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EndNote at QMU: Troubleshooting

Line breaks in the reference list

We're not sure why, but for some reason EndNote does not by default leave a gap between references in the automatically generated reference list in MS Word. To add spacing so your reference list goes from this:

To this:

You can either go through the list and add these line breaks manually, or take the following steps: 

1. In Word, within the plugin, click on the small arrow icon that you will find along the bottom of the ribbon:

2. A pop-up box will appear. Click on its 'Layout' tab. You will then be presented with different options.

3. Select the 'single' option from the dropdown menu of the 'Space after:' option and then click on 'OK':

That should automatically create spaces between each reference. The same pop-up box allows you to change the font and style and line spacing of the list as well as having the option to give the list a title.

Adding acronyms to in-text citations

The Federation University has created a comprehensive guide on how to add acronyms to in-text citations when using Endnote's Word plug-in. 

Such as:


The link to the guidance can be found at: Acronyms in citations_federation _university

EndNote and Mendeley

The EndNote and Mendeley plugins in Word conflict with each other, so you might experience problems if you have both installed. The most common error message seen is 'Cannot edit range' when trying to insert a citation from EndNote into a Word document.

To stop this happening you have to disable the Mendeley plugin by following these steps:

  1. Open the File menu in Word.
  2. Select Options then Add-Ins.
  3. From the Manage list at the foot of the window select Word Add-ins and click Go.
  4. Unselect the Mendeley add-in.

You will need to do this every time you open a document in Word.