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  1.  
    Hi -

    I'm *brand* new to Zotero, and want to import my Endnote library. I followed all instructions to export my Endnote library and went to import to Zotero, but it won't let me import .txt? The file is "grayed out" and I can't select it to import....what gives?
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2011
     
    change the file extension to .ris. ALternatively, open with a text editor, select all (ctrl+a), copy (ctrl+c) and then use "Import from Clipboard" in Zotero.
  2.  
    Thanks! Changing the ris extension was not allowed by Endnote, but Import from Clipboard worked great!
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2011
     
    great. You could have changed the file extension after exporting from endnote using the rename feature of your operating system. On Windows you'd probably have to make the file extension visible first.
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Show-or-hide-file-name-extensions
  3.  
    Had the same issue -huge library from ancient Endnote version exported as .txt file was not recognized by Zotero. Tried renaming it to .ris, but this still didn't work. As with Beth, though, the ctrl+a/ctrl+c /Import from Clipboard did the trick.
  4.  
    Hi - I too am new to zotero and have an issue importing a text file exported from the Cochrane Library. No download appears on the screen, so tried the export option. I managed to get a good looking text file and tried renaming and copying without success. I am using Windows 7
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2012
     
    copy&paste one sample RIS entry here so we can have a look.
  5.  
    Here's a sample from the file. IT seems to be the standard format that other reference software uses - I used to use Ref Man and Endnote.

    Record #1 of 140
    ID: CD005191
    AU: McQueen Jean
    AU: Howe Tracey E
    AU: Allan Linda
    AU: Mains Diane
    AU: Hardy Victoria
    TI: Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards
    SO: McQueen Jean, Howe Tracey E, Allan Linda, Mains Diane, Hardy Victoria. Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Reviews 2011 Issue 8 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005191.pub3
    YR: 2011
    NO: 8
    PB: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    US: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD005191/frame.html
    KY: Adult [checkword]; Humans [checkword]; Young Adult [checkword]; Adolescent; Alcohol Drinking [epidemiology] [therapy]; Alcoholism [epidemiology] [therapy]; Counseling [methods]; Ethanol [poisoning]; Hospitalization; Patient Education as Topic [methods]; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
    CC: HM-ADDICTN
    DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005191.pub3


    Record #2 of 140
    ID: CD004148
    AU: Kaner Eileen F.S.
    AU: Dickinson Heather O
    AU: Beyer Fiona R
    AU: Campbell Fiona
    AU: Schlesinger Carla
    AU: Heather Nick
    AU: Saunders John B
    AU: Burnand Bernard
    AU: Pienaar Elizabeth D
    TI: Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations
    SO: Kaner Eileen F.S., Dickinson Heather O, Beyer Fiona R, Campbell Fiona, Schlesinger Carla, Heather Nick, Saunders John B, Burnand Bernard, Pienaar Elizabeth D. Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Reviews 2007 Issue 2 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004148.pub3
    YR: 2007
    NO: 2
    PB: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    US: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD004148/frame.html
    KY: Humans [checkword]; Alcohol Drinking [therapy]; Alcoholism [therapy]; Emergencies; Family Practice; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
    CC: HM-ADDICTN
    DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004148.pub3


    Record #3 of 140
    ID: CD002008
    AU: Baldwin Christine
    AU: Weekes Christine Elizabeth
    TI: Dietary advice with or without oral nutritional supplements for disease-related malnutrition in adults
    SO: Baldwin Christine, Weekes Christine Elizabeth. Dietary advice with or without oral nutritional supplements for disease-related malnutrition in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Reviews 2011 Issue 9 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002008.pub4
    YR: 2011
    NO: 9
    PB: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    US: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD002008/frame.html
    KY: Adult [checkword]; Humans [checkword]; Dietary Supplements; Dietetics; Body Weight [physiology]; Dietary Services; Disease; Malnutrition [diet therapy] [etiology] [mortality]; Nutrition Processes [physiology]; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
    CC: HM-CF
    DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002008.pub4


