Hello everyone

I’m struggling to find the following 2 outputstyle:

  1. (first 3) Author(s) (if more than 3 authors followed by: et al.); Title;Journal;Volume;Issue;Pages

  2. (first) 3 Author(s) (if more than 3 authors followed by: et al.); Title;Journal;Volume;Issue;Pages;abstract

Is there anyone who can help me?

Esther Robijn

EAU The Netherlands

To be honest, there is just no simple way to find one specific style with a specific order as outlined below, if the publisher or publication’s name isn’t in Endnote’s collection.  Furthermore there are so many other details which you haven’t included (mind you, specifying them, wouldn’t make it any easier - just harder).  I am not aware of any (apart from “show all”) style that includes the abstract (out of the box) - but that can be easily added once you identify a style that matches your other items.   

the best attempt I know is the http://community.thomsonreuters.com/t5/EndNote-Styles-Filters-and/Style-templates-collection/m-p/3887#U3887 thread where one of the members of the forum created and “named” a set of styles that tried to cover most order, font specifications, SN,GN orders, etc.  Yours would be (unknown if SG or GS or SGGS)Ti_Jo_Vo_No_Pages) - the key is given at the very end (again) or in the beginning by the original poster. 

You will want to know how to order them (alphabetical or by Appearance). 

But the way I tend to approach this kind of problem is to find a close output style (in Endnote) by going into the Style manager (edit>output styles>open style manager) and then click on the “Style Info/Preview” button.  

Then you can go down the list to view the various styles installed. (see the “preview” screen shot attached).    This won’t tell you how many authors will be kept though.  For that - it is relatively easy to edit - click on the “edit” button - and modify the bibliography section to your requirements (4 or more screen shot) and then save AS to a new name.  I was going to start to modify the journal template in one of these for you (see templates screenshot), but noticed you never listed YEAR and I am not sure how you want the punctuation to appear.

@erobijn wrote:


  1. (first 3) Author(s) (if more than 3 authors followed by: et al.); Title;Journal;Volume;Issue;Pages


  1. (first) 3 Author(s) (if more than 3 authors followed by: et al.); Title;Journal;Volume;Issue;Pages;abstract


Dear Leanne,

Thank you so much!

Year should be included, sorry I missed that. Punctuation as follows:

 1) Title.Journal abbreviated). Year and Month;Volume(Issue):Pages 2) Title.Journal abbreviated). Year and Month;Volume(Issue):Pages Abstract 

I tried to adjust an existing style with reference type: ‘Generic’ that had all the information I needed except for the name of the Journal and strangely in the ‘Generic’ Reference Type there is no option to add ‘Journal’. 

Our librarian supplies us with files that have reference type: ‘Web Page’ but this reference typs does not have the option to add ‘Journal’ either. Can you help please? Best wishes,Esther  

Can you identify the source of the instructions you need to follow? If you have a weblink, that would be most informative. Generic template is only applied to reference types that don’t have their own template.  – Generic is generic, so the fields have the generic names, not the reference type specific names.  There are so many options and variations – Journal abbreviations are managed via the Journal terms list feature of endnote.  (see http://endnote.com/kb/82228)

There is a whole hour tutorial on editing output styles.  A shorter one is here from the U of Michigan.  

You can attach your current style and I could try to adapt it to your needs.  If it has already been edited it will be located in the folder specified in Endnote’s preferences which on a PC windows machine is in the libraries/mydocuments/endnote/styles folder.  - when you reply to a message the option to include an attachment file is below the text entry window.  

Dear Leanne,

As usual, time is the issue, and going through the instructions seems such a daunting task but if all fails I guess that’s what I will have to do.

Thank you very much for your offer to adjust an excisting outputstyle.

I send you one that has most of the information I need except for the Journal, Volume, Issue and pages. The fields ‘Place Published’ and ‘Number’ I do not need.

With kind wishes,


Modified Copy of Show All Fields.ens (9.96 KB)

Just a hopefully helpful note – the Annotated style already is set to include the abstract. Therefore, this may be a good style to start from, and edit as needed.

What I generally recommend to people is to do the following 2 things:

  1. Check the website to see if the publication you are writing for is listed. Instructions to download and install styles are on the right-hand side of that page.

  2. If the specific style you need is not listed, check with the publisher themselves. Many times, they actually have their own version of the style that they distribute. If they do not, they can at least tell you if their style is based on any standard, like JAMA, Harvard, Chicago, APA, etc. You can use that base style and then edit it, which will result in having to make fewer modifications than if you picked some random style from the list.

I hope that helps a little!

Right Gillian, forgot about that one.  Much better starting style.  

Here are my attempts to get what you were looking for.  Probably isn’t perfect yet though.  (The abstract in annotated is in the “layout” which I wouldn’t have even tought about using!)

but I am still not sure about the punctuation.  It really does help to have the exact instructions and examples from the publisher rather than your interpretation, which is missing spaces.  Did you really want a close parenth after Journal.  What about books and book chapters etc.  

Also you have to follow the instructions in the knowledge base if you want consistent Journal Abbreviations used.  I did not edit that parameter in the attached output styles.  Journal abbreviations are managed via the Journal terms list feature of endnote.  (see http://endnote.com/kb/82228).

Annotated edited.ens (15.5 KB)
Annotated -no abstract.ens (15.3 KB)

Dear both,

Thanks very much for your input.

Leanne I looked at the files you sent me. And I’m sorry for being so vague, I certainly do not want to waste anyone’s time :frowning:

I guess further explanation is needed. I use 2 different formats for 2 different reasons:

  1. we develop evidence based guidelines so after a literature search has been conducted by our librarian, and in order for our experts to determine whether or not a paper is relevant and a closer look at the full text paper is needed, we supply them with a numbered reference list that includes the abstract (see example #1)

  2. the reference list without the abstracts is used as basis for the reference listing in our guidelines. The format (journal abbreviated) including punctuation is that of Pubmed except we do not use a full stop after the journal abbreviation (see example #2)

I hope this clarifies things.

To get the abbreviations in the “annotated (no abstract)” version the way you want it, you have to follow the knowledge base article (see http://endnote.com/kb/82228) for every library you have.

EDITED – at 10:17 CST  – I changed the Modified show all style after posting the first time, to sort alpha by author, and changed 2ndary title to “Journal”.  

Modified Copy of Show All Fields (2).ens (8.75 KB)
Annotated -2.ens (15.5 KB)
Modified Copy of Show All Fields (2).ens (8.8 KB)

Dear Leanne,

Thank you very much for your help. The Modified show all fields file is great, it now includes the abstract which is what I was struggling with. I also managed to make minor changes to another of my eisting files.

I wil have to look into the knowledge base articel to get the correct journal abbreviations.

Thanks very much.

Best wishes,