include page numbers in the citation
am i missing something? why doesn't the citation display the page numbers?
There are several different issues being mentioned in this thread. For MD 1.6 we added the ability to make per-citation customizations in Word/LibreOffice documents – including setting page numbers and other kinds of ‘locator’ within a larger work. Click on a citation in the citation editor window to set options for a citation. If your votes were for a different issue that is not yet addressed, please create a new issue or vote for an existing one.
I decided to try out Mendeley as Zotero does not support the latest OpenOffice software. Without page numbers inserted, or Author's Name surpressed functions, I think I'll go back to Zotero and an earlier OpenOffice
I've been using Mendeley for a while now, but just started seriously typing my masters thesis, and found myself switching back to zotero to get this.
This is a critical feature.
Reference page in the in-text citation urgent!
e.g. (Author1 2010, p.3; Author2 2009, p.11)
For me it is a deal breaker!
Matthias K commented
I have the same problem.
Mac OSX, Word 2008. APA-Style
Keeps crashing, cryptic error messages, and no function to edit page numbers.
Fixing this is an absolute must in order to make Mendeley a serious application for scientific research.
Thank you for your reply. I am using the Harvard reference format.
I see 2 issues with page numbers:
1.) manually inserting page numbers in citations without the citation manager failing to update or loosing page numbers when switching between citation styles. This would be the most basic feature, namely the ability to manually compensate a crucial feature of what a reference manager should be capable of but which Mendeley does not offer.
2.) More complex, but what should really be possible in order to Mendeley to actually become a reference manager beyond a pdf library and social media tool: Klicking in 'insert citation' in e.g. MS Word, being directed to Mendeley desktop, selecting the relevant document, selecting the text you want to quote within that document, pressing enter and Mendeley adding the citation itself, plus the source including page number into MS Word (or another text editor). This would be the quality way forward.
Please excuse if my previous comment sounded a bit rude. I really like Mendeley a lot, very much appreciate your work and wish Mendeley a lot of success - I want it to become even better and to flourish. This is why I am concerned about the lack of page numbers in the citation.
Often (more so in the social sciences maybe) science is mostly a lonely endeavour. Kudos to Mendeley's efforts to create a social network and to be all hip and web 2.0. However, these things should only be considered an add-on if the basis work well. Basis mean that Mendeley can be a full substitute for existing reference management softwares and meaningfully assist the lonely academic in is chamber. Only then it can become credible in academic circles, the audience to which it caters.
I see that Mendeley offers an iPhone app but no page numbers in the citation. These seem strange priorities and I fear it may be counterproductive if you guys really want academics to rely on it. In contrast to a hip web-programmer worldview: Basics first, goodies later! Even if that would have meant not getting the Guardian prize. Submitting to, and catering to the hype of the media world in favour of core functionality will not do the product good, imho.
Best regards, Daniel
Yeah - echo all the sentiments here. @Robert.Knight - any response on this inclusion of page numbers - I would have thought this is a basic especially as Mendeley does so many other awesome things?
So is there the possibility to add page numbers to citations without editing each citation and without losing the posibility to change to a different citation style later (without manually undoing all the edits etc.).
If yes, how? With which citation style?
This is a basic feature that has to be implemented, right?
David Jarman commented
I'm slowly getting into Mendeley and want to use it, but difficulties with page numbers in citations could see me adopt an alternative for now. I'm using Harvard Reference format 3 for now and receive the same message as below that if I add page number(s) to a citation I won't be able to synchronise it any more if I click OK.
Rather weirdly, clicking either OK or Cancel seems to remove the page number and revert the citation back to its original form.
Are there particular citation styles that allow page numbers, particularly from the Harvard collection? Your questions below seem to indicate that this is a style-based problem. (I'm using the Mendeley plug-in for Word on a Mac - although would rather be using Pages if truth be told!)
I have added a APA citation, but now its not allow me at all to add the page number, not evening highlighting it for me to click on the arrow to select edit citation. Does any one know what could be the problem?
I am using MLA and I have to be able to put the page numbers into the document when I reference it. I am using Mendeley desktop in conjunction with Ubuntu 10.04 and OpenOffice.
Robert Knight commented
Which citation style are you using?
If Mendeley aims to be more than a lite version of a social network with the ability to store pdf documents in a cloud, this feature is a must!
It is fundamental for academic work (who quotes without page number?) and inhibits adaptation of Mendeley. Despite all the hype, serious academics have no choice but to revert to great software like Citavi, which naturally does this. I forecast a mass-exodus from Mendeley if this is not resolved.
This needs to be sorted asap before any of the fancy stuff like iPhone or iPod apps. I love Mendeley, but you are shooting yourself in the foot by setting wrong priorities.
Please, fix this!
I have the same problem: still having to add page numbers manually, with Mendeley occasionally crashing. Also, the bibliography seems to refuse updating itself once you‘ve edited citations manually. As long as these problems aren‘t solved, Mendeley‘s no help at all.
Robert Knight commented
Which citation style are you using?
So I still have to fix every citation manually to include a page number?
I think I'll have to go back to Zotero..
If you're still having problem with edits (which I still do) the kinda-workaround I found that seems to work is to hit "refresh" right after making a change -- every time I make a change. This seems to prevent crashing later on. (Working on OpenOffice, under Win7).
Michael Mosel commented
You're kidding me, don't you?
A citation software without support for page numbers is just... well... unusable and without any sense. This feature is an absolute must.
I still have a problem with edits - after I edit and then try to add a new citation, I get a dialog asking if I want to keep the edits, and when I say yes, the script just fails, and the new citation doesn't get added. I'm using OpenOffice.
It seems that the problem of citation edits being lost has been resolved, but it would still be good to have the zotero-like ability to include the exact page number, section, or whatever when the citation is inserted.
Is there a reference for how to format the field code to include a page number? I'd be happy to do this manually, but I can't seem to find any reference.
I'd like to move our entire institution to Mendeley, but without page numbers it just won't happen.