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The latest version has been integrated with the Retraction Watch database. This integration means users will be alerted if any of the publications in their library are retracted!
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In EndNote version 20.2, retracted papers are flagged and shown in a retraction group. If you click on a reference in the retraction group, you'll see a warning at the top of the reference with details on the retraction and links to additional information.
In your existing libraries
As of EndNote 20.2, the system checks your references against more than 30 000 listed retractions in the Retraction Watch database, all while you keep on working.
In Word Cite While You Write
As of EndNote 20.3, the system will even flag citations you are trying to insert in Word to ensure you never use references that have been retracted.
Also, if the document contains one or more retracted references, a special button will show in the EndNote toolbar on the Word ribbon. This button will persist even after the retraction dialogues have been dismissed, so you can always find the retracted citations easily.
In your existing old Word documents
In addition, if you open an existing paper with retracted references that were cited previously, it will be flagged during the next format process. This one-time warning will help make sure you’re aware of any previously cited references that were retracted, so you can decide whether to remove or edit them.
What you must do...
For EndNote to automatically check your references for any retractions, you need to:
- Create an EndNoteOnline account (if you don´t have one)
- Add your EndNoteOnline login details in your EndNote
And that's it!
EndNote now automagically checks your references for retractions, in any library you open.
EndNote checks retractions when a library is opened or a reference is added or edited.
Tips and details for the retraction watch function
- How to create an EndNoteOnline account is explained in this article about creating an online account.
- How to stop EndNote from automatically syncing when you add your login details is shown in this article about stopping automatic sync.
- How to get the DOI and Pubmed-ID?
The retraction alert function uses the DOI and Pubmed-ID to look for retractions. If you don't have these numbers for most of your references, you can likely get them by using Endnote's built-in reference update function. Just highlight the references you like to update and then go to References>Find Reference Updates
Read more about the DOI and Pubmed in this article about different ID numbers.
If you find a lot of updates, you can always tell EndNote to update just the empty fields in the references automatically.
- If you want to understand the reason for a retraction better, we suggest this article outlining the reasons for the retraction.