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Mendeley review by Bin C.
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"Wonderful tool for managing references"

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Mendeley review by Gabrielle B.
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"Mendeley Review"

What do you like best?

It helps to keep organized when writing research papers. It's creation of the final reference page is very effective. I love that you can export citations from essentially any journal's website as long as it is a .ris file. That is very convenient. You can also use various different citation styles. The software helps to ensure the quality of citation formatting.

What do you dislike?

I don't really need a fantastic pdf viewer in this software though I suppose that comes in handy when I need to verify citation information. It does what it can but it often doesn't find the right information. I have been trying to find a proper software to use and I have been using this one because it keeps me a bit organized but I don't think I am saving any time. Just taking the citations from google scholar worked fine. I also wish there was a function to use in-text citations outside of brackets. It defaults to citations in brackets then you have to manually edit it to begin a sentence "Author et al., 2000 wrote this...."

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although some websites don't recognize mendeley as a citation software you can export citations from refman format (i.e.) and add it from your downloads to the software directly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My supervisor likes his students to use this software though he doesn't want to learn it because of the learning curve. I do find it's fairly easy to pick up. It helps to ensure academic integrity when citing the works of other researchers. I benefit from having a bank of articles stored even after submitting papers.

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Mendeley review by Bashir I.
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"Good tools for referencing and collaboration"

What do you like best?

I like the collaboration features. I was at a Mendeley User Discovery session with limited or no knowledge about the collaboration features. Therefore when I came back I had to check it out. Most importantly I like the pluggings it has for easy citation. Additionally, I like the drag and drop feature for the desktop app.

The ability to toggle between referencing styles is also a feature I like because it saves you the trouble of having to do that manually if you submitting or writing to a different audience/journal.

What do you dislike?

It sometimes lags on the MS word plugging. I sometimes want a quick look at my word count, but it covers the place.

It sometimes reads the wrong information from the PDF exported.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It will be good if it had a way of correcting references based on the imported file. It is of course not that easy because the same article might be from different sources. This doesn't mean it's impossible

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it mainly for my research work. However, due to more functionality it is providing, I also use it for personal writing. It helps me manage my source of information, which is always helpful for the general audience.

Mendeley review by Juan Felipe P.
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"An excellent way of organizing your papers"

What do you like best?

Mendeley is a very reliable tool that allows using a cloud service to synchronize scientific documents to be read, highlited, and commented and all changes are updated on all devices. I also like the integration with MS Word to cite that work. The citation style and tag tool really helps to have a clear organization of the files. Another useful tool is the file suggestion or paper suggestion using their community. for example, when I find a paper about renewable energy, Mendeley suggests me authors and scientific documents related on that area.

What do you dislike?

I do not find attractive the speed of synchronization of Mendeley. There are some moments when I insert a new document that is watched in some folder and it does not get synchronyzed. I think that there may be also better ways to integrate and organize the files. also, it will be great to edit the document.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like to have another tools to be capable of reading more smothly. I think that Mendeley is doing great but I feel like something is missing about file managing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley allows me to organize tons of scientific documents and cite them. It helped me writing research proposals and reading scientific documents.

Mendeley review by Morgan H.
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"Great for Beginners; Lacks Higher Functions"

What do you like best?

It was very easy to set up, and intuitive to use. I also appreciated how easy it was to convert all my previous articles from another program (EndNote) into Mendeley. Also, you can't beat the fact that it's free, and doesn't expire and leave you without your research.

What do you dislike?

Mendeley doesn't have all the higher functions that some of the nicer programs you have to pay for include, but I guess you can't have everything with a free program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use, very intuitive, and easy to set up. Great starter program, and has most everything you'll need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cost-effective, obviously. For starting researchers it is very easy to get them on and set up, and then they have a program they can use for the rest of their lives if they need to, or they can upgrade later if they find they need more bells and whistles.

Mendeley review by Kelly T.
Kelly T.
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"Organize literature references with Mendeley"

What do you like best?

The software is free. I can organize articles into folders. I love the search engine with which I can look up articles based on phrases that I remember. I like that I am able to highlight and take notes using the software.

What do you dislike?

