in-text citation anomalie with apa 6

I am using ENx4.  For some reason, two in-text citations are displayed oddly in the manuscript. 

In one case it is listing the lead author’s first 2 initials and last name (when it should just be last name et al.,).  In the second case, the authors full first name, middle initial, and last name are being displayed.  These two papers are by the same first author but do not share co-authors.  For the rest of the like 45 references, in-text display is correct and reference list is fine. 

What gives?  How can I get these 2 in-text citations back in line? 

Thanks for any suggestions,


The “Author Name” option for  “Use initials only for primary authors with the same name” may not have been selected. To check, go to the toolbar, select EDIT, OUTPUT STYLES, EDIT APA 6th.  In the APA 6th output style dialog box (see attached image) locate “Citations” in the left column and click on Author Name.  Then on the right side, click to select: Use initials only for primary authors with the same name.

Close the APA 6th style which will be saved as “Copy” (i.e., APA 6th Copy) so you’ll need to adjust your EndNote and MS Word settings to use the “APA 6th Copy”.


This isn’t a style problem, it is a record problem.  Endnote thinks your two papers are authored by different first authors - that is different people.  You just need to copy paste that author from one of the records replacing that author in the other, at it will all format just as you want it to. 

This makes very litttle sense. Can you explain in better details? Thank you.

maybe it is explained better in this much more recent response.