Wiley Promoting EndNote Over Other Citation Management Programs?
One of my colleagues was looking up the Instruction to Authors information for the American Journal of Hematology. Right below the heading Instructions To Authors is, Wiley's Journal Styles and EndNote.
Clicking on that link, you will see the page below:
The image is kind of small on my blog for space purposes, but if you click here you can see
a larger screen shot I saved on Flickr.
"Use EndNote software to simplify and streamline your research. EndNote's bibliographic management tools let you search and download from databases like Medline, and save you time by keeping your reference collection organized. Use EndNote to instantly output your bibliography in any Wiley journal style!"
Now to me that certainly sounds like Wiley endorsing one bibliographic management tool over another. It would be one thing if they said something like, "Use a bibliographic management tool such as EndNote, RefMan, or RefWorks to simplify and streamline your research..." But they don't.
Not only are they endorsing the product but they are displaying a woefully out of date version of EndNote.
I am all for an Instruction to Authors page having clear citation and reference instructions with links or mentioning the style used in various bibliographic management programs. After all our own professional journals often have confusing and various styles listed. They rarely mention bibliographic software at all, let alone allow you to down load the style for use. I just find it slightly hinky when a publisher promotes one product over others in order to submit an article.
Perhaps Wiley just wanted to clear up confusion and decided it was easier to link to one style for one program. But is seemingly endorsing specific product to be used by authors the way to do it?