27 April 2012 by Ricardo

One of the great built-in features in Mendeley is without a doubt the citation plugin for your word processor of choice. We currently support most of popular word processors such as MS word (Mac and Windows), OpenOffice, Neo Office, and Libre Office. We’re continuously working to improve the efficiency and general user interface of this plugin because we feel it is an important component within Mendeley Desktop and your overall research workflow.

That being said, I’d like to touch on a small aspect that many Mendeley citation plugin users are probably unaware of. If you add multiple citations at the same time, the appropriate citation style is used for such situations. For example, if you were citing 3 articles and they were the 3rd, 4th and 5th citations added, they’d probably be added as follows 3-5 (if using a numeric inline citation style format like “Nature Genetics”.). However, if you went in to the document and wanted to add another reference in that bundle, it would show up as 3-5 6. That is not good.
Quick solution? Delete the citations and add all four together. Which would mean remembering which reference they were, selecting all four and adding them in again.

Better solution? Merge the citations! Just select the 3-5 and 6 citation and then go to your citation plugin options in your word processor and select Merge citations. The end result should be 3-6. No need to go track down the references again. Just select, merge. Done.

Check out this quick 2 minute video showcasing our Word plugin:

Here are the previous eight entries in our How-to series:

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One Response to “How-to series: How to merge contiguous citations with word plugin [part 9 of 12]”

  1. Katharina Mertens Says:

    Dear Ricardo,

    Mendeley is awesome and I’d really like to utilize it for my research and my current paper-writing projects. Unfortunately the Word-Plugin is not offering an option to insert page numbers into the references. In Germany it is very common to use page numbers. PLEASE work on that issue, it can’t be that hard to implement the feature. I know loads of colleagues who would like to use the features Mendeley offers, but they have to stick to Zotero.

    All the best,
    Katharina