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Import from ADS Classic

Linking accounts

If you have an account in our legacy system, ADS Classic, it is possible to import libraries from your old account into the new ADS interface.

First login with your normal credentials on the new ADS, and then navigate to the Customize Settings page:

a screenshot of the location of the Customize Settings button

Once there, select Import Libraries in the left panel:

a screenshot of ADS Classic library import with the form filled in

If you are linking an ADS Classic account, you will need to specify your email, your password used for your ADS Classic account, and the mirror at which you have an account.

If you need to link a different account, then simply press Sign into a new Classic account

Importing libraries

Once you have successfully connected your ADS Classic account with the new ADS, you now have the option to import your ADS Classic libraries into the new ADS.

a screenshot after the Import all Classic libraries button has been pressed

You can see my original ADS Classic library now exists in the new ADS:

ADS Classic a screenshot of the library in ADS Classic

The new ADS a screenshot of the library in the new ADS

ATTENTION: the following rules are used to import your libraries into the new interface

  1. All the libraries you own will be imported, and created with their ‘Name’ and ‘Description’ from ADS Classic. Entries for all bibcodes for each library will be created also. However, notes attached to individual entries within a library will not be imported and are not supported in the new ADS.
  2. If you have a library in the new ADS with the same name, it will merge the documents from your ADS Classic library into the new ADS; the new ADS takes precedent.
  3. You can repeat this process as many times as you wish, but must keep in mind the actions of 2. and 3.
  4. You cannot undo your import, you must delete a library and re-import if you make a mistake.


  • I can’t seem to authenticate my ADS Classic account

    Make sure you i) actually have an ADS Classic account, and ii) that you selected the correct mirror - otherwise it won’t work. If you are still running into trouble, then contact us.

  • I can’t seem to import my libraries

    You should make sure you actually have any libraries to import from your ADS Classic library. It is more than likely you are trying to import from an account that does not have any. However, if you do have libraries and keep running into this problem then contact us.

  • I can’t find the export format for the software I’m trying to use

    If you think we should supply a format for another third-party software that is used then let us know.