How can I migrate my Mendeley library to EndNote (with folders and full-text)

Answered By: Diarmuid Kennedy
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2021     Views: 177

In Mendeley:
Highlight the references in the folder you want to export.

Right click and select Export:

From the Export options select EndNote XML (by default Mendeley will name the file My Collection, but you can rename it to something more meaningful):

Save the file:

Mendeley will create a file and folder in Downloads – a XML file and a folder (.Data) containing the PDFs:

In EndNote:
Create a Group for your exported Mendeley references:

Select Import>File from the File menu:

From the Import File options Choose the XML file you have exported from Mendeley (it should be in your Downloads folder) and select EndNote generated XML as the Import Option.  Click the Import button.

EndNote will now import the bibliographic information for your references (you will need to move them into the Group you created), but the PDFs will display the broken link symbol and will not be accessible.


On your PC/Mac:
To fix the linking problem you need to copy the PDFs from the .Data folder which was exported from Mendeley (in Downloads) and paste them into the PDF folder in your My EndNote Library.Data folder (in Documents).

The PDF links in EndNote should now be connecting to the PDF files.

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