Automatic metadata and reference extraction (Mendeley Desktop)
|Original author(s)||Mendeley Ltd.|
|Initial release||August 2008|
|Stable release||1.9 / July 8, 2013|
|Type||Reference management software, Social software for academic research|
Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.
Mendeley requires the user to store all basic citation data on its servers—storing copies of documents is at the user's discretion. Upon registration, Mendeley provides the user with 2 GB of free web storage space, which is upgradeable at a cost.
Mendeley founded in November 2007 by three German PhD students and is based in London. The first public beta version was released in August 2008. The team comprises researchers, graduates, and developers from a variety of academic institutions. The company’s investors include the former executive chairman of Last.fm, the former founding engineers of Skype, and the former Head of Digital Strategy at Warner Music Group, as well as academics from Cambridge and Johns Hopkins University.
Mendeley has won several awards: Plugg.eu "European Start-up of the Year 2009", TechCrunch Europas "Best Social Innovation Which Benefits Society 2009", and The Guardian ranked it #6 in "Top 100 tech media companies".
Elsevier purchased Mendeley in 2013. The sale caused quite a fuss on scientific networks and in the media interested in Open Access, and upset some Mendeley users who felt that the program's acquisition by publishing giant Elsevier, known for implementing restrictive publishing practices, was antithetical to the open sharing model of Mendeley. David Dobbs, in The New Yorker, describes Elsevier's reasons for buying Mendeley as two-fold: to acquire its user data, and to "destroy or coöpt an open-science icon that threatens its business model."
Mendeley is available as a basic free version, and also in premium payable versions.
- Mendeley Desktop, based on Qt, runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
- Automatic extraction of metadata from PDF papers.
- Back-up and synchronization across multiple computers and with a private online account.
- PDF viewer with sticky notes, text highlighting and full-screen reading.
- Full-text search across papers.
- Smart filtering, tagging and automatic PDF file renaming.
- Citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice.
- Import of documents and research papers from external websites (e.g., PubMed, Google Scholar, Arxiv) via browser bookmarklet.
- BibTeX export/file sync
- Private groups to collaboratively tag and annotate research papers.
- Public groups to share reading lists.
- Social networking features (newsfeeds, comments, profile pages, etc.).
- Usage-based readership statistics about papers, authors and publications.
- iPhone app
- iPad app
Notes and references
- "Mendeley Tips".
- Jason Fitzpatrick (2009-08-17). "Mendeley Manages Your Documents on Your Desktop and in the Cloud". Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- Hull, D.; Pettifer, S.; Kell, D. (Oct 2008). "Defrosting the digital library: bibliographic tools for the next generation web" (Free full text). In McEntyre, Johanna. PLoS computational biology 4 (10): e1000204. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000204. ISSN 1553-734X. PMC 2568856. PMID 18974831.
- Henning, V. .; Reichelt, J. . (2008). "Mendeley - A Last.fm For Research?". 2008 IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience 7 (12). pp. 327–328. doi:10.1109/eScience.2008.128. ISBN 978-1-4244-3380-3.
- BBC (2009-10-26). "Science enters the age of Web 2.0". BBC News.
- Plugg.eu (2009-03-12). "Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced". Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- TechCrunch (2009-03-12). "Plugg wraps with two very capable winnners". Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- TechCrunch (2009-07-09). "The Europas: The Winners and Finalists".
- The Guardian (2009-09-07). "The top 100 tech media companies". London.
- Confirmed: Elsevier Has Bought Mendeley For $69M-$100M To Expand Its Open, Social Education Data Efforts
- Elsevier takes over Mendeley: And you, what do you think?, MyScienceWork
- "When the Rebel Alliance Sells Out", David Dobbs, The New Yorker, April 12, 2013
- Mendeley official website
- Mendeley import bookmarklet tool
- Interview with Mendeley co-founder Victor Henning, Intruders.tv Video
- Interview with Mendeley co-founders Victor Henning and Jan Reichelt, Intruders.tv Video