    Record #4 of 140
    ID: CD005030
    AU: Gates Simon
    AU: McCambridge Jim
    AU: Smith Lesley A
    AU: Foxcroft David
    TI: Interventions for prevention of drug use by young people delivered in non-school settings
    SO: Gates Simon, McCambridge Jim, Smith Lesley A, Foxcroft David. Interventions for prevention of drug use by young people delivered in non-school settings. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Reviews 2006 Issue 1 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005030.pub2
    YR: 2006
    NO: 1
    PB: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    US: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD005030/frame.html
    KY: Adult [checkword]; Humans [checkword]; Counseling; Adolescent; Program Evaluation; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Schools; Substance-Related Disorders [prevention & control]
    CC: HM-ADDICTN
    DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005030.pub2


    Record #5 of 140
    ID: CD004015
    AU: Lewin Simon
    AU: Munabi-Babigumira Susan
    AU: Glenton Claire
    AU: Daniels Karen
    AU: Bosch-Capblanch Xavier
    AU: van Wyk Brian E
    AU: Odgaard-Jensen Jan
    AU: Johansen Marit
    AU: Aja Godwin N
    AU: Zwarenstein Merrick
    AU: Scheel Inger B
    TI: Lay health workers in primary and community health care for maternal and child health and the management of infectious diseases
    SO: Lewin Simon, Munabi-Babigumira Susan, Glenton Claire, Daniels Karen, Bosch-Capblanch Xavier, van Wyk Brian E, Odgaard-Jensen Jan, Johansen Marit, Aja Godwin N, Zwarenstein Merrick, Scheel Inger B. Lay health workers in primary and community health care for maternal and child health and the management of infectious diseases. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Reviews 2010 Issue 3 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004015.pub3
    YR: 2010
    NO: 3
    PB: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    US: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD004015/frame.html
    KY: Child, Preschool [checkword]; Humans [checkword]; Health Promotion; Breast Feeding; Child Abuse [prevention & control]; Child Health Services [standards]; Child Mortality; Community Health Workers [standards]; Home Health Aides; Immunization; Infant, Low Birth Weight; Infant, Newborn; Maternal Health Services [standards]; Parent-Child Relations; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Tuberculosis, Pulmonary [prevention & control]
    CC: HM-EPOC
    DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004015.pub3


    Record #6 of 140
    ID: CD007536
    AU: Whitworth Melissa
    AU: Dowswell Therese
    TI: Routine pre-pregnancy health promotion for improving pregnancy outcomes
    SO: Whitworth Melissa, Dowswell Therese. Routine pre-pregnancy health promotion for improving pregnancy outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Reviews 2009 Issue 4 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007536.pub2
    YR: 2009
    NO: 4
    PB: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    US: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD007536/frame.html
    KY: Adult [checkword]; Female [checkword]; Humans [checkword]; Pregnancy [checkword]; Young Adult [checkword]; Pregnancy Outcome; Health Behavior; Health Education [methods]; Health Promotion [methods]; Maternal Behavior; Preconception Care [methods]; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Risk Factors
    CC: HM-PREG
    DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007536.pub2


    Record #7 of 140
    ID: CD006869
    AU: Roberts Neil P
    AU: Kitchiner Neil J
    AU: Kenardy Justin
    AU: Bisson Jonathan I
    TI: Multiple session early psychological interventions for the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder
    SO: Roberts Neil P, Kitchiner Neil J, Kenardy Justin, Bisson Jonathan I. Multiple session early psychological interventions for the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Reviews 2009 Issue 3 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006869.pub2
    YR: 2009
    NO: 3
    PB: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
    US: http://www.mrw.interscience.wiley.com/cochrane/clsysrev/articles/CD006869/frame.html
    KY: Female [checkword]; Humans [checkword]; Male [checkword]; Cognitive Therapy [methods]; Desensitization, Psychologic [methods]; Psychotherapy, Brief [methods]; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic [prevention & control] [psychology]; Time Factors
    CC: HM-DEPRESSN
    DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006869.pub2
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2012
     
    That's not a valid import format. RIS entries have to start with
    TY -
    and ende with
    ER -
    they also use hyphens, not colons. Refer/Bibix looks completely different.