I know that there is a limit to the free storage. I wish I could see how close I am to that limit so I can monitor my use. The "import" option for web browsers can be improved. I have a lot of trouble importing PDFs that way. I also wish that the article won't be marked as "read" unless I do it manually. Sometimes I open the document but have not finished reading.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a good software to use if you have never considered organizing your reference articles. Citations can be made in Microsoft word using Mendeley too.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In science, we have to write grants and papers all the time. It is very difficult to keep track of all the references. Mendeley makes it easy to keep track of references for each project.

Mendeley review by Jumana H.
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"A Time efficient software for organizing many citations"

What do you like best?

When I was working on my thesis, I really needed a FREE software to help me in citation and due to narrow time frame I had, I needed an easy software without the need to learn something new. So, I found Mendely! it it fulfilled all my requirements. Easy to use, has 500 MB cloud storage, citations can be extracted from any PDF which is awesome!.

Also, using a plugin which can be integrated with Microsoft Word and we can choose any bibliography style. All citations can be saved and synced to your account, so I don't have to worry if I lose any resource.

What do you dislike?

Well I had some issue while using it which is a time consuming sometimes, data extraction from any PDF is not that precise, beside sometimes it gives you mismatching information which I think it needs improvement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really recommend Menedely to whom are suffering in organizing their citations, especially the masters & PHD students.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can share an important papers and articles provided with notes and my colleagues can access them and add more into the library.

Mendeley review by Sarah D.
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"A fantastic way to organize citations"

What do you like best?

I like being able to keep my citations up-to-date as I am writing a paper without needing to spend a whole lot of time doing so. I appreciate that I can put my references into the library quickly from wherever I am accessing them from and also that there is a plug-in for Microsoft Word so that all the work I put into storing the citations is accessible.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes sharing references with others is a bit confusing. I am never sure if I can share a folder to a group, or if I need to create a group that has access to the references.

Also -- and this isn't Mendeley's fault, per se, but it's important to be aware of -- sometimes the automatic formatting of the citations isn't quite perfect (e.g., sometimes authors' last names get inputted in all capitals, etc.) so it's not quite a "set it and forget it" system.

In addition, sometimes the authors have multiple listings, for example; "Smith, J" and "Smith, J." are separate author listings, even though it is the same author. It would be nice if we could batch merge these more easily.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I like to share references with my collaborators through Mendeley. I also really appreciate having the

Mendeley review by Kirby K.
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"Reliable, free substitute for EndNote"

What do you like best?

I really love how high quality the program is despite it being free. I don't see myself ever paying for EndNote when Mendeley is such a solid option. There are very, very few things that Mendeley lacks in comparison with EndNote.

What do you dislike?

If I absolutely had to choose something, it would be that you have to install a plugin into MS word to cite your sources, and in EndNote, you don't. But really this isn't much of something to dislike because it's really, really quick to install the plugin.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely recommend, especially if spending money on EndNote seems like something that's difficult for you to do. Mendeley, in nearly all respects, is just as good as EndNote.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sharing papers in groups is really easy, and as a biologist, it allows me to stay organized with all of my PDFs in a way that I really struggled with before. My lab at DePaul University uses Mendeley to share papers and also share ideas, as you can take notes on the papers in Mendeley, as well.

Mendeley review by Kelsey S.
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"The best option out there for academic pdf organization (but could use an upgrade for tablets) "

What do you like best?

Mendeley is great because it allows you to organize your pdfs within the app and will auto import any newly downloaded pdfs from the folders you designate. It's also great to have things sync across devices so what I'm reading and my notes are always with me regardless of which device I'm using.

What do you dislike?

This app has so much potential for integration with tablets but falls short. It would be wonderful to get integration with the Apple Pencil so you can take notes directly on articles. The desktop app is also sometimes a bit buggy for Macs in terms of syncing (I can't speak to the PC side of things).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley helps me organize what I have and haven't read, and easily find articles when I need them for my own reading or to share with colleagues.

Mendeley review by Adithyaa J.
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"Reference manager for simplified file management"

What do you like best?

The feed and connected database that can monitor and find stats on your articles is the nest thing that i like in mendeley. The software which comes with mendeley is free for limited storage of documents which are on the cloud and thus can be accessed from anywhere using any system. The mendeley also has the ability to share the article wit multiple users and also have separate storage space for the same.

