How do I exclude the in-text citations from my word count?
Last Updated: Sep 09, 2021     Views: 42451

In Endnote

You can use a special 'Blank' referencing style sheet in Endnote to accurately report word counts. Further information is on the Endnote Referencing Guide - Using EndNote for document word counts


If you use other software such as Mendeley or Zotero in Microsoft Word

  • Create a copy of your paper, so you are not working with your document.
  • In the 'Home' tab in Word, choose the 'Replace' button.
  • In 'Find what' type the characters \(*\)
  • Click 'Use Wildcards'
  • Click 'Replace All'



This will delete anything in a bracket () in the paper so your word count will then be accurate.


Please note: This will only work in referencing styles that use brackets for in-text citations, and will delete any additional brackets in your paper. 

If you use a referencing style that uses [] or {} brackets, you can replace the () in the string of characters and it will also work.