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Zotero is a "free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials".

Zotero has a Wikidata translator. It reads metadata from Wikidata items about works, which you can add to your Zotero library and use further for citations or references in your scientific work, academic essays, or on Wikipedia.

In the other direction, with the additional QuickStatements translator from zotkat you can export metadata in a format understood by QuickStatements, enabling you to more easily create Wikidata items about the works already in your Zotero library. Since Zotero can already read metadata about works from dozens of other websites, including Wikipedia, (through specific translators, or generic metadata such as COinS) or data files such as BibTeX, it can now be used as an intermediary to import that data.

The translators were developed at the May 2017 WikiCite event in Vienna.

Finally, there is Cita, a Wikidata addon that adds citations metadata support to Zotero, including visualization of the local citation graph. It uses cites work (P2860) information available from Wikidata, and enables users to easily contribute missing data.

How to export to QuickStatements[edit]

Export from Zotero to QuickStatements


  • Copy the QuickStatements export translator from zotkat
  • Go to your Zotero data directory and then to the subfolder called “translators”. It’s in your home directory, e.g.:
    • on macOS, in /Users/username/Zotero/translators/
    • on Windows, in C:\Users\[Username]\Zotero\translators
  • Copy the translator file there
  • Restart Zotero (and your browser if using versions earlier than Zotero 5)


  • Open Zotero's preferences dialogue
    • on macOS, choose Zotero > Preferences…
    • on Windows, it's at the bottom of the Edit menu
  • Select the "Export" tab
  • Either
    • Change the "Default Format" to "Wikidata QuickStatements" or:
    • Set up a "Site Specific Setting" for (or, if you are using that version) to use "Wikidata QuickStatements"
  • Click OK


Before proceeding, check whether the works you intend to import are already represented by items in Wikidata. Please do not create duplicates!

  • Open and select "New batch" (alternatively, the legacy version at may be used)
  • open Zotero
  • select one or more works in Zotero
  • drag the work(s) to QuickStatements
  • check the commands and edit where required; for example:
    • is the language of the title correct? (e.g., change LAST [tab] P1476 [tab] und:"example title" to LAST [tab] P1476 [tab] en:"example title")
    • should the authors be items, not strings? (e.g., change LAST [tab] P2093 [tab] "Tim Berners-Lee" to LAST [tab] P50 [tab] Q80)
    • do you need to add "published in" (P1433) statements?
    • are there any garbled characters?
    • is there any extraneous text in any field?
  • in QuickStatements, select "Import V1 commands"
  • run the job QuickStatements
  • check the results are what you expected

We recommend adding works in small batches until you are familiar with the outcome.


Zotero can also export in (English) Wikipedia citation template format. This functionality is native, so no separate installation is necessary.

RSS subscription[edit]

Zotero includes the ability to subscribe to a journal's RSS feed, and have all (or selected) new articles added to a Zotero library. This opens up the possibility to add them all to Wikidata on a regular basis, as described above.


Zotero users may place {{User Zotero}} on their user pages.

See also[edit]