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Site traffic for Mendeley takes off in 2010. Note that actual usage is about 2-3x higher due to standalone client
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Introduction

see also Citation management, Research for librarians - portal and Zotero vs. Mendeley

Mendeley is a new web-based reference management tool that allows academics and faculty to organize their research on the web, free-of-charge online. In Mendeley, documents can be stored seemingly with unlimited storage. As a web 2.0 tool, Mendeley facilitates social networking and sharing within research networks. Its website features other researchers' journal collections and is regarded as more impressive in functionality than Zotero. Here is the Mendeley blog and a recent JMLA 2010 review

Put simply, Mendeley is a free, multiplatform social bibliography tool that allows users to manage collections, find links (citations, authors, ideas) among papers and setup networks of researchers. It offers features to help with automatic metadata extraction, document annotations and iPhone/iPad app integration. Mendeley is also interdisciplinary with works from physicists to the humanities.

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Facts

  • approaching 100 million documents and a million members according to counter on main page
  • crowdsourced research database with a unique layer of social information for users
  • leverage information generated such as trends in research so users can discover where fields are heading, and how individual interests are changing over time
  • as users share papers or load their bibliographies, Mendeley will show papers they may have missed
  • Mendeley is continuing to innovate - last week introduced tags onto the platform, allowing users to find related material even faster than before
  • freedom of information integrated with social networking tools and analytics; a valuable research tool for the new information age

Background

In 2007, Mendeley raised early funding to help it achieve its vision of becoming the "Last.fm for research". Mendeley Desktop was created to help researchers organize their work locally on a freely-downloaded client that is extremely easy to use. It is called a "cross-platform desktop application" and extracts metadata, full-text and cited references from papers. The information can be synchronized with an account on Mendeley Web, allowing access to your library from anywhere. Similar to other bibliographic software tools, Mendeley eliminates data input and enables researchers to manage, tag, search full-text, annotate, cite and share papers with other Mendeley users. In addition, it provides social features not found in other tools such as word clouds, trending topics in papers and most-cited authors, and embeddable document collections. Mendeley Research Library displays authors, journals and tags and includes quality rating metrics and recommendation mechanisms.

Features

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http://www.americanbiotechnologist.com/blog/mendeley/

  • free, downloadable desktop client (even though a private company, Mendeley is in development and currently free of charge)
  • Mendeley is planning a premium subscriber feature
  • web-based component called Mendeley Web; allows syncing so you can access your pdf library from any computer
  • social networking tools within tool to connect to researchers
  • extensive list of citation styles http://www.mendeley.com/citationstyles/
  • uses Citation Style Language (CSL) standard -- an open XML standard to format citations and bibliographies
  • automatic extraction of metadata from PDF
  • back-up possible across multiple computers
  • digital document viewer has sticky note functions, text highlighting and full-screen reading
  • full-text searching across papers
  • smart filtering, tagging and file renaming
  • citation formatting and bibliography generation for Microsoft Word and OpenOffice
  • imports documents and papers from external websites (e.g. PubMed, Google Scholar, Arxiv, etc.) via browser bookmark
  • extracts metadata (author, title, publication info, etc.) and creates a bibliographic record for each paper in your Mendeley library
  • document discovery enabled by search of Mendeley Research Library
  • programmatic access to research trend data is available via API

Mendeley vis a vis Zotero

  • Mendeley grabs citation information from pdfs via Desktop client and citation information from webpages via browser bookmarklet, whereas Zotero grabs citation information from webpages and, where possible, XMP-based metadata from PDFs
  • online pdf viewer and other cool features that will make managing papers simpler
  • The sharing and collaboration features on Mendeley are superior to Zotero
    • there are notable differences in development philosophies
    • Zotero is ‘open source’ (developers share code, so many people can contribute) whereas Mendeley contains some proprietary code
  • Mendeley is still in beta so developers are constantly improving it

Similar tools

  • 2Collab.com - collaboration platform designed for researchers in science, technical and medical areas
  • Papers: your personal library of research 4-star.gif
  • ScrapBook - similar capture features to Zotero but no bibliographic functions
  • Zotero - free easy-to-use Firefox extension to help manage and cite sources
  • Connotea - Social bookmarking service for academic literature from Nature Publishing Group
  • Cite-U-Like - Social Bookmarking service for academic literature
  • WizFolio - online research collaboration tool for knowledge discovery

See also Bibliographic citation software

References

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