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Importing Articles into Litmaps
Importing Articles into Litmaps

Want to open a reference manager library in Litmaps? Upload references from a RIS file? See the many ways Litmaps can import articles.

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Written by Digl Dixon
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Litmaps can quickly load your existing research in several ways. In this guide we'll run over the various options for importing articles using the Import Articles button. You'll find it in multiple places throughout the app:

Do you have articles stored elsewhere, but don't know how to export them?

Here's how to export papers from any reference manager, like Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, PaperPile etc.

Uploading articles from a file

The most common method for bringing your existing research into Litmaps is to export a BibTeX file from your reference manager. Check our guide if you haven't done this before.

Litmaps also supports RIS and PubMed file formats:

  • RIS files are common reference file formats. For example, f you download an article's reference from Nature, you'll receive a RIS file.

  • Similarly, PubMed will export articles in its own format.

Whichever file you have, loading it into Litmaps is easy:

  1. Click Import Articles

  2. Click Upload File, or drop in the file if that's an option

Litmaps with automatically search for the references contained within the file.

Importing articles manually

If you have a list of article identifiers, Litmaps can run a bulk import operation.

  1. Click Import Articles

  2. Click Manual Import

  3. There's a dropdown for you to choose which format your identifiers are in. The options are:

    • DOI (recommended)

    • arXiv ID

    • Litmaps ID

    • Microsoft Academic Graph ID

    • OpenAlex ID

    • PubMed Central ID

    • PubMed ID

    • Semantic Scholar ID

    • Title

    • APA

  4. After choosing your format, enter your IDs in the text box provided.

    • For most formats, your IDs should be comma-separated (spaces after commas are fine!).

    • Title and APA entries should be line-separated (again, extra lines are fine)

  5. When you're ready, click the Parse button.

Litmaps will parse your text input and run a bulk import.

Important Note: Using the APA import option may result in very long processing times โ€“ we strongly recommend using one of the other ID types if this is an option for you.

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