Getting the _____ for subsequent works

Hello there.

I wonder if someone could help me with this problem.

I would like to get the _____ to replace the author’s name in subsequent works by the same author. I’m using Chicago 16th B but seeing as I’ve changed some fields already it is now called Chicago 16th B Copy. When I look in Style-Biblio-Author Lists the field called ‘replace repeated authors with_______’ is checked so I would have expected it to work but it doesn’t. Instead the author’s name is repeated in full. I have selected Chicago 16th B Copy as style in word.

If anybody knows what the problem might be, I’d be very grateful to hear from you.

Many thanks,


As far as I can tell, this only works if all the authors are exactly the same.  If that is the case, make sure that the author is EXACTLY the same by copying and replacing the author inform from one record to the other. 

This is a mystery.

The author names are identical but they just keep appearing as full names rather than ______.

I changed the output style twice to see if that would help but still got the same unhelpful result. I’m going to be in trouble!

Leanne, if you have any other ideas please do let me know.

If anyone else has a suggestion I’m willing to try it.

Best regards,


I tested Chicago 16th B with Windows 7 and EndNote X4.0.2 and the “___” line for repeated authors performed correctly.  Are you using a Mac as maybe this might be a Mac-related issue.  Also, although you’re using 16th B, have you tried Chicago 16th A to see if the repeated authors “____” notation works with this version?

Did you follow my suggestion to copy the complete author list from one record to the other record?

Hi CrazyGecko,

Thanks for taking the time to have a look and testing it.

I’m not using a Mac just PC with Windows 7, Endnote X4 (Bld 4845).

It is really frustrating because it looks like it should be so easy but I can’t sort it out. I have attached some screen shots to this post just in case it gives any hints as to what i might be doing wrong. I’ve tried all the styles that are in the drop down box including all the Chicago’s and none of them will show the ‘____’ so there must be a general problem somewhere. To make sure it wasn’t a typo problem, within Endnote I copied the first ref (Akerlof) in the biblio and just changed the title to ‘X Test’ so the name is surely exactly the same in both refs. If you would take a look I would be very grateful.

Best regards,


Hi there Leanne,

Yes, I did do the copy and paste several times with several different refs but got the same problem result.

Best regards,


On a lark, try this one - that worked for me?  --ADDED IN EDIT – What version of  Endnote are you using? 

X4.02 or X5?

Chicago 16th B repeated.ens (26.3 KB)

Hi there.

I downloaded the file you sent and saved it as an output then selecteed it in Endnote and also in word but it didn’t work. I’m going to try it again later when I get back and have more time. I’m using Endnote X4 (Bld 4845).  It’s a real mystery so I’m determined to work it out. Also I have to because the prof has told me to use ____!

Best regards,


You need to update your Endnote build.  This bug was in the original Endnote X4 but was fixed in X4.0.1 and you should be on X4.0.2 now.  You update from the help menu dropdown! 

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Thank you for pointing that out. Now it is working!

The fact that you kindly give your time and effort to those of us who are learning how to use Endnote is truly appreciated.

Best regards,