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EndNote for researchers: Convert to plain text

Convert to plain text

It is possible to remove the dynamic connection between a Word document and its EndNote library. As a result, a stand-alone Word document will be created that contains no EndNote formatting. 

This is recommended when submitting a journal article or thesis to a publisher or printer, as there will be no problems when their publishing software imports your Word file.

To convert a document to plain text:

  1. Save any desired changes to the original document.
  2. In Word, select the EndNote tab then click Convert Citations and Bibliography. In the pull-down menu select Convert to Plain Text. A warning message will appear. Click OK to proceed.
  3. The new unlinked document will open in a new window. Save this document with a new name.



After converting to plain text you will NOT be able to reformat the document using EndNote. Make sure you have a copy saved that will still link to the EndNote library.