Mendeley- Manage documents on the desktop and in the cloud for free.

Do you deal with lots of documents both at home and in the office? Do you have to keep remembering a certain paragraph in that pdf document you were reading? Want to create a bibliographic database? Need a portable app to sync your documents between your desktop and the cloud? Have ever wanted a way to collaborate and share with fellow researchers on a project? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then what you need is Mendeley.
This is a simple, cross platform application that is packed with features to make organizing your heaps of documents a breeze and an enjoyable experience. Mendeley helps you connect with other researchers in your field through the Mendeley research network. Mendeley has its own ‘people directory’ that you can search to make some useful contacts along the way.
With Mendeley, you can collaborate with fellow researchers and share information, resources and experiences with shared and public collections. Your research team will have easy access to each others papers. Just create a group, invite your colleagues and drag and drop documents in there. This way you can keep on top of what they’re reading and discover more about what interests you.
The Mendeley desktop also indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite. It also looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically. Drag and drop functionality makes populating the library quick and easy. The bookmarklet allows you to quickly and easily import papers from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM, IEEE and many more at the click of a button.
This application is a revolution in the way we organize, collaborate and share documents- both on and offline. It is available for all three popular platforms: namely Windows, Linux and Mac OS. You can download it and use as a stand alone app on your computer or you can also register with the site and have it synced with their servers thus giving you easy access to your documents even when you are away from your PC. So all in all, this application is a must have if you really want a tidy computer and easy collaboration with friends and colleagues.

2 Replies to “Mendeley- Manage documents on the desktop and in the cloud for free.”

  1. Hello,

    if you like mendeley, our software "sciplore mindmapping" might be interesting for you, too. sciplore mindmapping is a mind mapping application that allows you to integrate your pdfs and references with mind maps. the big advantage of this approach is that you do not have only a list of your PDFs but a mind map in which you can add additional information and arrange PDFs more flexible. And in case you really like Mendeley, you can even use Mendeley in addition to SciPlore MindMapping.

    For a short demonstration of sciplore mindmapping see
    http://www.youtube.com/v/jRHqLktIMWw&hl=en_GB&fs=1&rel=0&hd=1

    To try the software (open source, Java): http://www.sciplore.org/software/sciplore_mindmapping/

    and to read about how to write a phd thesis (or academic papers in general) with sciplore mindmapping see http://sciplore.org/blog/2010/03/02/how-to-write-a-phd-thesis/

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