First of all, many thanks to all of you who commented on my last post. My mother-in-law isn’t out of the woods yet, but is taking baby steps in the right direction. We’re all gradually exhaling and trying to adjust to our “new normal”, which for me involves reclaiming at least some of my usual blogging and other online time, which I need if I’m going to retain my sanity!
And so, with no further ado, on with the usual grant deadline day software screenshots and rants!
EndNote, this time. (It’s not my fault; everyone uses EndNote at work, and so I have no other choice).
Now, when EndNote and Word both feel like playing nicely together, it’s not the world’s worst set-up. However, when hustling to consolidate all six latest versions of the proposal text in time for the 5pm deadline, playing nicely goes straight out the window and a full-on playground fight tends to break out.
I’ll spare you the details of EndNote crashing Word and thereby uninstalling its own macro (TWICE today), and of seemingly random recognition of some inserted references but not others, and focus instead on a bug in EndNote’s PubMed search feature.
Some of the PIs had peppered their versions of the grant with PMIDs to indicate which reference should go where, making my life extremely easy. However, others had inserted numbered references corresponding to a list from another document, which may or may not have been provided to me, and still others used references in the format “CA Dunn, Gene, 2005” (one of my own papers, not at all related to the grant, used merely as illustration, etc.).
Now, I could have searched each of these references in PubMed, grabbed the PMID, and used that to import the reference into EndNote. But I was rather hoping to be able to use the provided information directly, thereby skipping a step. But look what happened:
It took me a good three or four such failures to realise that the difference between “Dunn CA” and “Dunn, C.A.” was responsible for these failed searches.
Is it so hard to ignore all that (ridiculous and unnecessary) punctuation and just import the damn reference?
It might not seem like a big deal, but when you’re dealing with well over 100 references, the time required to reformat those author names really starts to add up.
So, in conclusion:
EndNote can bite me.
(I feel much more normal now, thank you very much!)