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How can I import from Citavi?

There several ways to import records from Citavi into Zotero. The Citavi XML format allows to import also quotations, tasks etc. However, the bibliographic metadata only can also be imported by the RIS format.

  1. In Citavi create a backup of your project. This option is in the file menu.
  2. The backup is saved in a file with the file ending ctv5bak and lies normally in your home directory under Documents\Citavi 5\Backup, i.e. follow this format C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Citavi 5\Backup\<projectname>. Alternatively, you can look up the backup folder under Tools / Options / Folders and there click on “Open folder with Windows Explorer”, see
  3. The ctv5bak file is a zip file, which cannot be processed directly, but you have to unzip it first and continue with resulting (unziped) file.
  4. Rename the resulting *.ctv5 file into a *.xml file.
  5. Import this file in Zotero.

RIS format (alternative)

For the usual bibliographic metadata a metadata format like RIS can be used, i.e. export all records of a project in Citavi to a RIS file and then import that file into Zotero.

However, this will not include the additional elements, e.g. citations, from the “knowledge management” functionalities in Citavi.

kb/import-from-citavi.txt · Last modified: 2017/11/12 19:53 (external edit)