Endnote X7 in-text citations error

To Whom It May Concern:

I love the Endnote X7 which allows for the back and forth between endnote online and endnote on my computer to sync fairly seemlessly except this one problem.  

Randomly, certain citations I have imported seem to default to first inital, middle inital, last name and year (for example, A. T. Beck, 1987) instead of last name, year (Beck, 1987) for some reason.  I was trying to figure out if it had to do with the coding of certain citations that it defaults to this format.  

It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of citation it is - journal article, book, or book chapter - it randomly seems to happen.  It is about 10% of the time.  When writing a large document it becomes cumbersome to try to handle this, so I would really appreciate your help.  

Only way around it I’ve found is to select “bibliagraphy only” option and type in the in-text citation myself.



This is usually because you have cited two different articles by that author and the two are not identical.  Little things like full stops, or spacing or one has full first name will trigger Endnote to comply with publishers to distinguish what it thinks are two different authors with the same surname.  You should fix this by  pasting the author from one record to the other (which is preferred).  

for alternative “cludges”  See here: http://endnote.com/kb/82224  – but the first two will mean that if you DO have two authors with the same Surname, that should be distinguished, you will not be using the correct format for the publication.  

Thank you so much for your prompt response.  Wow the fix worked!  Thank you so much.  It think other folks would also benefit from this.  

I spent hours trying to figure this out - next time I will use this forum!  - mshashoua


Thanks for the follow up. You were right the first time. I had to re-read it many times and check the style section simultaneously under ambiguous citations. Every author’s name has to consistent in all characters and unique. And the right boxes have to be checked in the style section. The result if its set up right is that the formatting becomes fllawless except for two authors with similar lastnames and different initials. This is where the in-text citation will show the authors’ initials to distinguish one author from another; and something bad happens when they both publish in the same year. Then, endnote begins to distinguish the articles by adding a letter series to the year as if they were one and the same author (I have the initials to proove they were not). Thanks.