    Since the Cochrane library is on Wiley, you should be able to import using Zotero's URL bar icon, though.
  6.  
    OK - the URL bar icon didn't come up - my browser is Chrome.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2012
     
    and you have the Chrome connector for Zotero installed?
  7.  
    Hi,
    When I export some reférences from myendnoteweb (bibtex or ris) , I try to import them to zotero but zotero did not recognize format (bibtex or ris). I change extension .bib or .ris ... but same "alert message". I copy/paste from content of one of both files (bibtex or ris) and it work good. Why import file didn't work ? I don't have this problem before (with version 2.X of Zotero).
  8.  
    Hi again -

    I reinstalled the Chrome connector and still nothing on the Cochrane URL bar. Tried changing : to - in the ris/text file and still get the same 'not in supported format' message...
    • CommentAuthorSimon
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2012
     
    Michael Shepard: The Chrome connector cannot import files. You need to do this from Zotero Standalone (File->Import).
    • CommentAuthorSimon
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2012
     
    GabrielURFIST: This is probably fixed in Zotero 3.0.3. If not, start a new thread.
  9.  
    Simon - thanks, I did know that - the Chrome connector bit is the preferred approach, the import a second option.

    Using the Cochrane library, I am unable to download a list of references direct to Z Standalone and also cannot import a downloaded list.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2012
     
    Import won't work - as I say above, the problem isn't just the colon. RIS records need to start with TY and end with ER. That's required by the specs and Zotero requires it for import.
    Can you import individual entries from the Cochrane library via URL bar icon? If not, could you provide an example URL of an item where you don't see a URL bar icon?
  10.  
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
     
    OK, I can confirm that. That doesn't look like it'll be a super-quick fix - the Cochrane search results are different from other Wiley searches - but I'll try to get to it in a while.
    I can't help you with the manual import - there is just too much to change to make it worthwhile. You can try to contact the Cochrane library (and/or Wiley) and let them know that their export format is not valid RIS (nor valid anything else) - maybe they'll be responsive.
  11.  
    Thanks for looking.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2012
     
    Cochrane library search results now work. Translators take 24hs to update or you can update immediately from the general tab of the Zotero preferences.
  12.  
    Great that the Cochrane Library now works, but on individual records it seems to be picking up the wrong date from the record (all 1996 rather than the actual publication date).
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
     
    if you don't mind, could you report that to Wiley/Cochrane? Zotero uses the bibtex data on the site and that has "year = {1996},"
    we could probably hack around that - the correct date is in the site header - but I'd much rather they fix that on their side and we keep the translator clean.
  13.  
    Is there a size limitation I should be aware of?
    I have been trying to migrate from EndNote. I use RefMan format to export from EndNote, import to Zotero using Import. My EndNote library has > 30,000 references (and handles them quickly). I tried exporting the whole thing. EndNote handled this fine, but Zotero choked. I've been trying it a piece at a time, by first author initial. Zotero has imported pieces fine, so I don't think it is a format problem, but eventually (and fairly early in the alphabet) Zotero just seems to fail to import - it becomes non-responsive for hours. I've handled the notification about a script apparently being stuck (Continue), but it still doesn't complete in any reasonable amount of time. I've tried in Firefox extension and stand-alone (on Win 7). I've tried on different computers, and it gets stuck in different places (so I don't think it is some particular corrupt reference, e.g.).
    I really like Zotero, and would like to transition - but I don't seem to be able to get there.
    • CommentAuthoraurimas
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
     
    30,000 items would take a while to import. If I understand correctly, Zotero does not choke on any one part of your library (when you try to import by pieces). That is, if it gets stuck and you try to redo the import, everything goes through properly? If not, then (A) how many entries are you trying to import for the segment that gets stuck? and (B) could you post the file somewhere (gist.github.com or pastebin.com or somewhere else) so we could do some testing with it?

    It might help if you disable syncing in the preferences while performing a large import (I'm not certain that syncing occurs during import).
  14.  
    Correct - does not consistently get stuck at any particular point. I have turned of sync, fwiw. It may be that what I need is less coffee and more patience. I've gotten farther today than I had before - importing N at the moment. Largest piece so far successfully on board has 9628 entries. I don't think there's much point in me posting an example - any large collection would likely have the same issue.
    Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorjvcruz
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2013 edited
     
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    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2013
     
    which format exactly did you export it to? post a sample entry here (i.e. in RIS from from TY - to ER - )
    • CommentAuthorjvcruz
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2013 edited
     
    .
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2013
     
    that's the Wikipedia citation template. Unfortunately Zotero currently doesn't import that. It would certainly be possible to write an import translator, but it's a fair amount of work and there really isn't much of a use case for it.
    • CommentAuthorjvcruz
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2013 edited
     
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    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2013
     
    I am unable to export the results of a Cochrane Library search into Zotero. When I try to use the icon in the URL bar, it gives me a citation of a completely unrelated document. I am using Zotero stand alone and Safari connector. Any suggestions? Thanks.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2013
     
    what are your search terms and what's the search URL
    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2013
     
    The search terms is actually a series of searches built together with the search manager, I am not sure how to display that here.

