First letter of frontname shown in reference in text

Endnote cites some of my references with the first letter of the front name in the text. E.g…: (D. J. Johnson, 2003) instead of (Johnson, 2003).

It only does it with three or four names of my reference list, but with these in every manuscript and with every reference.

The only regularity I found was that all these names are in my library with more then one reference. But for the rest the references are written in endnote just like all the others.

What can I do?

The output style’s “Author Name” setting for citations might be mistakenly set to “A. B”. (initials) instead of “Last Name Only”.  And used in conjunction with the “Use initials only for primary author with the same name”, this seems to be why the author name of the in-text citations appears as “D. J. Johnson”.

  1. To verify, go to the EndNote toolbar, select EDIT, OUTPUT STYLES, EDIT [name of style you’re using.]

  2. In the left column of the output style (see attached image), locate “Citations” then click to select “Author Name”.  On the right side, confirm or change the “Initials” option to: Last Name Only.

  3. Exit the style which will save the change as a “Copy” so adjust both EndNote and MS Word to use the style “Copy” version.

Thank you so much! That really worked. You really helped us with that !