Why EndNote sometimes shows both first initial and family name in the in-text citation for some authors, e.g., (E. Chan, 2010) and (E.C. Chan, 2010), instead of showing the last name only (Chan, 2010)?


To avoid ambiguity in author name, many citation styles (e.g., APA) require to include the authors’ first initial with their family name in the in-text citations if authors with the same family name are cited in the same article.

If these authors are actually the same author, please make sure you input their names consistently so that no initials will be displayed in the in-text citations.

To learn more about the naming rules of authors, please refer to the Referencing Guide prepared by ELC below:


For more details, please refer to our online guide for EndNote.

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