You can import existing libraries from other reference managers with a few simple steps. It won't be a perfect - switching data between different tools always has it's speed bumps, but we are here to help so if you have any issues - email us



1. Export a copy of your library.


TIP: For all reference managers, if your library is a mix of references with PDFs and without, select the papers without PDFs to export the metadata as listed below. ReadCube will automatically identify the metadata from the references PDF file directly from the PDF itseld. This will simplify the import process.


EndNote:

First select the reference(s) that you want to export. Go to the File menu - Export. Select XML as a file type and "Show All Fields" as the output style. Choose either "Export Selected References" or uncheck to export your entire EndNote library.


Mendeley:

First select the reference(s) that you want to export. Go to the file menu - Export. Select "EndNote XML" as the file type.


Zotero:

First select the reference(s) that you want to export. Go to the File menu - Export Library. Select "EndNote XML" as the file type. You can choose to import Notes and Files, which can be imported into ReadCube.


Reference Manager:

First select the reference(s) that you want to export. Go to File menu - Export. Select "RIS" as file type.


Refworks:

Select the folder you want to export. Go to References - Export. Select Bibliographic Software as export format and click on "Export References". A new tab will open. Save page as a .txt file. Find file on your desktop and update extension to be .ris


Sente:

First select the reference(s) that you want to export. Go to the File menu - Export Library. Select "EndNote XML" as the file type.


2. Drag exported library file into ReadCube.


If your export file is in xml format, you will need to use the ReadCube Desktop to import. If you have a a .ris/.bib library file, you can import through both our desktop and web app).


3. Import PDFs associated with those references for articles to be merged with the imported references from step 2.


Note:

  • Your folder structure from your old reference manager will not carry over. That data is not included in export files. To keep your library structure, create a new list in ReadCube using the + icon in the lower left part of the screen and export contents of specific folders from your original reference manager using the steps above.
  • If you see a lot of duplicates, this is because the references you imported did not have DOI/Pubmed ID saved. That is what we use to definitively identify an article as unique so we can confidently merge duplicates together. 


Remembers... any issues or the remote sign of an import related headache coming on -  email us