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Every effort is made by Smithsonian Libraries staff to collect publication data proactively and without effort by authors. However not all publications are easily identified and captured by Libraries staff and in those cases, authors can submit data to Smithsonian Research Online in one of several ways:

  • Staff currently using EndNote, Pro-Cite, Reference Manager, RefWorks or Zotero can export publication data in RIS format and email it to the Information Services Librarian (contact information is below). Instruction and advice on using these packages or how to export/submit the data can be obtained by contacting

  • Users can input the data directly using a web form provided here. Choose the type of publication listed and complete the form which is presented.

  • If the item is published online and the publisher website uses digital object identifiers (DOI), authors can send the DOI in an email to

Errors or corrections can be brought to the attention of SRO staff by emailing or using the 'Report Errors' link on this page.

IMPORTANT: When forwarding or inputting information, please remember to include the author(s) museum/unit and department.

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