What do you dislike?

only one thing that i dislike about mendeley is the sometime slower performance of word plug in that will have to play a important when you are looking for bibliographical service by mendeley. other than this mendeley does not have any dislikes and everything works at its best make this only a slight con which has been overcome by its vast pro's in helping you

Recommendations to others considering the product

the greatest recommendation that i can give for mendeley is the integrated file reader with connected annotation and comments. More than this mendeley is a free software for limited use. so give it a try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

sharing of documents and the collaborated editing of bibliographical data has been a great challenge that has been addressed by mendeley and this will prove to save great amount of time in organizing the files with your system and colleague.

Mendeley review by Karthikeyan B.
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"Easy Reference managing"

What do you like best?

Best thing about mendeley is the built in PDF reader with notes and highlight view in dashboard. The citation manager plugin with word is always in sync and you can search and pull a paper by author name, paper title or even with the keywords.

What do you dislike?

there is nothing that is bad about mendeley.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Mendeley is a free software with limited storage, so feel free to try it before buying, I am sure you will like it. The mendeley citation manager plugin with word will help you in managing and composing bibliography with ease.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

organizing and searching the relevant document easily. editing bibliography with connected and networked authors are made easy. citomatic plugin available with mendeley will help in cross linking the article that you write with the citation database and pulling up the required citation in very simple. the numbering of citation are corrected by the mendeley plugin itself. The web plugin with mendeley help you to save the citation and the source article directly from the web, hence you will never miss an article in your citation.

Mendeley review by Shaorong Y.
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"Mendeley"

What do you like best?

I like how it is very easy to insert citation and reference list into word (I guess it is probably less useful for latex users? But I think it can be used to generate bibtex file?). I like how it is both a reference storage place and can at the same time store the pdfs (although I sometimes hate it, see below). The search function is fairly good. I like how one can separate files/refs under different folders.

What do you dislike?

In most cases, one can easily find the correct document info (especially when there is a doi), but sometimes it gives back weird errors (especially for some old papers). Also, there is somewhat lack of flexibility when dealing with unpublished work or posters. Also, the tag system is kind of nice (although I actually rarely use it...), but it is case sensitive and as one that is not consistently organized, sometimes I fail to keep track of what exact wording I used a few years back and then I need to change all the new/old tags. I wish they could use do something like tag consolidation. Also, the merge duplicated document function is very confusing... I have no idea how it works and don't dare to use it, resulting in a lot of redundant files. While I love the pdf storage function, but the space is limited (unless you pay a price) so I tend to keep hard copy on my own hard drive, it is kind of then a waste of space and I'm storing multiple duplicates. Oh, and their inline citation format is not very flexible... One needs to irritate the program repetitively to get it to work as one wishes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I remember the times when I used to generate references by hand... good times. But with mendeley, more often than not things work and I only need to make minimal changes.

Mendeley review by Leo B.
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"Awesome Free Reference Software"

What do you like best?

Mendeley is free, super easy to use, integrates within Word and internet browsers and highly accurate. You can download references from a public database rather than look for them on the web. You can import directly from PDFs and even store PDFs in the cloud. Mendeley also tracks your own personal citations and suggests relevant research for you.

What do you dislike?

The templates for various references cannot be altered. For example, I am unable to prevent the software from importing DOI information into citations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would check this out. It is great for most users. I'm sure that there's fancier options, but this is perfect for writing scientific papers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley helps manage my references when I am writing research papers. It has saved me hundreds of hours and thousands of headaches vs. manually tracking references. It is also free and, as far as I can tell, as good as expensive reference software.

Mendeley review by Meghan P.
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"Excellent Free Reference Manager"

What do you like best?

