Q. Scopus' direct export to RefWorks isn't working. Is there an alternate way to transfer the Scopus records to RefWorks?


There is a very satisfactory work-around that you can use when Scopus' direct export goes down.


Start by downloading a RIS format file:

  1. Select the Scopus records of interest and click on "Export."  The export options will appear in a drop-down box.
  2. Select the "RIS Format" .
  3. Choose the "Specify Fields to be Export" option in the "Choose Information to Export" menu.

I recommend that you retain the "Citation information" selection and also select all options under "Other information", "Bibliographical information", and "Abstract and Keywords".

A screenshot of the "Export" menu drop-down.  Arrows points to the "Export" drop-down, the "RIS Format" option,  The "Choose the information to Export" drop-down with "Specify fields to be exported" selected, the recommended field selections, and the "Export" button.

4.  Click the "Export" button.

5.  A file names something like "scopus.ris" will be saved to your downloads file, or, you may be offered the chance to name and select a location for the file.


Upload the saved file to your RefWorks account:

  1. Click the  "Import" link in the "Quick Access" box on the right-hand side of the RefWorks window.
  2. When the "Import References" screen appears, select the "RIS Format" "Import Filter/Data Source" and the "RIS Format UTF-8" "Database."
A screenshot of the "Import References" box with appropriate choices made for the top two drop-down menus.

3. Click "Browse" and locate the file you downloaded earlier.  It is probably in the "Downloads" folder and is probably named "Scopus.ris".

4.  Make any desired folder selections and click the "Import" button.

  • Last Updated Dec 24, 2016
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  • Answered By Cindy Schmidt

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