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Elements Publications at UT: Import from Zotero

This guide addresses common questions from UT researchers about creating their Publications list in their Elements profile.

Import Citations to Elements from Zotero

Start in Zotero

Step 1

Create a library of your publications. Then, under the Actions Menu (the gray gear icon) find and click on "Export Library."

Step 2

When asked for export format, choose RIS.

Step 3

Save the .RIS file.


...Then Import to Elements

Step 4

Login to Elements and, under Menu at the top of the screen, choose Manage Publications: Import.

Elements Menu Import Screenshot


Step 5

Upload and import the .RIS file you generated in Step 3 as the "Reference Manager/Endnote" file type.

Elements Import Screenshot

Important! Review the imported citations because the data may not be completely correct. A common problem is in the citation type; there may be confusion in records between book chapters and books, articles and conference proceedings, and so on.

At the top of the page, go to Menu > Manage Publications to review your publications list. To make changes, look for the yellow pencil icon (Pencil Icon) that appears in the citation for each publication.


Additional Help & Credits

Additional Help

If you need assistance with any of the steps listed on this page, contact your subject librarian.

The Provost's Office has a UT Elements Help site that provide information on Elements outside of the Publications aspect.

Symplectic also has several detailed Elements guides with more information (Note: you must be logged in to Elements to view):

For issues relating to managing your profile, publications, or other data inside Elements, please contact the appropriate point of contact listed on UT's Elements Help Contacts page, which lists help by college and departmental liaisons.

If the above contact is not available, please contact the Office of the Provost at 974-6152.

If you have other questions, please note this message on the Elements login screen:

Elements Login Screenshot


UT's Elements Guide was created with information from the following sources:

The guide was created by Rachel Caldwell, overseen by Holly Mercer (Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication). Directions for importing citations were developed by Jeanine Williamson (Engineering Librarian).