    The search URL is just: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/cochranelibrary/search/advanced
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2013
     
    if you do a regular search, does that work?
    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2013
     
    I just did a regular search and the Zotero button in the URL bar worked fine! I realized that on my big series of searches, the Zotero icon is a book and not a file folder (which it was for my simpler search). Perhaps this means something?
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2013
     
    yes, I can replicate that.
    We'll see what we can do - Zotero just doesn't realize the search happens (you'll see the single article icon even without a search - there's a DOI somewhere on that page that it picks up), so we need to trigger that - I believe we're able to do that, might take a little before I get to it, though.
    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2013
     
    Ok, that is great. Thanks. Will keep an eye out for any updates.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    that wasn't too bad, should work now:
    Your version of Zotero will automatically update within 24hs, or you can update manually using the "Update Now" button in the "General" tab of the Zotero preferences.

    Any further problems let us know & thanks for reporting
    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    Thank you, but unfortunately I am still unable to import my list of search results.

    I do now see an icon that looks like a piece of paper (not a book icon), but it still imports the following (unrelated) single citation, as it was doing yesterday.

    Book section called: Addition to inhaled corticosteroids of long-acting beta2-agonists versus anti-leukotrienes for chronic asthma

    URL in Zotero citation: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/cochranelibrary/search/advanced

    I did "update now" my Zotero before I tried. Tried closing and re-opening Zotero and also ran the search again in a new Safari window, but still no luck.

    It still recognizes this item even before I run the search and am just in the 'search manager' page.

    I'd appreciate any new suggestions! Thanks.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    you should see a folder just like in the basic search. Definitely works for me. Do you have Zotero Standalone open when you try this? That might not work, try this with only Firefox open.
    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    I just tried again after closing my stand-alone Zotero. Still no luck. I am using Safari, not Firefox.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    oh sorry, this won't work with Safari, somehow I remembered you using Firefox. I'll have a workaround for you in a couple of minutes though. Involves one extra click, but shouldn't be a problem otherwise.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    OK go here:
    http://adam3smith.github.io/zotero-tools/
    and drag the bookmarklet link to your bookmark toolbar. Click the bookmarklet after doing the search. I'm pretty sure that should work on Safari, though I can't test.
    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    Ok, it did make the icon into a file folder and a window popped up to select which items I'd like to import. However, it then says "An error occurred while saving this item. Check Known Translator Issues for more information." So nothing actually got imported. Do you know of known translator issues that would affect this?
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    Try to select only one item and import. If that doesn't work, follow the link to that item and see if you can import it with the icon in the URL bar there. Obviously that shouldn't be necessary, but we want to make sure that this is not a problem specific to the import you're looking at.
    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    There are 2 subsets of my search results: Cochrane Reviews and Other Reviews and it appears there is a difference…perhaps this is the base of the issue.

    For Cochrane Reviews: selecting one item and importing worked and also following a link to one item and using the icon in the URL bar worked for Cochrane Reviews, although it imported as item type=book section, but perhaps that is what Zotero considers Cochrane.

    For Other Reviews: selecting one item did not work. Also, following a link to these items (the couple I tried) had a greyed out Zotero button in the URL bar.
    • CommentAuthoradamsmith
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    OK, that's as good as it is going to get for the time being. "Other Reviews" aren't supported. I might look into that at some point, but not right now.
    • CommentAuthormagnew
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013
     
    Oh, ok. Well, thanks for your help to this point.
    • CommentAuthoraurimas
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2013 edited
     
    Btw, @adamsmith, monitorDOMChanges should be working in Safari 6.0+

    Edit: Sorry about that, there is currently a bug in Chrome/Safari/Opera connectors. Should be fixed with the next release.

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