There are three main reasons why you might want to remove EndNote field codes from your Word document:
- If you are submitting your paper to an instructor. Many instructors do not want EndNote-formatted papers because the EndNote coding does not work well with Word's commenting feature.
- If EndNote is not properly formatting a citation, you can convert your document to plain text and safely correct the error directly in your Word document.
- If you are submitting your paper to a publisher for possible publication. Publishers do not want the version of your paper with EndNote field codes.
Note: You should not remove field codes from your Word document until you are at the very end of your writing process, including having all of your references in the correct order, because doing this removes the link between your Word document and your EndNote library. Always save your original document that is linked to EndNote for any future edits.