Export Results

The ‘Export Results’ button allows users to export their query’s results in prescribed formats that can be used for various purposes. Once you are logged in and have completed a search, you may wish to save the results and export them for use elsewhere. You can use the Lens Attribution badge by copying and pasting the iframe code snippet provided by the lens into your website.


Results toolbar

The “Export Results” button is available in the toolbar area on search result pages, specifically List View of search results. The “Export Results” button is available in the toolbar area on search result pages, specifically List View of search results. The toolbar is designed to be sticky or follow you as you scroll so export is always within view. Analysis View does not contain the export result feature.

How to Use

Click on Export Results to go into a pop-up window with the title ‘Export’. The file format, file name and export fields need to be filled in.

Export Options

Export options include a number of results with a current max of 50,000. Files may be exported in any of four formats- RIS, BibTeX, CSV and JSON. Use the drop-down menu to select the option suitable to your requirements.

  • RIS Format: RIS is a standardized tag format developed by Research Information Systems, Incorporated (the format name refers to the company) to enable citation programs to exchange data.
  • BibTeX Format: BibTeX is reference management software for formatting lists of references. 
  • CSV Format: A comma-separated values (CSV) file is a delimited text file that uses a comma to separate values.
  • JSON Format: JavaScript Object Notation is an open standard file format, and data interchange format, that uses human-readable text to store and transmit data objects consisting of attribute–value pairs and array data types.
  • JSON Lines: JSON Lines is a convenient format for storing structured data that may be processed one record at a time. JSON Lines uses the same data schema as the API response. We recommended replacing legacy JSON exports with JSON Lines exports.

Export Fields

Under the Export Fields option, field choices may be included or eliminated to better focus the data user requires. As well as selecting individual fields, user can quickly ‘Select All’ or ‘Deselect All’ fields with toggle option available at the top right of the field list.

Export File Name

You can choose to provide a custom name to your export file, or by leaving it blank the file name will default to (lens-export) with the file extension being the file format.


Once you click export, you will receive a message about the download link being emailed to your Email address. When the download is complete, you will get an Email with the instructions to retrieve the results. Please note that the link provided will be valid for approximately 30 days.

Note: You must be logged in to export over 1000 search results.

Updated on May 29, 2023
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