I really like that Mendeley allows you to import your reference libraries from other management softwares. It also has a clean interface that works well for keeping everything organized. Mendeley works really well with switching from computer to computer while working on the same document. For the reference styles that it does not work well with (Vancouver), you will need to edit in text. With other free reference managers, editing causes a lot of problems, especially when you update the paper later in the process. With Mendeley, if you edit the citations in text or in the reference section, it only asks if you want to keep the manual edits once, and then moves on. This is even true when opening the document on a different computer

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it doesn't have correct citation styles, for example Vancouver.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This platform allows easy transition from other reference managers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Mendeley to assist in preparing manuscripts for original research projects. The number one benefit is that it is so easy to use and free. Other open source options (cough, Zotero, cough) are too clunky and do not work well with chrome or mac platforms. I have never had a problem with Mendeley. Another benefit for this software is that it allows you to search for papers in the desktop application, this makes writing a lot easier (and quicker) because you don't have to go through several steps to log on to your institutions library website. Additionally, they send you suggestions based on your search history.

Mendeley review by Priyatanu R.
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"Great free citation manager with some bugs"

What do you like best?

I like the software interface and the synchronization features that this software has along with the web based importer and the Microsoft Word plugin. But there are some bugs as well. Overall though, you can't beat the software on value for money seeing as it is free.

What do you dislike?

There are multiple bugs and synchronization issues when the same account is used in multiple computers. Very often there is an error message at the top of the program saying that some kind of synchronization error has occurred and Mendeley can't sync. But the message does not specify which file is the source of the error or how to resolve the issue and as such it is kind of useless to the user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have been using Mendeley while other people I know use Endnote. And to be honest, I have never felt that I needed to buy Endnote to be able to have all the features I need in a reference manager. Mendeley fulfills that role adequately.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Mendeley for most of my research work and writing scientific papers and publications. The Word plugin has been especially useful since it integrate well with the existing software without much hassle in installation and plays well with Word's native reference tools. Also stylesheets for different journals can be downloaded from the web library and used without the user needing to modify anything. So far I have been able to find all of the stylesheets for the journal I have looked for.

Mendeley review by Ashley M.
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"Very easy to use"

What do you like best?

I started using Mendeley as a way to compile date from the various research articles I've come across when scouring the internet. What I like the best of this program is the attachment to the google chrome web browser. I am able to find a useful article and then click this button, which would automatically sync up with my medley account. And then from there I am able to grab the articles when needed. I also like how it can also create the citation for me based on the format of the document that I am writing

What do you dislike?

There isn't really anything that I don't like about this program. This might actually be a limitation of google, but when I am logged into multiple accounts (email addresses) on the google chrome web browser, sometimes it doesn't sync up with the account that is actually linked to mendleley

Recommendations to others considering the product

It can be very easy to get caught up in the various literature. Organization is key and make use of the tabs and organization

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest business problem is organizing various research data. The organization of data and the cited works makes writing content and papers a lot easier.

In addition to that, as a clinician in the healthcare field, it is important for us to cite various research, and also find the needed sources to support my clinical decision making

Mendeley review by Travis M.
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"Simple way to organize academic articles"

What do you like best?

Mendeley allows for the easy organization and recording of academic articles (which I use it for). The software allows you to upload pdf articles and then you can tag them to organize. The software also allows you to highlight within the text for note taking. Also allows for you to generate full citations for articles and export them to word.

What do you dislike?

I overall enjoy the software, however, the place where you take notes on the article needs to be improved. The notes window is too small and does not allow you to customize text (e.g., bold, underline, etc.).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for an easy way to organize research articles this is the best software to use. Very easy interface.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to organize a massive amount of research in one easy to use software program. Mendeley also allows for the easy importation of citations into manuscripts which is a massive time saver.

Mendeley review by David E.
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"A good reference manager"

What do you like best?

Mendeley makes it easy to import new references - just save them in a folder on your computer and Mendeley reads them in. It supports both Word and BibTex. It has a good cloud storage system for your references, which makes them available across devices. Mendeley has a good built-in PDF editor that makes it easy to collate your notes.

What do you dislike?

It's very journal article centric. Quickly importing books is not nearly as straightforward - that usually has to be done manually. It DOESN'T do APA style title capitalization properly. This is a huge headache.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Between Mendeley, Zotero and Endnote, Mendeley is the cleanest and most streamlined solution. Zotero is maybe a little more open-source-oriented.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Mendeley when writing academic papers. It has made referencing quick and easy. It is especially easy to share documents with references in them. There aren't all the hassles with tags and macros.

Mendeley review by User
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"It makes a students life very easy "

What do you like best?

