I have recently started using Mendeley Desktop with Microsoft Word. I am using the Author-Date style of citation and have encountered some difficulties. I'm hoping someone has a solution. Here are the problems I've encountered:
- Sometimes the citation in the text includes the authors initials, while other times it does not, e.g. (L. C. Young 1987) vs (Young 1987). When I look at the citations inside Mendeley. I can't see any difference between the way they are stored. Could there be tabs or other not displayed characters?
- If you want to use the authors name in the sentence containing the citation you might write:
"Smith, et al. were first to discover ...."
Inserting a citation after the name comes out:
"Smith, et al. (Smith, Jones, and Gonzales 1918) were first to discover ...."
Whereas, it should be:
"Smith, et al. (1918) were first to discover ...."
Is there a way to get the correct behavior without manually modifying every citation like this, which then can no longer be updated automatically?
- Normally, when there is two authors both names are used in the citation, while "(first author, et al. date)" is used for more than two authors. I don't get et al. until there are four or more authors. Maybe this has been standardized, but that is the way I've always done it. Is there a way to correct this behavior without getting into complicated editing of the style?
- When I download citations, sometimes the authors initials are not followed by periods. Is there some way to add the periods without editing each entry manually?
If anyone has a solution to these problems, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Perhaps I've chosen the wrong citation manager. I am trying to avoid manual edits, since I might want to convert the document to a different citation style.