Usefulness of EndNote Software for Writing Scientific Manuscripts: A Comparative Study
Referring from the text to the sources used and creating a bibliographic description (a reference) of each source used in an accurate and consistent way, are a fundamental part of scientific publications. This study was conducted to compare writing references and citation for scientific manuscript manually and by using EndNote software. Using a common referencing style formats (Vancouver and Harvard) we compared the time lapse and consumed that required for insertion of 20 references in a predesigned manuscript manually versus using EndNote software. In addition, the format of references was changed in different manners to find out the time required for making these changes. Time required for changing the order of citation, deletion and adding of one reference manually and by using EndNote software was calculated. The obtained data were managed statistically. Time spent for inserting one reference or all references in both formats Vancouver and Harvard manually and using EndNote software showed significant difference (P<0.05). Accurate reference style when using manual referencing Harvard versus Vancouver, it was 65% and 55% respectively, whereas it was 100% in both styles when using EndNote software (p<0.05). In conclusion; Citation using Endnote referencing software for writing manuscript significantly reduces time and improves the quality of the manuscript.
Academic Manuscripts, References, Citations, Manual Citation, EndNote Software, Plagiarism
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