|Subject: Re: Ambiguous Citations
Author: Leanne (Mentor)
Date: 01-03-2011 08:00 PM
Wow, I am not sure where to start and your messages included many questions, comments and some subsequent solutions. But here is my attempt. In most places you can view the full output style name, I guess you mean in the word drop-down menu it is "too short". But if you Browse, or use the style manager to only show those styles you wish to use (so they show up in the dropdown) and hide the others, it won't be a problem. The window and spacing can be enlarged. At least I couldn't find any other styles display box that you couldn't enlarge to show the whole of a long file name. There are two places styles are stored in endnote. -- so when you "save as" to a shorter name or the name appended with the default "copy", the edited files, or the newly downloaded files, etc, are all saved in your user folder, (folder location set in the preferences), which by default that is usually My Documents/Endnote/Styles, a folder that doesn't exist until you edit and/or "save as". The program installed files are in the C:programs folder/endnote/styles location which is write protected in the newer Windows operating systems, which forced Endnote to make the change. It is actually nice, so that when you update or upgrade endnote, you now still have access to your edited styles and don't need to remember to back them up first. Endnote DOES look in both these places in the styles manager or show all styles lists. Check what is in your Edit>preferences folder location for styles. It cannot be the program folder location, or you will end up in an infinite copy loop. As to your last question in the last response, about two locations for similar settings. Many style manuals require that you differentiate the two different authors with the same surname when they are used in citations, by including their initials. So that is why there is a place that specifies this specific situation in the Citation, Author Name preferences. The other - ambiguous citations are if you have the same first author who published two papers you are citing, in the same year. Those need to be disambiguated too, often by 2000a, 2000b or the addition of more authors in the citation, or if they ARE two different authors, you could just use their initials, but that is less common. I am not sure in this case, why in your example, the reference was also showing more than the first author. Anyway, I tested your style attached in the original post, and it correctly formatted several examples of refs I threw at it. Except for the fact that two first authors that were different having the initials included, I was never able to get multiple authors in the citations such as you experienced. - So I am not sure what was going on there. I understand you found the setting to avoid showing the initials for two different authors with the same last name. Anything I missed addressing?