The ease with which you can annotate. And also that it saves your data online so you won't have the fear of losing it. I also like its preface.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't point out any spelling and grammatical errors. So one needs to keep reading the notes again and again to make sure that they are not vague. Since at times, when you go back to your annotations - even you can't understand what's written.

Secondly, as far my experience has been, you need to save documents to your computer and then upload them to Mendeley - if there were a way that these docs could get directly downloaded to Mendeley, it would have been better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it and you would find it better than many other reference managers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have recently started my doctoral studies. Earlier, I had always read from paper, so reading from the screen was a big big challenge. Mendeley helps me keep a track of the literature that I am reading. And since there's loads of it, it has made my life a bit easy. It's also very easy to navigate through.

Mendeley review by Hummer, J.
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"Excellent Reference Organizer"

What do you like best?

This is a great place to organize my articles and take notes. I have been using this program for three years now, and I can't find fault with it. I'm just worried about running out of space. I love that I can easily make a reference list that is properly formatted in APA.

What do you dislike?

I used to be able to share articles without exporting the file as a PDF. That feature is gone. I miss it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Organize articles by category. This way, you can easily find them when you need them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I keep articles for literature reviews organized. I can quickly make a references page in correct APA format. I have also used it to keep articles organized to write final exam responses with ease.

Mendeley review by User
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"Mendeley makes research easier"

What do you like best?

(1) I love the article information search feature. It makes it easy to find all of the bibliographic details with the click of a button, rather than having to enter the data by hand. This feature works great with scholarly articles!

(2) It is also fantastic that the software allows you to retain PDFs of articles as well.

(3) Organization is made simple. It is easy to sort articles into folders by topic.

(4) Searching articles is efficient and easy. Mendeley allows you to search for keywords, pull up all articles by a particular author and even keeps record of the articles you have just added or recently read. As someone who spends a good portion of the day searching for scholarly data on a variety of topics, it is very handy to be able to easily view the articles I've recently added.

What do you dislike?

If the piece is not a scholarly article, it is cumbersome to enter details by hand and the automatic author name entries that pop up can be annoying to try and reset. However, this is a small inconvenience overall.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am now able to easily store large numbers of articles for free. I used to use other reference management software, but they can be quite expensive. As an employee of a small non-profit, it is essential to save money whenever possible. I conduct systematic reviews, which require a great deal of storage space. I am still working with the free version and haven't run out of space yet!

Even if you do require more space, the paid versions are very affordable. For a tool that is so affordable, Mendeley packs a punch and easily competes with more expensive counterparts.

Mendeley review by Irazema F.
Irazema F.
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"Very practical, open source and free!"

What do you like best?

You may use either the web or desktop version. On top of being an easy to use reference manager, it catalogs your pdfs in any way you prefer. Mendeley also shows annotations you created directly in your PDF files with Mendeley’s internal PDF editor. Overall it is pleasant to use, accessible across devices and provides more services than a simple reference manager.

What do you dislike?

Nothing comes to mind at this very moment. I enjoy using this tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try out different settings and find the one that will help your bibliography database. Practice the different APA styles and editor. Update the software regularly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Organization and sorting of scientific literature related to on going projects. It is also has the ability for group collaboration.

Mendeley review by Aric G.
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"Citation Manager for PhD Student"

What do you like best?

There are no frills with Mendeley. I drag and drop the pdfs I need into folders that are intuitive enough to organize. It has all the features you'd expect from a decent citation manager like highlighting, coloring, comments, and tags. In fact, there isn't really a whole lot that stands out compared to other managers such as Zotero, but just because it isn't blowing my socks off with bells and whistles, doesn't mean I don't appreciate the fact that it organizes my files.

What do you dislike?

The macro data (authors, year, journal, etc) is often lost in the import or the wrong macro data is imported, especially for older files where the text may be harder for the software to scan. While this is understandable for some really dated files, it is annoying to have to manually input macro data, especially when looking up such data takes almost as much time as putting it into a citation machine like bibme.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Because the macro info can be suspect to either not being imported or imported incorrectly, it is worth taking the time when you first upload a file to make sure you have all the necessary macro information in place. This will save you headaches when you either need that macro info (writing papers) or if you rely on such info to search through hundreds of files.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Pre-PhD, I kept my files in a folder in my hard drive. While it may not seem like Mendeley is much more than a place to organize folders in the same manner, it has been a saver of time in how I am able to quickly search, view, and mark up pdfs. For a grad student (or faculty) who writes academic papers requiring countless citations, saving as many middle steps saves a lot of time.

Mendeley review by Zachary H.
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"Good online functionality -- offline is on par with the competition"

What do you like best?

I like Mendeley for its simplicity. It does do the same thing as its competitors, and, in fact, there seem to be fewer features; however its fairly clear how to use Mendeley, which cannot necessarily be said for some of its competitors.

What do you dislike?

Storing files has been a problem before. Also, Mendeley's offline and sync functionalities are not as strong.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Think about where you want to store things and what computer(s) you will primarily be using Mendeley from. If it is from a person, single-user computer, you may be better served with other products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley has been useful for primarily internet-based library construction. It's been great for using on public computers, where my files will eventually be deleted -- everything I need is stored on Mendeley.

Mendeley review by User in Higher Education
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"A time saver"

What do you like best?

I like Mendeley's desktop application interface, and appreciate the functionality of the mobile application version. There aren't many citation managers that have a fully functional mobile application, so that is really nice.

What do you dislike?

I can't feel confident that Elsevier's content is not prioritized with Mendeley. As an open access advocate, it can sometimes be hard to stomach taking advantage of this product considering its provenance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I always recommend trying a lot of different citation management software tools before committing to one. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, and the best tool is going to be different for everyone, depending on your own individual needs. Mendeley is a great tool but so are Zotero and RefWorks. So give it a chance but don't commit too soon.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley makes it easy to keep track of journal articles and other documents, organize them, and track my own stuff. It is a good tool to recommend to students since it is free.

Mendeley review by Elliot Marcel M.
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"Great capacity to document research and network"

What do you like best?

The fact that Mendeley is online and accessible anywhere is a fantastic resource. The cataloguing, citation creator and searchability functions are unparalleled. The integration into Word and the PDF capabilities within the software are great.

What do you dislike?

I preferred it when it was more focused on offering the services for keeping track of citations and didn't include all of the networking features that currently dominate the online interface. These are a distraction which is the great part about working in Mendeley itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

That its a free service makes it an awesome product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Mendeley in the capacity of a doctoral student to keep all of my citations in one place and accessible remotely from any computer with an internet connections

Mendeley review by Samuel M.
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"Powerful Citation Manager"

What do you like best?

The Chrome extension allows me to easily save citations for articles from anywhere. I can save citations into different folders as well as have a shared folder that group members can use and contribute to. I love that it can also find/download PDFs of the documents if available. Plus, it easily formats citations into APA exactly as I need them.

What do you dislike?

The plugin for Microsoft Word is tricky to use. I had difficulty getting it to work properly with in-text citations linked to the overall reference list that it inserts at the end of the word document. Instead, I manually type the in-text citations and paste the formatted citations into my bibliography. I'm sure I could use the word plugin properly if I took the time to read a how-to guide.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are other's out there, but I find Mendeley to be very streamlined and intuitive. Easy to use and great for collaborations. Great price (FREE!).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this to manage a plethora of articles for my research and collaborating with colleagues on the same projects. It has saved me time, resources, and peace of mind.

Mendeley review by User in Restaurants
User in Restaurants
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"Great for Citations"

What do you like best?

I like being able to search for articles that I need and having Mendeley tell me how to cite the article. It's also nice that they offer different citation styles. We go back and forth between medical and legal citations so it's helpful that I can be sure the reference is properly cited. Customer service has always been very helpful when we've contacted them with questions.

What do you dislike?

It took some training... I wish it was more intuitive to use. You also have to double check the citation; I've found errors.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I don't have experience with similar programs, but Mendeley is relatively easy to use and allows us to keep our data and articles organized. Being able to search for a specific term, author, etc. is also very helpful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Mendeley to share articles with our client base. It's a good organization & data management system that meets our needs.

Mendeley review by User in Higher Education
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"Mendeley for citation management"

What do you like best?

