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Citation Management

Managing citations for theses, scientific articles, projects and other publications can be a time-consuming, tedious task. There is no one proper method for managing or formatting citations, but this guide will provide you with a basic introduction to the tools offered by the library and by UCT Prague, as well as an overview of common citation styles.

Please contact us for more detailed assistance, and please also let us know if you have suggestions for improving this guide, as it is a continual work in progress.

Citation management tools allow you to import citations from eResources and websites into a tool that helps you organize and easily import them into documents as footnotes or bibliographies formatted in the appropriate style. Many tools can also assist you in organizing personal PDF libraries of documents you discover during the research process, and most also allow you to organize your citations into folders and/or projects.

Further information in English about pros and cons of the different citation styles can be found online (e.g., PennState, MIT).

The library provides all registered patrons with access to (in Czech), a simple and intuitive tool for creating, managing, and sharing citations. In addition to the web application, there is an MS Word toolbar plugin that enables you to insert citations into your documents when writing and conducting research.

Citace PRO is particularly helpful when writing in Czech because it uses the ČSN ISO 690 citation standard. Other citation styles available that are useful when writing in English include APA, Chicago (16th edition), IEEE, MLA (7th edition), and several other styles.

Accessing Citace PRO

  • Go to Citace PRO
  • Choose NTK: Národní technická knihovna (2nd column, 3rd row)
  • Log in with your library username and password


EndNote is widely used commercial citation manager often provided by universities (UCT Prague, for example) for use by their communities. EndNote Basic is a free version, in contrast to the EndNote Desktop paid version.

If you are a member of the UCT Prague/ChemTK community, instructions and other information is available online:

If you are using EndNote and wish to search for full-text from licenced NTK resources, then you should change the following settings on your computer:


JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager; its native file format is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format and can be helpful if you are working in LaTeX and writing in English.


Zotero is free up to 300MB; it has collection management capabilities, citation management functions, and offers a wide variety of citation styles as well as many language versions.

Please note when using the Czech Word extension, you will need to make sure it is placed in the proper folder in your system files if you are working on a PC. To do this:

  • Install the Zotero Word extension
  • Open your cmd prompt
  • Copy and page the following line into the cmd prompt: copy /Y "%appdata%\Microsoft\Word\Startup\" "%appdata%\Microsoft\Word\Po spuštění\"
  • Enter

The Czech Word extension should then be properly installed.


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network for organizing research, collaboration with others online users, and exploring research trends.

Czech Citation Standard ISO ČSN 690

The Czech citation standard (ISO ČSN 690) is the Czech version of the international standard ISO 690:2011 commonly used in the Czech Republic. This standard recommends three possible citation methods in text (numerical, as footnotes or according to the Harvard system) and recommend formats for bibliographic citations (as a list of references). Full-text of this standard can be found on dedicated computers in the Periodicals Reading Room (third floor) or you can purchase a copy of it (e.g., at ÚNMZ).

English Citation Styles

There is no single preferred citation style in English publications and there are different preferred styles for British and American English, so you will need to check with your professor, thesis advisor, or with the publisher of your work to see which citation style they prefer.

Chicago Style and its Variants

The most common citation style used worldwide is the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS; most current: 16th edition), and its variants. Citation styles based directly on CMS include:

Oxford Referencing Style

Official Oxford University Guide to Referencing and Citations

Journal Publisher Styles

Different publishers typically use different styles, which may be modified versions of the US and UK styles listed above - this information is always mentioned at the Instruction for authors. When in doubt, don't hesitate to contact our specialists.

Sample of publisher styles:

  • ACS - American Chemical Society, used in ACS journals.
  • AIP - American Institute of Physics, used in Physics and the AIP journals.
  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, used for the IEEE journals.
  • ISA - International Studies Association, used for ISA journals.

Original Authors: Pavla Francová, Stephanie Krueger

Editor: Tereza Kadlecová Last modified: 22.4. 2020 09:04