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Import/Export Field Mappings

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Zotero Support Documentation: Import/Export


Only specific Zotero metadata fields are compatible with fields in other formats (i.e. RIS, MODS). Depending on which format is chosen for import/export, specific data will translate across formats while others will not.


The selected format’s fields that correspond with Zotero fields vary because Zotero fields differ across different media/reference types (books, articles, journals, etc.).


Zotero RDF is the only format that imports/exports attached files and notes. RIS or MODS can import/export notes, but not attachments. All other formats only include information gathered from Zotero item metadata fields (attachments or notes are not imported/exported).


RIS Format:


Zotero fields that are successfully imported/exported using RIS format translate in the following manner for a “Book” item:


Zotero Field

RIS Field

[Drop Down Box]

Type of reference (TY)

Title

Title Primary (T1)

Author

Author Primary (A1)

Contributor, Series Editor, and Translator

Author Secondary (A2)

Editor

Editor (ED)

Abstract

Abstract (N2)

Series

Title Series (T3)

Volume

Volume number (VL)

Place

City of publication (CY)

Publisher

Publisher (PB)

Date

Date Primary (PY)

Pages

Ending page number (EP)

ISBN

ISSN/ISBN (SN)

URL

Web/URL (UR)


Zotero fields associated only with an “Article” item will successfully import/export:


Zotero Field

RIS Field

Reviewed Author

Author Secondary (A2)

Publication

Periodical Name (JF)


Visit The Thomson Corporation’s “RIS Format Specifications” page for further reference: http://www.refman.com/support/risformat_intro.asp



MODS Format:


Zotero fields that are successfully imported/exported using RIS format translate in the following manner for a “Book” item:


Zotero Field

MODS Field

[Drop Down Box]

<typeOfResource>text</typeOfResource>
<genre authority=“local”>
MEDIA TYPE</genre>
<genre authority=“marcgt”>
MEDIA TYPE</genre>

Title

<titleInfo>
<title>
TITLE</title>
</titleInfo>

Author (*aut) & Editor (*edt)

<name type=“personal”>
<namePart type=“family”>
LAST</namePart>
<namePart type=“given”>
FIRST</namePart>
<role>
<roleTerm type=“code” authority=“marcrelator”>
*</roleTerm>
</role>
</name>

Contributor, Series Editor, Translator

<name type=“personal”>
<namePart type=“family”>
LAST</namePart>
<namePart type=“given”>
FIRST</namePart>
<role>
<roleTerm type=“code” authority=“marcrelator”>
</role>
</name>

Abstract

<abstract>ABSTRACT</abstract>

Series & Series Number

<relatedItem type=“series”>
<titleInfo>
<title>
SERIES</title>
<partNumber>
SERIES NUMBER</partNumber>
….

Volume

<part>
<detail type=“volume”>
<number>
VOLUME</number>
</detail>
….
</part>

Edition

<originInfo>
<edition>
EDITION</edition>
….
</originInfo>

Place

<originInfo>
….
<place>
<placeTerm type=“text”>
PLACE</placeTerm>
</place>
….
</originInfo>

Publisher

<originInfo>
….
<publisher>
PUBLISHER</publisher>
….
</originInfo>

Date

<originInfo>
….
<copyrightDate>
DATE</copyrightDate>
….
</originInfo>

Pages

<part>
….
<extent unit=“pages”>
<start>
PAGES (START)</start>
<end>
PAGES (END)</end>
</extent>
</part>

ISBN

<identifier type=“isbn”>ISBN</identifier>

URL

<location>
….
<url>
URL</url>
</location>

Accessed

<originInfo>
….
<dateCaptured>
ACCESSED</dateCaptured>
</originInfo>

Call Number

<classification>CALL NUMBER</classification>

Loc. in Archive

<location>
<physicalLocation>
LOC. IN ARCHIVE</physicalLocation>
….
</location>

Rights

<accessCondition>RIGHTS</accessCondition>


Zotero fields associated only with an “Article” item will successfully import/export:


Zotero Field

MODS Field

Reviewed Author

<name type=“personal”>
<namePart type=“family”>
LAST</namePart>
<namePart type=“given”>
FIRST</namePart>
<role>
<roleTerm type=“code” authority=“marcrelator”/>
</role>
</name>

Publication

<relatedItem type=“host”>
....
<titleInfo>
<title>
PUBLICATION</title>
</titleInfo>
</relatedItem>

Section

<relatedItem type=“host”>
<part>
<detail type=“section”>
<text>
SECTION</text>
</detail>
….
</part>
….
</relatedItem>

ISSN

<relatedItem type=“host”>
….
<identifier type=“issn”>
ISSN</identifier>
….
</relatedItem>


Visit The Library of Congress’ “Outline of Elements and Attributes in MODS” page for further reference: http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods//mods-outline.html



Refer/BibIX Format:


Zotero fields that are successfully imported/exported using Refer/BibIX format translate in the following manner for a “Book” item:


Zotero Field

Refer/BibIX Field

[Drop Down Box]

%0

Title

%T

Author, Contributor, and Series Editor

%A

Editor

%E

Translator

%?

