How can I transfer records from Mendeley Desktop to EndNote

Database Conversion:

If you have converted your records from a third party application (e.g. Mendeley, Zotero) not correctly to EndNote [e.g., author names are replaced by a semicolon (;) ], then you may encounter the following message when trying to insert citations with EndNote Cite While You Write (CWYW): EndNote Error. This means that EndNote can not locate the correct record in your EndNote Library.


In Mendeley:

  1. Select the records you wish to export. You can tick 'the Select all' checkbox to select all records if you want your entire database.
  2. Click on the 'Export' button at the bottom of the page
  3. Select the export type option to 'RIS - Research Information Systems (*.ris)'

You will end up with a file titled 'export.ris'

In EndNote:

  1. Click the File menu > New to create a new library.
  2. Click on the File menu > Import File.
  3. Click Choose and browse to the 'export.ris' file you downloaded and click Open.
  4. Change the Import option to Reference Manager (RIS).
  5. Click Import.

This will import your Mendeley records and any PDF attachments from your Mendeley collection into this new EndNote library.


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