How to Share References with More Than 15 People in EndNote Online?

Question: Our research involves many people. Is it possible to share our references with more than 15 people using EndNote?

Answer: Yes. it is possible. Although EndNote desktop allows for only 15 people to share a library, EndNote online enables users to share a group of references with many more people. To use that feature, you need to create a personal group on the Manage My Groups page in your EndNote online account assuming you’ve already had one. If not, it is very easy to create one free at  To create a group for sharing references in EndNote Online, please follow the steps below:

  • Under the Organize tab, click Manage My Groups.
  • On the Manage My Groups page, click the blue New Group button.
  • In the pop-up window, type a name for the group in the textbox provided. Then click OK.

Once the group was created, you may start sharing by following the steps below:

  • Click Managing Sharing on the right to the group just created.
  • Click “Start sharing this group.”
  • In the pop-up window, you may start adding email addresses (separated by commas) of the people with whom you want to share the references.
  • You may choose Read Only or Read & Write permission for any of the added users. It is possible to give some users Read only access but Read & Write access to other users within the same group.
  • Users with Read & Write permission can edit or remove references from the shared group. However, they cannot delete the reference from your library if you initiated the sharing.
  • When more than one user is editing the same reference at the same time, whoever saves last will have the final edits.
  • File attachments cannot be shared among users in a group regardless of access privileges.

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