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Sciwheel: Word Plugin/Word 365 Add-in to write & cite

Guide to registering, setting up, and using the Sciwheel bibliographic citation manager.

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2021 Changes to Sciwheel Word plugin/Desktop App

2021 changes to Sciwheel Word plugin & desktop app
In 2021, Sciwheel launched a new Sciwheel 365 add-in in response to a growing number of Microsoft 365 users. They no longer support of the older, original Word plugin & desktop app and there will be no further updates to them. However, if you already have the [original] Word plugin installed, you will still be able to use it. Do not use both the old Word plugin and the new MS 365 add-in within the same document.
  • To convert original Sciwheel or F1000 Workspace Word plug-in citations for use with the new Word 365 Sciwheel add-in, see this conversion video.
For more information and instructions on downloading/installing the new Word 365 Sciwheel add-in, see the Sciwheel video here or  click on Help in Sciwheel.
  • Download the new 365 Sciwheel add-in from the Tools drop down in Sciwheel or directly via the Microsoft (MS) app store. Click here for help with Microsoft Store Add-ins > Sciwheel.
  • OR you can download it from within Word by selecting the insert tab and clicking on Get Add-ins. From the Store tab search for Sciwheel.
  • Once installed the Sciwheel add-in tab will be added to your Word ribbon. If you have both the older and newer add-ins installed, the newer one will usually be the one on the right. Once you open the new add-in, you will see the Sciwheel icon to the far left.  Click on it to open and use.
  • When using the desktop version of Word, to access the add-in after installation via Appsource, you will have to go to Insert > My Add-ins in Word to refresh the list before the add-in is shown.  
  • Do not use both the old Word plugin and the new MS 365 add-in within the same document.
Troubleshooting notes:
  • You may need administrative privileges on your computer to download and install the newer Sciwheel Office 365 add-in from MS Store. If you do not have administrative privileges, your computer support personnel should be able to assist you.
  • If your anti-virus or anti-malware software blocks installation from MS Store, computer support should be able to assist you. 
  • If you are using an older version of MS Office/Word (pre 2019), you may need to upgrade. 
  • Additional help with Microsoft Store Add-ins > Sciwheel.

For additional help, contact Sciwheel support (responses generally within a few hours) from the chat button within Sciwheel or via emailSciwheel chat support

NEW Word 365 add-in

NOTE: Although the old Word plug-in will continue to work, support for it is being discontinued as of August 31, 2021.  The new Word 365 add-in is available as of May, 2021. See below for information on downloading, installing, and using the new add-in.

WARNING: Do not use the old Word plug in and the new Word 365 add-in in the same document. Select one or the other. To convert citations from the old Word plug in to the new Word 365 add-in, see this conversion video.

Help documents and videos:

IF using the desktop version of Word: to access the add-in after installation via Appsource, you will have to go to Insert > My Add-ins in Word to refresh the list before the add-in is shown.  

Installing Word365 Add-in for Desktop Word, go to Insert then My Add-ins then Refresh to refresh and show in Add-ins list.

Notes:

  • You may need administrative privileges on your computer to download and install the newer Sciwheel Office 365 add-in from MS Store. If you do not have administrative privileges, your computer support personnel should be able to assist you.
  • If your anti-virus or anti-malware software blocks installation from MS Store, computer support should be able to assist you. 
  • If you are using an older version of MS Office/Word, you may need to upgrade. 
  • Additional help with Microsoft Store Add-ins > Sciwheel.

Sciwheel support is active on chat during transition from the chat button within Sciwheel or via email: Sciwheel chat support

The OLD Word Plugin (support discontinued as of August 31, 2021)

The Sciwheel Word plugin links any paper you are writing to your Sciwheel projects, references and notes. It allows you to easily insert citations, format your paper and search PubMed and Sciwheel recommendations, all without leaving Word.

NOTE: Although the old Word plug-in will continue to work, support for it is being discontinued as of August 31, 2021.  See information on this page for downloading, installing, and using the new Word 365 add-in available as of May, 2021.  WARNING: Do not use the two in the same document. Select one or the other. To convert citations from the old Word plug in to the new Word 365 add-in, see this conversion video.

To install the old Word plug-in from within Sciwheel (no longer available for download as of August 31, 2021):

  • Click on the Tools dropdown menu and select "Word plugin & desktop app"
  • Follow the instructions 

Help Guide: Word Plugin

  • Extensive FAQ's and Troubleshooting