# Allow italic formatting in metadata

Species names must be italicized yet no character formatting is allowed when manually editing the metadata. This request is especially important for the Title and Keyword fields. When exporting the citation, the italic formatting should be maintained.

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Although it is possible at the moment (use < i >italics text< / i > without spaces) it is not very intuitive. Our developers are aware of this.

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• Dennis Eckmeier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

I tried the HTML tag solution but the changes do not appear in the bibliography in the Word document.

• Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

How is it possible that you are STILL managing to improve this?? Half a year has pass scince you said you were fixing this!!!

• Tuan Tran commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

The <i>text</i> does not work if there are 2 or more species names in the title. Too bad!

• Tobias commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

Even with these tags < i > and < / i >, it is only possible to set one continuous string to italics. As user Lotte remarked, there are many papers in life sciences (particularly ecology) with multiple species names in the title.
Not being able to have the title correctly formatted is very frustrating, as it means that I have to find another software which is able to do the job.

• anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

So many time has passed and this is not solved yet... It is not possible. I will leave mendeley and choose another software...

• Lotte commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

I can't believe this is not possible. Putting Latin names in italics is such a big issue that the function should have been a no-brainer.
Manually adding the HTML tags is maybe not thát bad, except that when I need more than one name in the title in italics, only the last one I add the tags to is in italics and the italics for the other names in the same title (I haven't tried to use it yet in other fields) dissappears! How even...?!
So then feeding three different species of algae to Daphnia will leave me with either just one name in italics, or none. I'd like to have all four in italics though. >:(

• Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

It is a real pain to have to use < i >italics text< / i > for every species name in every paper. Please FIX!!!!

• Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

I am also having problems with this. I works nicely enough for Word, but not for Bibtex/Latex. Please add a feature that places everything inside < i > and </ i > within textit{}. Thank you!

• Alex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

Yes, please fix this soon! Manually adding <i> is a huge pain for those of us in the life sciences with lots of papers with species names in the titles.

• Jar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

You should add the 160 votes for superscript/subscript to this vote total as it is the same issue.

• Philippe Grosjean commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

Yes, but it is not just a question of intuition: it is also not very well handled during exportation (e.g., LaTeX). And while you do that, please, also think at super/subscript the same way...

• Nikolaos - Evangelos Karantanis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

@Callum Anderson Unfortunately, for people in Life Sciences, with existing big collections this is not a viable option. We need built-in coding, like in EndNote so that we can migrate to Mendeley and/or do our work easily.

• Mdh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

Ah ms609 - this only works if you never edit the reference again. Kind of a major flaw I would say. Good to see that three years later this still has not been fixed.

• Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

One more note on this subject. Apparently the <i> and </i> approach only works if you never edit the citation again. I removed some tags manually from some entries and all of the italics disappeared from the title even though I didn't edit the title. This is repeatable and a big flaw. Beware.

• Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

So shortly after I wrote the comment below I devised a workaround. JabRef has a global search and replace. So the workaround is

1) use <i> and </i> in Mendeley.
2) create your bibtex lib from Mendeley but remove the sync
3) Open in JabRef and do a global search and replace for <i> with \emph{ and </i> with

I haven't found a global search and replace in Mendeley so the syncing between the two provides an opportunity to use the strengths of JabRef with Mendeley. For example, if your literature contains multiples of a species reference like (Zalophus californianus) you could do a global search and replace in JabRef on (Zalophus to <i>(Zalophus and replace ianus) with ianus)</i> to set up the references for all your species references for Mendeley. Then remove the sync and make the changes above to the bibtex version.

• Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

The <i> approach may work with Word but does not work with bibtex. If I use \emph{text} in the title it is changed in the synced bibtex file to $\backslash$emph\{text\} when I look at it in Jabref. I realize that is not a general solution but it would be nice if it worked for bibtex users like the <i> works for Word users.

• ms609 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

This has been implemented! To italicise a word in a title, type "<i>Italic word</i>". The HTML tags will disappear and the words will become italicized when you view the citation or included it in a document.

• ms609 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

As mentioned obliquely below, this feature IS implemented. Just type "<i>Species name</i>" when entering a title and when you save, the tags will disappear and the word will be italicized.

• Callum Anderson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

You can italicise the title by putting in html codes before and after the text in Mendeley <i> title </i>

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