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Fastest academic referencing softare for inserting and editing citations? (for Windows)

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Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM


Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
Dr Andus wrote:
>I wonder whether some setting
>in your security software may be responsible for some of the processing

Alexander, thanks for the suggestion. This prompted me to run some tests with a process monitor, which didn’t show anything intervening. Eventually I came to the conclusion that the slowdown is due to EndNote itself: if I start with a blank Word doc, it’s fast, but it gradually slows down once there are hundreds of citations in a long text in Word because every time a new citation is inserted, it seems to run a check on every single citation that is already in the doc.

It seems to me that the solution is not to use EndNote for the insertion itself. Instead, it’s possible just to paste in and format the raw EndNote field codes in a text editor (e.g. WriteMonkey) manually, and then run it through Word + EndNote once the document is finished. A bit like writing in Markdown or LaTex and then only wordprocessing at the end.

If anyone else wants to give it a try, there are some instructions on the Scrivener forum: