Add an option in the Mendeley Plugin for Word to correctly count the number of words in the document
At present, when you do a word count in Word, the fields in Word are not counted correctly, so if you highlight a citation the Word count may not accurately display the number of Words in that citation (it counts the field code, rather than the text the user sees). This is a problem with Microsoft Word, and Mendeley are not able to directly resolve this issue.
However, it may be possible to create a button in the plugin which counts the text in the Word document without the citations and possibly add the citation number. If you would like to vote for fixing the word count, please vote here as we would be able to resolve this issue with enough interest.
Word count is really important in most academic writing and if I can't check the word count of specfic sections this is a big hindrance
I've just discovered in a paper I'm writing that some of the inserted references are being counted as over 300 words each. This is independent of what style the references are in. The two examples in the current paper are "(Yang & Lim 2007)" - 326 words, and "(Bordass & Leaman 2005)" - 310 words.
This is a really serious error - I'm quite concerned that everything I handed in last year could have been significantly under the word limit.
Word count stops working for highlighted sections of text when there are citations in the passage that you are highlighting. I am using MS Word 2007 on Windows XP. It also doesn't work for the bibliography.It is frustrating given that word counts are often very important.
Gabriela Morales commented
Please fix it!!
oluwatobi ojo commented
please fix this urgently my deadline is approaching and im not even sure of my word counts *crying*
Megan Wood commented
Is there any word on if this issue is being resolved? It makes using the otherwise very useful plugin very frustrating.
khushi AR commented
I am so much addicted to mendeley for my work that i prefer using separate document to keep a check on my word count for paras and sections...initially i though only i am having this issue in my MS word setup... but a random google search was eye opener... to see others like me... dear admin.. please get some fix for this...
Stefanie Gissing commented
This makes the plug in so much more difficult to use and could be so easily fixed. Please please fix it!
Jackson Bates commented
I wasted a lot of time I don't have prior to a deadline trying to bring my word count down to an acceptable number before discovering the bug. At the very least if this is a known issue it should be made very clear to people when they add a reference that it will skew their numbers. I am in a panic now because I submitted 2 other assignments that I thought had the appropriate number of words, but now I suspect they will have been under the required word count. I imagine this would be a pretty high priority for everybody - please fix it.
John Read commented
Please can this issue be resolved. The plugin would be very useful.
Chris Heysel commented
This is a serious issue. This isn't a request for additional features, it's a simple request for Mendeley to address an issue that their plugin creates. It seems reasonable to assume this sort of request would take precedence over some of the other additional features being requested. Mendeley please, fix this!
ardavan bidgoli commented
Same issue, with win 7, word 2013 and Mendeley 1.12.4 . They should do something for that. really annoying.
Dian Kartika Rahajeng commented
it is close to the 2015 already and the problem is still exists! totally annoying! Please fix this soon.
Orr Spiegel commented
A simple solution to this problem (Mendely desktop + windows 7 + MS word 2010) is to ignore the number that appears in the words count ruler in the lower left corner of MS word. if you click it, the popup window (where words, characters and paragraphs count are specified) gives the correct count. For instance in this paragraph (i made a screen captiure but i cannot post it here) that has few mendeley references the lower bar says 1132 words, but the popup window report correctly -151 words.
hope it helps
Shinta Nishino commented
It seems to happen when something is written in abstract section in Mendeley. When you delete the abstract word count becomes normal.
But there is an exception; a certain combination of references would make incorrect word count. This is something like this, " bra bra (Romano, 2012). According to Armington (2013) bra bra".
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Vincent Berardi commented
This problem is still not fixed. Very annoying to have to paste plain-text in a second document to get an accurate word count.
adrian byram commented
What makes this annoying is that it is inconsistent. With Mendeley 1.10.1 and Word 2013 it mostly reports an incorrect word count in the status bar if the selected text includes Mendeley citations. But occasionally, just to mess with your brain, it reports the correct word count.
I did confirm that using the word count under the Review tab does work correctly in all situations. A nuisance to have to it that way, but not the end of the world.
Niladri Gupta commented
A simple work around is to insert the citations but not the bibliography in the document initially. Then total word count is fine. it does not include the bibliography. Once you are satisfied with the word count then include the bibliography.
Jin Zhao commented
For me, it only happens when selecting a paragraph containing Mendeley citations, but it's fine when counting the whole document.
Marco Suadoni commented
A workaround would be to select the content of the whole document, "paste special" it as "unformatted text" in a new empty document and use word count there.
Yasha Sharma commented
We really need this. Is anyone working on it?
Anthony Burgess commented
I completely agree. I didn't even notice until my supervisor pointed it out when he highlighted a small paragraph bit and it came up as 800 words! I've got a dissertation that apparently is 28,000 words long, but I can't trust the word count for just this reason. A simple plug-in that could ignore fields would go a long long way to remedying this.