When viewing a Pubmed citation, author names are listed in the format Surname Initial Initial. This means that when I am inputting a citation into EndNote I have to either type the names in manually or copy and paste then edit the order of the names into the Initial Initial Surname format that EndNote accepts.

E.g. the Pubmed author list:

Frayling TM, Timpson NJ, Weedon MN

Would need to be rearranged to

TM Frayling

NJ Timpson

MN Weedon

by hand in EndNote.

Is there a way that I can do this more efficiently? Perhaps by

  • Using a preference on PubMed to have authors displayed in the second way
  • Modifying a preference in EndNote to have it accept the first way
  • Using a more efficient way to record new items to the EndNote database
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    I do not understand the problem. Why would anyone enter reference from PubMed into EndNote by hand? You can connect EndNote to PubMed and download the reference, and the author list should be arrange as Surename, initials. Feb 27, 2014 at 13:28

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Just import the reference as Pubmed outputs it and then change the output style within Endnote to match your preferred format. If it's a standard format for a well known journal, you should be able to directly select that output style, otherwise, you can make a custom format using the formatting code for the style you want. There are several online guides out there that give details how to do that. Examples:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbq-naXl8r4 (see ~8mins in)

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