As part of some research on Connotea, I've discovered some rather unfortunate behavior relating to Endnote and Connotea interaction. It appears that the following series of events is a common occurrence with some negative consequences for the usefulness of Connotea (at least for me):
- A person uses the Endnote search/import mechanism to bring a reference(s) into her personal collection from the Pubmed collection
- Endnote pulls in a lot of the MEDLINE annotation into the record it creates. In particular, it adds all of the MeSH descriptors and the qualifiers added to them for the citation
- The person exports their references into a text file and uploads them to Connotea using the import mechanism
- The import to Connotea mechanism mangles the MeSH terms as follows:
- In Pubmed records, and in the Endnote records, /'s are used to separate descriptors such as "Transcription Factors" from qualifiers such as "antagonists & inhibitors" and "metabolism". For example, you might see a keyword listed as "Transcription Factors/antagonists & inhibitors/*metabolism". When imported, Connotea strips the slashes from the tag and thus adds the tag "Transcription Factorsantagonists & inhibitors*metabolism" to the post.
- MeSH terms sometimes contain commas like "Models, Genetic". When imported, these compound terms get split into multiple separate tags (Models and Genetic).