Mendeley is a free reference manager with web-based, desktop and mobile versions where you can store, organise, highlight and annotate all your PDFs and references. It is also an academic social network where you can create a profile and share the literature you are reading with your research group or co-authors.
Mendeley connects with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice and BibTeX so you can easily add references to your work and create bibliographies.
You can easily sync your library of references between different versions of Mendeley and between different computers. The free version of Mendeley comes with 2GB free storage and over 2,800 citation styles, if you require more storage you can upgrade to a premium plan.
In addition to Library support offered for Mendeley there is lots of guidance and support available from other websites:
We've recently created a custom style for Mendeley which matches the variant of the Harvard style used by many Schools here at Reading. Follow these steps to use the style:
Mendeley can help you keep your PDF files organised by putting them into subfolders and/or renaming them.
If you want to annotate PDFs outside of the facility in Mendeley – edit the PDF saved here, not in your watched folder.
Mendeley is both a reference manager and a social network and has lots of features to help researchers to connect and promote their work:
The EndNote and Mendeley plugins in Word don't play nicely together, so you might experience problems if you have both installed. The most common error message seen is 'Cannot edit range' when trying to insert a citation from EndNote into a Word document.
To stop this happening you have to disable the Mendeley plugin by following these steps:
You will need to do this every time you open a document in Word.
Clicking on 'Register' just takes you to the login screen
If you try to register for a Mendeley account and it just takes you to the login screen once you have entered your email address, this indicates that you have already registered that email address with another Elsevier product (for example, ScienceDirect or Scopus). You can use this same account to login to Mendeley. If you can't remember the password anymore, just click on the 'Forgot password' link to reset it.
Multiple accounts associated with your email address
If you have logged to Elsevier products such as ScienceDirect or Scopus via a link from the Library's website you might have created a 'shib' or 'oala' profile on the site. When you try to login to Mendeley it won't know which account to use. A message should appear informing you of the multiple accounts and an email sent to you. Just select the account with your email address and you'll be taken back to Mendeley to login. This should be remembered for next time.
Mendeley logs in with the wrong account (for example, a 'shib' or 'oala' account)
If you are stuck with access via an account you don't want to use, clear the cookies on your browser (see FAQ above for the reason why this happens),
Updated April 2019