lite" access. If you are unable to search Web of Knowledge while in your university network, it is likely that your university is using "Premium" access. In this case, please contact the Citavi Support team.

Please note that you will get better results if you search Web of Science in your browser, export your results, and then import the results in Citavi.

  1. Perform your search in Web of Science.
  2. At the top of the results list, in the More drop-down menu, click Other File Formats. Then, under Record Content, select Author, Title, Source, Abstract. Under File Format select Other Reference Software.
  3. Click Export. Save the savedrecs.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 Web of Science (WoS). If the import filter is not shown in the list, click Add import filter.
  8. Select Import a text file. Click Browse.
  9. Select savedrecs.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.