2013 Bibliographic Software VIP briefings draw biggest turnout yet

EndNote site licence champions and trainers turned out in force at our VIP briefings last week to gain a sneak peak at EndNote X7.4, to grill Thomson Reuter’s Senior Director of Product Innovation, Jason Rollins, and take an active role in the software’s development. In fact, the London meeting saw our biggest crowd to date, with over 30 customers eager to air any issues and offer their product suggestions.

It’s great to see that so many of our site licence contacts are keen to take part, particular because these briefings play such an important role in directing the way EndNote develops and ensuring it meets users’ needs; it was feedback from last year’s event that prompted Thomson Reuters to bring forward EndNote X7.4′s release date to better fit in with the academic calendar.

Attendees got to see what the developers have planned for EndNote in 2013 with a view to advancing the tool to stay ahead in today’s more competitive market place. Thomson Reuters realise that increasingly, our EndNote champions are struggling to justify the cost of an EndNote licence when there are so many free alternatives available. In response, Thomson Reuters has just released FREE EndNote Basic – an enhanced and re-branded version of EndNote Web. EndNote Basic provides the perfect starting point for undergraduates looking for a free web-based reference management solution. Then, as their research grows in the course of their studies and their referencing needs become more demanding, they can progress to EndNote on the desktop and enhanced online functionality.  EndNote Basic lets you store up to 50,000 references and 2GB worth of attachments online, search 5 of the most popular database providers and output in 21 of the most popular bibliographic styles.

Why choose EndNote Basic over other free bibliographic tools? Because it forms the first step to using and becoming familiar with one of the most comprehensive reference managing solutions around; a package which is still regarded by many as the industry standard. Any EndNote-experienced students and researchers could be off to a flying start with employers! What’s more, many free referencing tools don’t offer an upgrade route should the reference collection outgrow limited online storage provision. With EndNote Basic, users can quickly and easily move up to the full-featured desktop edition and transfer their entire research at the click of the ‘Sync’ button.

As far as EndNote X7.4 goes, we can’t reveal too much until it’s officially launched, but we can tell you that search facilities have been improved and Thomson are still expanding PDF management tools. What’s more, new reference types available with the latest release also reflect the growing importance of social media. Stay tuned to our blog for more detailed information about new features.

These meetings are a annual occurrence so if you missed out on this year’s events, why not register for the EndNote JISCmail discussion list to make sure you’re first in line for the 2014 VIP briefings?

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