I am currently writing a thesis with lots of newspaper citations. As they often are similar (e.g. same author, same paper, different date), I have often copied one citation and edited the copy for another article.
I always edit the citations in paperpile directly, not in google docs.
Now I just noticed to my horror that several citations are wrong, a few had far too many duplicates, and get duplicated in the bibliography list as well(?!) When I tried to correct it by deleting the faulty citation in a specific footnote and adding the correct article with the paperpile addon, I noticed that it changes into the same “paperpile name” (e.g. (Johnson 1922), even if the current article is from 1924, or maybe even Johnson isn’t the author) as the previously displayed “faulty” newspaper article.
Now it seems I managed to fix this by painstakingly writing each “changing” article citation from scratch, first writing no author (so it would get a unique “name”) and then searching my sources and adding them in the right spots again. However at least one of them “changed” even if I had written it completely from scratch again…
I hope I managed to express the problem clearly enough.
What is going on, and (how) can I avoid it happening again?! It is incredibly frustrating when working on a strict deadline to realize that instead of saving time by using paperpile like I was expecting, I’m having to spend more time fixing these strange problems, and still being insecure if all my citations have been corrected…
Hope someone can find out what is going on!
All the best,