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EndNote 21

EndNote is the choice for scientific writing and reference management

EndNote will take care of the tedious task of creating bibliographies for your scientific papers. Leave the tedious work of formatting citations and bibliographies, searching for and entering references, and finding full-text articles to EndNote.

  • Insert citations and generate bibliographies in your chosen style while you write.
  • Search online libraries and import references and full-text articles in seconds.
  • Share references and collaborate with your colleagues.
  • Import, index, annotate and manage all your PDF articles.


What is EndNote?

How to use EndNote 20 in seven minutes: Windows

The choice for scientific writing and reference management

There is probably no more tedious task than creating bibliographies for your scientific papers. Not to mention the fact that different journals require different reference styles. Leave behind the tedious work of formatting bibliographies, searching for references, and finding full-text articles. EndNote has been the researchers´ choice for managing references and formatting bibliographies for over 25 years.

EndNote for Windows and Mac integrates the following tasks into one program:

  • Insert citations from your library into your documents and automatically build a bibliography in over 7000 styles in Mircosoft Word.
  • Search online libraries and databases directly from EndNote and import references and full-text articles in seconds.
  • Organise, update and share your references with your colleagues, and add personal annotations and notes to your references and full-text PDF articles.
  • EndNote can be used on Windows and Mac computers, iPad, and online via your web browser.

More than just a Reference Manager

EndNote moves you through the research process as you search, organize, write, publish and share. Leave behind the tedious work of bibliographies and reference management and take your research to the next level with the new EndNote!

Find, use and share your research

The Library sharing feature makes it easy to work on the same library, at the same time, with up to 1000 collaborators.

Find It

Search your favourite databases right within EndNote. Tap into hundreds of online databases and instantly harvest what you find.

Collect full-text PDFs in one click

EndNote automatically downloads and attaches free, online full-text PDFs to your saved references.

Store it

Organize your references. Reference groups keep things manageable and reveal overlaps or intersections in your research.

Work with PDFs

Organize, rename, annotate, search and open your PDFs directly within EndNote.

Sync desktop and online libraries

Access all your research from anywhere, including your comments and annotations.

Create bibliographies

Build and format bibliographies. Create bibliographies and citations right within Microsoft® Word using Cite While You Write. Take your pick of 5,000+ formats – including popular styles such as APA, MLA, ALA, Harvard and Chicago style.

Write, polish and publish

Use EndNote tools to deliver a perfectly formatted paper, manuscript, CV, grant application or other research-rich documents.

Share it

Share your research! Invite colleagues and team members into your library – including notes and annotations. With unlimited storage, you can share as much as you want with up to 1000 users.

Shared Libraries

Connect with ideas, thinkers and practical tips that can take your work to a new level. Collaborate privately with your team or openly with a broader research community.

Which EndNote is right for you?

Desktop application for Windows and Mac

The most powerful research tool for reference management on the market. All the capabilities you need on your desktop and online.


The perfect sidekick to EndNote desktop and online. Now your EndNote reference library weighs less than 2 pounds.


Completely free, online-only access to our basic reference manager – perfect for writing that first research paper.


New features in EndNote 21

EndNote 21 and EndNote Web have new features that make managing and formatting your citations faster and easier than ever. The new tagging feature helps you stay organized and improve your productivity. The new data restoration functions protect your work and your sleep. And the new integrated document creation tools for Google Docs improve your online writing workflow.

Protect your work

Take a deep breath. If the unthinkable happens, EndNote 21 can recover your library from the cloud and get you back where you belong.

In EndNote 21, you can restore your library and library structure with our new data restoration function, ensuring your research is not lost. With single reference restoration, you can also compare and restore previous versions of individual references.

I love it! Like my own IT-admin, always having my back. I hate the feeling of being lost in these computers and all the files. Now I can always save myself :-)

Stay organized with tags

Tags are customizable labels that let you organize your references however you’d like. You can add tags to references and customize the colour and name of the tags.

You can add multiple tags to a reference and anyone who you share your library with can view a tag, making tags a great way to quickly and intuitively organize your references.

Perfect! This will definitely make our shared library so much better and more efficient to use. Great value!

Cite While You Write in Google Docs

Our Cite While You Write (CWYW) tool, makes it easy to insert your EndNote references in a Microsoft Word or Apple Pages document. CWYW automatically creates in-text citations and reference lists and easily changes the format of your in-text citations and reference lists.

With EndNote 21 we are expanding CWYW to be compatible with Google Docs, making it easier to write your next paper and to collaborate on documents with colleagues.

A new exclusive EndNote Web interface

With EndNote you can access your research anytime, anywhere from the cloud. Move seamlessly between online and desktop and iPad applications.

