Export of references formatted as CSV (Comma Separated Value) text

A selection of reference data sets resulting from a search operation can be exported into a Comma-Separated-Value (CSV) file by ETH E-Citations' export function. The file is compatible with MS Excel's CSV format and can be directly imported there.

To export data from ETH E-Citations and to import them into MS Excel, proceed the following way:


Search all reference entries to export by ETH E-Citations' search function.


In the "Export" menu of the search results page, select the entry "CVS".

Export form


In the dialog opening up, select "Save" and click "Ok" if necessary. Save the file "export.csv.txt" (the Download folder of your user folder is provided as default.


Open MS Excel, choose "Open" and set the file filter in the file selector to "Text Files".

Select data type


In the file selector, select the Download folder in your user folder, locate the file "export.csv.txt" and open it.


The following dialogs of Excel are used to define the file format. On the first dialog, select the radio button "Separated" ("Getrennt") and the format of the "Origin" ("Dateiursprung") pull down menu to "65001: Unicode (UTF-8)". If another coding is selected, special characters such as diacritical characters or symbols are imported wrong.

Import in Excel


Continue. On the next dialog, deselect "Tabstopp" and select "Semicolon". Keep the double quotes character as text enclosure.



Continue and complete the dialog. The data will now be imported.


It is useful to define the format of all cells as "Text" or "Standard" in order to avoid an accidental automatic re-formatting of data values in Excel. To do so, select all cells by typing Ctrl A on the keyboard and thereafter Ctrl 1. MS Excel's format dialog is opened in which the cell format can be set to either "Text" or "Standard".