EndnoteX1 - importing characters for authors.

Can anyone help? When i import a reference (e.g., from a journal link “export endnote citation”  i am getting something that looks like this, ie., nonsense characters instead of authors, etc. Thx in advance.

1.    Alison J. Partridge AHFEWKRALEAWLHDMHLKVSSHS. Risk factors for early work disability in systemic lupus erythematosus. Results from a Multicenter Study. Arthritis and Rheumatism 1997;40:2199-2206.

Message Edited by ljulian on 03-20-2009 06:02 PM

Looks like you are getting a conversion of author names to initials?  Check you are using the most recent RIS filter?  What journal/website are you exporting from?

so, i was importing from journal website “Arthritis and rheumatism”  - can you tell me how to set the RIS filter? or download an update?  thx

Endnote X2.0.1 on a PC.

sorry, decided to do some testing:

the file looks like this:

%0 Journal Article
%A Alison J. Partridge, Anne H. Fossel, Elizabeth W. Karlson, Robert A. Lew, Elizabeth A. Wright, Lawren H. Daltroy, Matthew H. Liang, Karin V. Straaton, Steven H. Stern, Arthur F. Kavanaugh, W. Neal Roberts,
%T Risk factors for early work disability in systemic lupus erythematosus. Results from a Multicenter Study
%J Arthritis & Rheumatism
%V 40
%N 12
%P 2199-2206
%D 1997
%@ 1529-0131
%+ Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky; University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Medical College of Virginia, Richmond
%1 10.1002/art.1780401214
%U http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/art.1780401214
%X Objective. To study the risk factors for early work disability in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).Methods. A sample of 159 SLE patients who had been employed at some time since diagnosis was drawn from a multicenter study of outcome in SLE. Disease activity, organ damage, education, income, source of health insurance, and work-related factors were measured in a standardized interview. Work disability was defined by patient self-report of not working because of SLE. The outcome measure was current work status. Seven patients were excluded from the analysis because their choice not to work was unrelated to SLE.Results. An average of 3.4 years after diagnosis, 40% had quit work completely, and job modification was substantial. Univariate analysis (chi-square and t-test) showed that significant predictors of early work disability included having a high school education or less, receiving Medicaid or having no health insurance, having a job which required more physical strength, having an income below poverty level, and having greater disease activity at diagnosis. In multivariate models, significant predictors were education level (P = 0.0004), higher physical demands of the job (P = 0.0028), and higher disease activity at diagnosis (P = 0.0078). Race, sex, cumulative organ damage at diagnosis, and disease duration were not significant.Conclusion. Early work disability in SLE is strongly associated with some sociodemographic factors that might be amenable to intervention.

I went to the journal and downloaded that paper direct to Endnote (open rather than save), and all the Authors went in to one line, rather than an author per line. If I saved and imported it as RIS, I got what you got (all initials for everyone but the first author).   For those who are familiar with import files, it was exported from the journal as  an .enw file?  and imported automatically (when I specified “open” file, rather than save).  I am not an expert at this, but I openned Endnote Import (generic) and changed the Author parsing from from smart to “other” and put in a comma.  I saved this as Endnote Import Copy. 

then I saved the exported file rather than selecting “open”, and imported it using the new edited import file and it seemed to work, importing the authors, one per line.  But it imported them as First M. I. Last.  (I prefer Last, First M. I.). 

People with more experience with import filters may have further advice.  I would import it using the connect/PubMed, myself, which worked perfectly.