Abstract

%X

Series

%S

Volume

%V

Edition

%7

Place

%C

Publisher

%I

Date

%D

Pages

%P

ISBN

%@

URL

%U

Call Number

%L

Loc. in Archive

%W

Rights

%*


Zotero fields associated only with an “Article” item will successfully import/export:


Zotero Field

Refer/BibIX Field

Reviewed Author

%A

Publication

%B


Visit Long Term Ecological Research’s (LTER) log of “Refer/BibIX Fields” for further reference: http://savanna.lternet.edu/reports/endnotetags.php



Unqualified Dublin Core RDF:


Zotero fields that are successfully imported/exported using Unqualified Dublin Core RDF format translate in the following manner for a “Book” item:


Zotero Field

Unqualified Dublin Core RDF Field

[Drop Down Box]

<RDF:Description RDF:about=“urn:isbn:ISBN
….
dc:type=“
MEDIA TYPE
….>

Title

<RDF:Description RDF:about=“urn:isbn:ISBN
dc:title=“
TITLE
….>

Author

<RDF:Description RDF:about=“urn:isbn:ISBN
….
dc:creator=“
LAST, FIRST
….>

Contributor, Editor, Series Editor, and Translator

<dc:contributor>LAST, FIRST</dc:contributor>

Publisher

<RDF:Description RDF:about=“urn:isbn:ISBN
….
dc:publisher=“
PUBLISHER
….>

Date

<RDF:Description RDF:about=“urn:isbn:ISBN
….
dc:date=“
DATE
….>

ISBN

<dc:identifier>ISBN ISBN</dc:identifier>

Call Number

<dc:identifier>CALL NUMBER</dc:identifier>

Loc. in Archive

<RDF:Description RDF:about=“urn:isbn:ISBN
….
dc:coverage=“
LOC. IN ARCHIVE”>

Rights

<RDF:Description RDF:about=“urn:isbn:ISBN
….
dc:rights=“
RIGHTS
….>


Zotero fields associated only with an “Article” item will successfully import/export:


Zotero Field

Unqualified Dublin Core RDF Field

Reviewed Author

<dc:contributor>LAST, FIRST</dc:contributor>

ISSN

<dc:identifier>ISSN ISSN</dc:identifier>


Visit Dublin Core Metadata Initiative’s “DCMI Metadata Terms” page for further reference:

http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-terms/



Wikipedia Citation Templates

Zotero fields that are successfully imported/exported using Wikipedia Citation Templates format translate in the following manner for a “Book” item:


Zotero Field

Wikipedia Citation Templates Field

[Drop Down Box]

{{Cite MEDIA TYPE
….}}

Title

{{Cite book
….
| title =
TITLE
….}}

Author

{{Cite book
....
| last =
LAST
| first =
FIRST
....}}

Editor and Series Editor (Format for both: FIRST LAST)

{{Cite book
….
| coauthors =
EDITOR, SERIES EDITOR
….}}

Translator

{{Cite book
….
| others =
FIRST LAST (trans.)
….}}

Series

{{Cite book
….
| series =
SERIES
….}}

Volume

{{Cite book
….
| volume =
VOLUME
….}}

Edition

{{Cite book
| edition =
EDITION
….}}

Place

{{Cite book
….
| location =
PLACE
….}}

Publisher

{{Cite book
….
| publisher =
PUBLISHER
….}}

Date

{{Cite book
….
| date =
DATE
….}}

Pages

{{Cite book
….
| pages =
PAGES
….}}

ISBN

{{Cite book
….
| isbn =
ISBN
….}}

URL

{{Cite book
….
| url =
URL}}

Accessed

{{Cite book
….
| accessdate =
ACCESSED
….}}


Zotero fields associated only with an “Article” item will successfully import/export:


Zotero Field

Wikipedia Citation Templates Field

Reviewed Author and Translator (Format for both: FIRST LAST)

{{Cite news
….
| coauthors =
REVIEWED, TRANSLATOR (trans.)
….}}

Publication

{{Cite news
….
| work =
PUBLICATION
….}}

ISSN

{{Cite news
….
| issn =
ISSN
….}}

Visit Wikipedia’s “Wikipedia:Citation templates” page for further reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citation_templates


BibTeX


Zotero fields that are successfully imported/exported using BibTeX format translate in the following manner for a “Book” item:


Zotero Field

BibTeX Field

[Drop Down Box]

@MEDIA TYPE{….
….}

Title

@book{….
title = {
TITLE},
….}

Author, Contibutor, Series Editor, and Translator (Format: FIRST LAST)

@book{….
author = {
AUTHOR and CONTRIBUTOR and SERIES EDITOR and TRANSLATOR},
….}

Abstract

@book{….
abstract = {
ABSTRACT},
….}

Editor

@book{….
editor = {
EDITOR},
….}

Series

@book{….
series = {
SERIES},
….}

Volume

@book{….
volume = {
VOLUME},
….}

Edition

@book{….
edition = {
EDITION},
….}

Place

@book{….
address = {
PLACE},
….}

Publisher

@book{….
publisher = {
PUBLISHER},
….}

Date

@book{….
month =
DATE (MONTH, 3 letter abbr.),
year = {
DATE (YEAR)},
….}

Pages

@book{….
pages = {
PAGES}
….}

ISBN

@book{….
isbn = {
ISBN},
….}

URL

@book{….
url = {
URL},
….}

Call Number

@book{….
lccn = {
CALL NUMBER},
….}

Loc. In Archive

@book{….
location = {
LOC. IN ARCHIVE},
….}

Rights

@book{….
copyright = {
RIGHTS},
….}

Extra

@book{….
note = {
EXTRA},
….}


Zotero fields associated only with an “Article” item will successfully import/export:


Zotero Field

BibTeX Field

Author, Contributor, Reviewed Author and Translator (Format: FIRST LAST)

@article{….
author = {
AUTHOR and CONTRIBUTOR and REVIEWED AUTHOR and TRANSLATOR},
….}

Publication

@article{….
journal = {
PUBLICATION},
….}

Section

@article{….
chapter = {
SECTION},
….}

ISSN

@article{….
issn = {
ISSN},
….}


Visit BibTeX’s “BibTeX Format Descripton” page for further reference: http://www.bibtex.org/Format/