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Bibliography Export

With BibSonomy, you are able to export your lists of bookmarks/publications in order to use them with other programs. The internationally standardized data format that is supported by all major bibliographic management programs is called BibTeX. The export takes place in two steps. First, you have to export the bookmarks/publications from BibSonomy, then you have to import the BibTeX data into the requested program.


Bibliography Export in general

Copy citations

In order to cite a single publication, you can copy the corresponding citation to your local clipboard.

There are two options to do so:

A: Click on the downwards-pointing arrow in the menu located in the right corner at the bottom of each publication entry. You can now choose from your favourite export formats. After you selected the format you like, a new window appears. Click the button at the very bottom to copy the citation to your local clipboard. You can now import the citation into your requested program.

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B: Click on the name of the publication you want to export. At the bottom of the page with the publication details, you will find the option to cite this publication by clicking the button at the very bottom.


How to build individual bibliography out of your publications

Goal: This tutorial shows you how to build bibliographies out of your publications. You'll also learn how to save the bibliographies in BibSonomy and/or export them.

Requirements: If you don’t know how to search and view bookmarks and publications in BibSonomy yet, please read the following tutorial before you continue: Manage literature and bookmarks.


If you want to export a list of several publications you need to add them to your bibliography first. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. After you have used the search bar (at the top on the right) to search for publications, the resulting bookmarks are displayed on the left-hand side and publications are displayed on the right-hand side. With every publication comes a corresponding toolbar.

  2. Click on the folder symbol (if you hover the mouse cursor over the symbol, the message “add this publication to your clipboard” appears).

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  3. The publication is now stored in your clipboard. To view the clipboard, click on the person icon in the right main menu and in the following sub-menu, click on “clipboard”. In addition, you can see a red circle with the number of publications in your clipboard next to the person icon.

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Repeat the steps 1 to 3 for all publications that shall be added to your bibliography. To export your bibliography, go to your clipboard (as described above in step 3).


How to export your bibliography

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  1. In the clipboard, click on the arrow symbol on the very right – the export options are shown.

  2. Choose your preferred export format for exporting your bibliography. BibSonomy shows you the most common export formats (RSS, BibTeX, RDF). Click on “more…” to choose other export formats (e.g. HTML).

    A: Choose an export format from the box or your favorite layouts.

    B: Choose the number of posts you want to export. You can either choose a number of items from the boxes before you choose an export format or you can add ?items=variousnumber to the end of the URL after choosing an export format.

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    Advice: We recommend to export your bibliography in BibTeX format. This format is so widely spread that you can call it the standard format for reference management software.

  3. After you clicked on an export format, sometimes you directly will be asked where you want to store the file, but sometimes (depending on the format) your bibliography will be displayed in the corresponding format. Click on the right mouse button and select the option “Save as…” to store your bibliography.

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  4. To clear your clipboard for the next text research, click on the folder symbol in the clipboard, then click on “clear clipboard”. Please keep in mind that this action cannot be undone, so you should make a backup of any data before.


For a documentation on how to export data from BibSonomy to commonly used software like Microsoft Word or Bibliographix, click here.