09-17-2017 01:23 PM
THIS IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE. Here is the scenario. We import a pdf and it doesn't get recognized with metadata. Then we search the article in the web bar for pubmed and get the reference. Now we have two references in our catalogue. We need to be able to highlight the incomplete ref that has the pdf, highlight the complete ref without the pdf, and click on a nonexsitent button called "Merge" that drops the pdf into the completed reference, and deletes the pdf-containing incomplete reference from our library. This is the one major missing feature in the software IMO.
11-13-2017 08:53 AM - edited 11-13-2017 09:18 AM
Here's how I do it. (The hard way?)
1. There is an option to "Find Duplicates" under the References Tab, about halfway down.
However, unless there are enough fields filled in, the program doesn't recognize that they are the same.
2. You need to fill in several fields so that the references are similar enough for Endnote to react.
3. Once you have filled in several fields, the program asks which reference you want to keep. Essentially throwing out any fields that you haven't copied over.
Note: I usually begin by selecting two similar files that I DON'T want, getting rid of one, then reselecting another two, etc. leaving the good one (the one with the PDF, in my case) for last...
Please, Clarivate, get your programmers to fix this issue.
Here is my idea on how to perhaps do this easily:
Keep the Find Duplicates option; it can become the merge function.
Synthesize a merging action within this function, so that when we have at least ( 3? 4?) a certain number of fields filled in that are similar,
1. It recognizes duplicates
2. It gives us the option of keeping the one we want, and merging in the information from the one that we have not kept.
In addition, this option should see whether or not we have more than two similar files.
Currently, Endnote only recognizes two files at once, making it a bit more of a headache to sift through any extra files to see if they are necessary.
There are a variety of competetive software applications out there. It is just a matter of time that Mendeley, Zotero, or one of the other catches up.
Please update the software and make it even more worth our money. It is a good piece of software, but there are some issues that need to be fixed.
01-05-2018 09:29 AM - edited 01-05-2018 09:41 AM
I agree with franktietze. Find reference updates usually does not work despite access to PubMed and Web of Science. It has never worked for me even though I had Author, Year and Title saved in the reference. The only times it worked was when DOI or accession number was manually added to the the reference.
01-05-2018 09:34 AM
I would also like to have a function for merging duplicates. Deleting the one of the duplicates seems to introduce problems in the reference list for the documents where the that same reference (with a different record number) has been used.
10-31-2018 09:39 AM
5 years later, this feature is still missing and needed.
I understand that prioritization is difficult to set and that not everybody can be happy about the result, but maybe a poll among users could be set... 5 years later, this feature is still needed then maybe it could go up on the priority list.
11-13-2018 07:16 AM
YES! So that I can use the syncing feature among my various devices, I have gone to a single DB for all my references. But I have decades of single project bibliographies that I have incorporated into the Master DB. But they have different groups, different keywords, different labels, and I don't want to lose that information!
So a merge function is a MUST.
There is already the code to add material to a field. Surely that can be used so that if Author and Title are similar/identical, or Author Title and Date or select options, then the material from reference 2, 3, 4, in all fields except author/title select option is added at the end of reference 1.
It is now 5 years (at least) that this has been a much-requested feature, much more than lots of the glitzy web thingies. PLEASE do this soonest!
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