4

I am currently working on my PhD thesis (evolutionary computational biology). Naturally, I have lots of citations, and I use Mendeley's automatic web importer, reference manager, and Word plugin to automate citations. However, when I went over them I found that about 50% have some kind of problem that needs to be fixed manually. Examples of common issues include wrong journal name (e.g. "Nature 2020" instead of "Nature") and missing DOIs.

I understand that automatic citations are not perfect, but I think 50% is way too messy. So my question is: am I doing this all wrong? Maybe there are tools for automatically checking/fixing citations generated by Mendeley? It'd be great if you share your experience and working methods.

1
  • 2
    About 6 years ago, I read Mendeley's terms of service and decided they were far too invasive and didn't sign up. Others may take a different view, but at least make sure you've read them before you proceed. Commented May 2 at 10:30

1 Answer 1

3

Any program I've used requires automatic formatting, so I don't think you're doing it wrong. Personally, I use Zotero now (free and open source) or .bib files when I'm writing with Quarto, LaTeX, or R Markdown (I've got script to pull citation details from the Digitial Object Identifiers (DOIs) and many citations pulled from DOI require hand editing).

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .