Mendeley

RATING:

4.1

(66)

About Mendeley

Mendeley is a reference management solution that helps researchers and publishers cite references and access published articles. It enables professionals to store research papers in a centralized repository, share files with internal and external stakeholders and configure workflows via a unified platform. The application allows users to organize and search the digital library, annotate documents as well as write citations and bibliographies. Features of Mendeley include data import/export, file sharing, document storage, analytics, collaboration and more. Pricing is available on request and support is extended via phone, email and other online measures.

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Mendeley Reviews

Overall Rating

4.1

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

3.5

Value for money

4

Functionality

4

Most Helpful Reviews for Mendeley

1 - 5 of 67 Reviews

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Sarah

Verified reviewer

Higher Education, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

4

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed August 2022

Indispensable tool

Mendeley is great for me as a post-grad researcher. I can easily keep track of research papers in one place, edit the bibliographic details and create reference lists.

PROS

Keeps all papers together Integration with word Can import directly from Safari or Chrome Saves a lot of time

CONS

When initially logged in comes up with a search screen, but I cannot reaccess this once in my library. This facility should be easier to access.

Reasons for switching to Mendeley

Used this until four years ago - was a paid-for service without the capability of Mendeley. Mendeley has many more relevant features.

Kavya

Research, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used monthly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed January 2022

Best reference manager in my experience

PROS

The google extension to add references is useful. Once I use this, I can go back into the Mendeley desktop app and sync it and it appears. I also like that you can download citations in different formats (.ris, etc) and can drag and drop into Mendeley desktop for a quick import. It works well with Word to add references while writing.

CONS

I don't like that the Mendeley window disappears when I add a reference in Word. Sometimes I search references by topic/author but I have to copy a list of the references I need to add into a note because Mendeley disappears while I add the references. I wish it would simply remain in the background so I can see my reference list while I'm adding references.

Reason for choosing Mendeley

Easiest to use and most frequently used in the research teams I collaborate with

Reasons for switching to Mendeley

Easiest to use and most frequently used in the research teams I collaborate with

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Monika

Verified reviewer

Research, 501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

3

EASE OF USE

3

VALUE FOR MONEY

4

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

3

Reviewed May 2023

Have been using this for 8 years, looking for new one to switch to

I am a daily user of this software but would love to have something up-to-date regarding its functionality.

PROS

I can access articles from any device and conveniently add interesting papers to my database using a web browser extension. I have the ability to write notes directly on PDFs and interact with the document as if it were a printed version. This includes underlining important sections and adding notes alongside, all while remaining connected to the specific article.

CONS

I am disappointed to find that the software lacks a crucial feature that I had anticipated - the ability to conduct comprehensive searches within the content of my papers. Regrettably, the search functionality is limited to article titles, and it does not even accommodate partial word matches. Specifically, one must input the exact term, such as "biochemistry," to yield any results, whereas a partial term like "bio" fails to produce any relevant outcomes. I communicated this concern to the software issuer four years ago, who mentioned they were working on addressing this issue. Yet, despite the advancements in the field of artificial intelligence, it appears that no progress has been made in this regard. Additionally, the software does not allow for exporting the entire database with annotations, necessitating a time-consuming process of exporting them one by one. As a result, switching to a different application would mean losing years' worth of work.

Luíza

Research, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed March 2022

Great!

PROS

This is an obligatory tool to every researcher. What I like most about Mendeley is the web browser extension (so you can easily add a reference and the paper pdf to your library), and the online integration (you can access your library wherever you are. Also, the online community and the option to create groups are good).

CONS

The only con I can think of is the limitation of people when you create a group to share papers. Also, the comments that each user writes in a shared paper are not always available for others to see, which misses the point of creating a group.

Reasons for switching to Mendeley

Because I wanted to have a tool more integrated with resources available online.

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Przemek

Verified reviewer

Translation and Localization, 1 employee

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

3

Reviewed July 2022

A solid but limited reference manager

Mendeley helps me stay organised as it manages all my pdf files seamlessly. Annotations options could be improved.

PROS

Mendeley is an amazing low-cost solution for anybody who is looking for a reference manager. Software used to be available as an installable app but is now being phased out and a lighter version is available now. I love how Mendeley helps with my citations as it integrates seamlessly with Word and helps build amazing citations and tables of reference.

CONS

Annotation options are very limited. App allows you to add simple comments and highlight texts. There is no way to add arrows or any other symbols to your pdfs. There used to be a mobile app available that would synchronise with main Mendeley library but now it is not possible to run the app on your tablet. The desktop app logs you out very often and I find it annoying to have to log in every time.

Reasons for switching to Mendeley

Papers is way too expensive.