This morning I stumbled upon something that would seem to be very useful to researchers, a Web 2.0 toolset for managing research papers and bibliographies, and one that is free.
Mendeley is a gratis but proprietary 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. I have not been able to see how they gain revenue, but it looks like part of it is from cloud hosting of large collections of papers.
According to Wikipedia, here are some of its features:
- 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 PDF file renaming.
- Citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.
- Import of documents and research papers from external websites (e.g. PubMed, Google Scholar, Arxiv, etc.) via browser bookmarklet.
- COinS supported Mendeley website and browser bookmarklet imports from sites that support COinS.
- Groups for sharing and collaboratively tagging and annotating research papers.
- Social networking features (follow like-minded researchers, newsfeeds).
- Readership statistics about papers, authors and publications.
Learn more, sign up for the web application or download the desktop at http://www.mendeley.com/ . I am going to take it for a spin and see how it does, and I will report back on it in this blog. An alternative to Mendeley is Zotero, which I will write about in another post.