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Sync with EndNote Web

Sync EndNote Desktop application and EndNote Web. This will allow you to use your EndNote library from any computer, and will also create a backup library.

1. Open the EndNote Desktop application, and go to Preferences.

  • For Macs: Click EndNote X20 in the toolbar, then click "Preferences"
  • For Windows: Click "Edit", then click "Preferences"

2. Click "Enable Sync"

  • If you already have an EndNote Web account, enter your username and password, and click "Save".
  • If you do not already have an EndNote Web account, click "Sign Up" and register for an account.


EndNote Preferences screen with a red arrow pointing to the EndNote login screen

3. Ensure EndNote Desktop is syncing with EndNote Web.

  • In EndNote Desktop, click on sync icon sync icon (top left side of screen)
  • Sync Status (left toolbar) should have a green checkmark sync statusnext to it.
  • Go to EndNote Web, log in, and ensure that your reference have synced. 

Journal Term Lists

Journal Term Lists contain the approved full title and abbreviations used in the reference styles. Some databases import only the abbreviated journal name while your style may call for the full journal name. Setting up Journal Terms Lists ensures that the journal names in your references section are either the full name or the abbreviation, whichever your style requires.

1. Open the EndNote Desktop application.

2. Go to Tools -> Open Term Lists -> Journals Term List.

Journals Term List outlined in red

3. If the Journal Term List is empty, skip to step 5. If not, highlight all journal titles.

4. Next, press the "Delete Term" button to the right (there should then be 0 journals in the Journals List).

Multiple journals highlighted

5. Now go to the "Lists" tab at the top, and click on the "Import List" button.

Journals option highlighted with the import list option outlined in red

6. Browse to the Term Lists folder within the EndNote folder, and choose both the BioScience and Medical term lists.

  • Mac: The lists are in Applications -> EndNote ->Terms -> Medical.txt (and BioScience.txt)
  • Windows/PC: The lists are in Program Files ->EndNote -> Terms -> Medical.txt (and BioScience.txt).

7. Close this box. This will import the correct abbreviations and full journal names for over 8,000 journals.

** If you discover that the style has not been updated (e.g., the reference uses an abbreviation instead of a full title), then you can edit the output style by going to Edit -> Output Styles -> Open Style Manager (see EndNote FAQ).

Output Styles

Output Style refers to the template used by EndNote to format in-text citations and reference lists in a particular style. Output style controls which part of your reference is capitalized, italicized, and the order in which your references appear. Disciplines generally use a particular citation style when writing (medicine- AMA; nursing-APA, etc.) and particular journals also have specific guidelines for how authors should reference articles.

1. Go to 

2. Click "Download all styles"

  • Mac OS:
    • In EndNote, go to EndNote X9 tab and choose “Customizer”
    • Place a check next to all of the “Output Styles” you’d like.
    • Click “Next” twice and “Done” to close the window.
  • Windows:
    • Go to “Control Panel” and choose “Add or Remove Programs” in Windows XP or “Programs and Features” in Windows Vista/7.  Select EndNote and choose “Change”.  Select the “Modify Option” and choose “Next”.
    • Place a check next to “Additional Styles” and choose “Will be installed on local hard drive.”  Click the plus sign to select only specific styles.  Click “Next”.