Why am I not able to import a PDF article with a DOI?

March 11, 2014 – Yingting

Question: I understand that if a PDF article has a DOI number I should be able to import it into my EndNote library. However I have problems importing an article with this DOI # – “DOI: 10.1126/science.1243490”. Do you know why I am not able to?

Answer: Generally speaking, for an article in PDF embedded with a valid DOI, you should be able to import it into your EndNote library with complete bibliographic information. However, for PDF articles that are scanned or have no DOI or an incorrect DOI, you will not be able to get the bibliographic information for them. All you get will be just the PDF article attached to a blank record. How do you know if the DOI is correct or not? You have two ways to verify the DOI.

Option 1:

1)    In EndNote under the Tools menu, click “Online Search…”

2)    That will open “Choose a Connection” box. Highlight or search for “CrossRef” and then click the Choose button.

3)    That will allow you to search CrossRef in EndNote. Enter the DOI in the search box.

4)    If it matches a DOI in CrossRef, the bibliographic record that matches the DOI will be retrieved. You can then save it in your EndNote library. If it does not match, that means your DOI you is not correct.

NOTE: When you enter the DOI, use lower case “doi” and leave no space in the doi. For example, if you enter your above doi as “DOI: 10.1126/science.1243490” as shown in your question, you will not be able to find a matching one, because DOI is in upper case and there is a space after “:”. You should enter “doi:10.1126/science.1243490” and a matching record will be retrieved.

Option 2:

1)    Go to http://crossref.org.

2)    Enter the DOI in the box to search.

3)    If it matches a DOI in CrossRef, the citation with the matching DOI will be displayed in CrossRef. Otherwise, a list of possibly relevant citations will be displayed.

NOTE: Enter lower case “doi” and leave no space in the doi, e.g. doi:10.1126/science.1243490.

Hope this helps.


URL for Users to Authenticate in EndNote to Find Fulltext with RUL’s “Get it @ R”

Updated, December 12, 2016; December 10, 2015; Originally posted on November 26, 2013

NOTE: We were just informed that EBSCO’s openURL link resolver is, by design, not supported by the EndNote software, as requested by EBSCO. RU users, please use the other linkout services in EndNote X8 to find fulltext by following the steps below for now:

  • Go to “Edit > Preferences > Find Full Text”
  • Click to check in the boxes next to Web of Science Full Text Links, DOI (Digital Object Identifier), and PubMed Linkout (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  • Click Apply and OK.

Once these preferences are set, you should be able to find fulltext via these linkout services.

Once EBSCO’s link resolver is enabled to search for Fulltext in EndNote, it will be announced here as soon as possible. Should you have any question regarding the “Find Fulltext” feature, please do not hesitate to contact your campus librarians for help.


How to Find Fulltext in EndNote X4 Remotely?

May 23, 2011 — Yingting Zhang     

Please follow the steps below to enable the “Find Fulltext” feature in EndNote X4 for retrieving full text articles outside the UMDNJ network:

  • Download EndNote X4.0.2 from http://www.umdnj.edu/librweb/access/EndNote.html  and install it in a computer outside the UMDNJ network.
  • From the Edit menu of EndNote program, select Preferences.
  • Go to Find Full Text located in about the center of Preferences list on the left.
  • In the OpenURL path, enter http://sfx.umdnj.edu/sfxlcl3 . Below that enter the Authentication  URL  http://libproxy2.umdnj.edu/login?url=http://libraries.umdnj.edu/access/restricted/EndNoteAuthentication.html
  • From the References menu, select Find Full Text –> Authenticate … This method allows you to try connecting without starting a Find Full Text search. You should be directed to our UL’s login web page. Log in as indicated on the web page. You are now authenticated for this session of EndNote or until our proxy server times out the connection. Then you still need to specifically select the references. Then under the References menu, click Find Full Text –> Find Full Text … command to begin searching for full text articles.

Ideally, all the articles from our subscribed ejournals will be retrieved. However, it is possible that not all the available articles will be found due to technical glitches. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me at 732-235-7604.

How to Enable SFX (OpenURL Link) in EndNote X2?

May 29, 2009 – Yingting  

SFX enables a link to be made from every record in your EndNote database to the UMDNJ’s University Libraries’ SFX server, which may provide a link to the electronic full text of a journal article when available and will show access to the online catalog if the journal is available in print.

To enable this option in EndNote X2, you need to do the following:

  • From the Edit menu choose Preferences and URLs & Links.
  • Make sure the box next to Enable OpenURL is checked.
  • In the OpenURL Path box, replace the default path with:
  • In the Arguments box, make sure the statement matches this one: SFX_Argument 
To enable SFX OpenURL Linking in EndNote X2
To enable SFX OpenURL Linking in EndNote X2

To use the Findit service in EndNote, you must have the desired record open and then go to the References menu to URL then choose OpenURL Link to bring up the Findit menu or to access the fulltext article directly.

To Find Fulltext for a Reference

October 18, 2008 – Yingting


EndNote X2 can automatically locate and download full text files if the library provides access to them. When you retrieve the full text file of a referenced work, it is saved to the File Attachments field as a relative link (the file itself it stored in the current library’s .DATA folder). The file is saved in its native format, which in most cases is a PDF file. When a full text file is downloaded and attached to a reference, a file attachment icon appears in the File Attachment field for the reference. In the Library window, a paper clip icon appears in the File Attachments column for that reference.


To find and retrieve full text:


1.   Open your library and select the reference(s) to which you want to add full text by highlighting them. (Note: try to select a small batch of references to download the full text each time so that it does not slow down the performance of other activities on your computer)

2.   From the References menu, select Find Full Text. You can use the right-click contextual menu to select Find Full Text if you have a reference open.

3.      EndNote begins searching for and downloading full text for the selected references.


During the searching and downloading process, the selected references appear in a temporary Full Text group. When the operation is completed, the Full Text group includes only those references to which EndNote added either a full text file attachment or a URL. When you close the library, the temporary Full Text group is removed.

Full text downloading happens in the background, which may affect the performance of other operations.


If EndNote finds a full text file for a reference, but discovers that the reference already has a file attachment with the same name, the new copy will also be attached to the reference, but with a number appended to the file name.

You can cancel the Find Full Text operation at any time by clicking Stop full text download in the status line at the bottom of the window. Full text that has been retrieved until that point is already saved in the library.