Say hello to the brand new EndNote Web, available only to EndNote 21 customers for three years from the activation date. Securely sync your entire library including PDFs, notes, and annotations across all your devices.

New features in EndNote 20

EndNote 20 offers all the power and flexibility you love about EndNote, with a new modern look and feel inspired by your feedback.

EndNote - Write faster Save time

Save time with EndNote

Research more efficiently with tools that find PDFs for you throughout your search process and automatically write your bibliography, so that you can focus on what matters most: your ideas.

EndNote - Get organised

Stay organized

Conduct large-scale projects with a reliable system that stores unlimited references and provides powerful tools to help you organize and manage them easily and quickly.

EndNote - Collaborate

Collaborate easily

Work more smoothly with your team members– whether they’re based around the world, or just across town– with flexible solutions for sharing and commenting that help everyone stay on the same page.

EndNote - Get published

Get published

Easily manage the process of getting your manuscript published using tools that match your paper with relevant, reputable journals, and can instantly reformat your paper in over 7,000 bibliographic styles.


  • New interface design
  • Improved PDF reading
  • New workflow enhancements
  • New options for detecting duplicates

System requirements

System requirements for EndNote

Windows compatibility and system requirements

  • Windows 10 and 11
  • 1 GHz or faster x86 or x64 processor.
  • 600 MB hard disk space available.
  • 2 GB RAM.
  • To use MSI installation, you need the latest Windows Updates installer.

Word processor software

  • Microsoft Word [Cite While You Write] for Windows: 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021 and Office 365 (locally installed desktop version only).
  • Apache OpenOffice [Cite While You Write] for Windows: 3.x and 4.x
  • LibreOffice 7.5.3 [CWYW] for Windows: 4.x, 5.x, 6.x (32-bit)
  • Partner integration for Cite While You Write: Wolfram Mathematica 8
  • Format Paper: Word processors that save .rtf files: WordPad for supported Windows versions.

Macintosh compatibility and system requirements

  • macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11, 12, 13
  • Intel-based or Apple Silicon-based Macintosh
  • Hard disk with 700 MB available
  • Minimum 2 GB of available RAM

Word processor software

  • Microsoft Word [Cite While You Write] for macOS: 2016, 2019, 2021 and Office 365 (locally installed desktop version only)
  • Partner integration for Cite While You Write: Apple® Pages
  • Partner integration for Cite While You Write: Wolfram Mathematica 8
  • Format Paper: Word processors that save .rtf files: Apple iWork Pages – versions 1, 2.x, 3.x, 4.x, TextEdit – for supported macOS versions, Apache OpenOffice – versions 1, 2.x, 3.x, Nissus Writer – for supported macOS version, Mellel – versions 1, 2.x
  • Format Paper: Word processors that save .odt files: Apache OpenOffice versions 1, 2.x, 3.x

An Internet connection is required to register for online access, search online databases, find full text and automatically update references.

EndNote Web/Online compatibility and requirements

Browser support for Web Applications*

  • Firefox® 27 or later
  • Safari® 5.0 or later
  • Chrome® 31 or later

*Applies to both Macintosh and Windows browser versions.
**Cookies and JavaScript must be enabled for the Web Capture add-on.

Network compatibility and system requirements

Installation and deployment

EndNote libraries can be accessed on a network – including networks with Macintosh and Windows workstations. Multiple users on a network can access an EndNote library simultaneously in read-only mode. This allows users to search for references, cite them in their papers and create bibliographies. EndNote does not allow multiple users on a network to edit a single library at the same time.

On Windows networks, EndNote can be deployed with MSI installer technology using scripting or via Group Policy. If you have technical questions regarding the use of EndNote on a network, contact Support.

EndNote Cross-Platform Compatibility

EndNote libraries are cross-platform compatible. Following the EndNote end-user license agreement, this means:

  • Individuals who purchase a single-user license can install EndNote on up to three computers for personal use.
  • Sharing a license with other users is not allowed under the individual license agreement.
  • Those computers can be any combination of Mac and Windows machines.
  • By creating or logging into an EndNote online account (under preferences > Sync), that individual can sync their library across all three computers, as well as access it through EndNote online and the iPad app.


EndNote License Options

  • Single-user licenses
  • Multi-user licenses
  • Student licenses
  • Site licenses

All license options can be installed both on the office and home computers for the license owner/end-user.

Please contact us for help choosing the best licensing option for your organization!


EndNote Support

Alfasoft provides free technical support to all our customers.

When contacting our support team, please describe your problem in as much detail as possible. Remember to include your serial/licence number, product version and operating system.