I love having all my papers in one place, being able to tag them by topic, and being able to easily add references to papers I'm writing. Mendeley just makes working with journal articles so much easier - instead of keeping tons of PDFs in various folders all over your computer, they all live in Mendeley and are accessible online, as well as synching across multiple computers. You can annotate papers right in Mendeley, and can search easily by keywords, authors, etc. - which means that you never lose a paper!

When you're writing and want to include references, you can just use the Mendeley plug-in for MS Word and search for the paper you are trying to cite. Mendeley automatically formats the in-line citation for you, and when you reach the end of your paper you can automatically add a bibliography that includes everything you cited in the text.

Another really great thing about Mendeley is that it recommends papers to you based on the topics you read about. I have found so many great papers this way!

What do you dislike?

The iOS app is a bit clunky; I would love to be able to highlight and write on the papers directly, but instead the app works just like a smaller version of the desktop program and doesn't take advantage of being on a touch-sensitive device. I also find it hard to email PDFs of papers from Mendeley, especially if I don't want to send all my annotations. Additionally, the online version of Mendeley makes it difficult to sort papers because it does not include your tags. Finally, Mendeley's references are not always in perfect APA format (the citation format I most commonly need) which is frustrating; I end up having to do a fair amount of manual editing of my references to correct small issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend using Mendeley. Just keep an eye out if you are working on a document where having the citations formatted 100% correctly is important (such as a manuscript for submission to a publication) since Mendeley does mess up formatting sometimes. Overall it will make your life SO much easier. And definitely sign up to get paper suggestions!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Citation management and PDF/document organization. Mendeley has enormous benefit as an organized, simple to use platform to find, store, read/annotate, share, and cite papers.

Mendeley review by Vijay R.
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"A must to have a library to keep the research publications organized."

What do you like best?

I have been a Mendeley user for 5 years now, and I use it every day to keep the research articles organized. The key feature of Mendeley is the ability to organize research articles across different topics/research-areas by creating folders. Also, an inbox like listing of the articles provides an overview of the library and it is easy to search for an article. In addition, the articles in a folder can be sorted quickly based on the authors, title, year, date added etc. For each selected article, the panel on the right side of the interface provides all the metadata and the ability to add notes. Most importantly, the articles are synced to the user's online account, and it is easy to access the article through the web interface.

What do you dislike?

The desktop application, though has various nice features, still needs a lot of improvements. For example, when adding notes to an article, one cannot change the font in the edit box. Also, resolving duplicate articles is still a complicated task. There are options to filter the articles by using filters "authors" "tags" etc. However, the interface provides no option to search for a filter value. This is a time-consuming task. Also, the interface should have an auto sync feature everytime the application receives the focus.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are trying to find an online/desktop library to organize the research articles, Mendeley is the best software available today. Mendeley is rich with features, and its ability to sync all the articles to an online account makes articles accessible anywhere and on any device. With Mendeley web import addon it is easy to add new articles to the library and it saves time significantly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley mainly helps to organize the research articles. Thousands of articles can be managed with ease when using Mendeley. Searching for articles is quick on Mendeley, and hence a lot of time is saved. Mendeley web addon (Import to Mendeley) makes it quite easy to sync articles from the web to the user's Mendeley account. Without this feature, one needs to download and add the articles to the library which is time-consuming. Also, the ability of Mendeley web addon to import articles from pretty much any website is highly commendable.

Mendeley review by User in Environmental Services
User in Environmental Services
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"Writing Scientific Papers with Mendeley "

What do you like best?

Mendeley has a lot of great features including cite while you write, but what sets them above other software is that it also functions as a PDF manager. You can organizes papers into folders by topic, view, read, highlight and take notes within the document. There is also a search tool that searches both the title and throughout the articles.

What do you dislike?

It does not always import italics well, you have to edit manual with HTML commands. The same for accent marks in author names, but I am not aware of a way to change efficiently add accents.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try, it is totally worth it and they have great tutorials on their website.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley makes organizing your references within papers easy with cite while you write. You can change the style to any journal format with a simple click of a button with their word plug in.

Mendeley review by Dan W.
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"Easy way to manage publications"

What do you like best?

I love how I can keep all the publications, relevant to my multiple areas of work, organized for easy access. The ability to search multiple paper and have them all stored on the cloud is ideal for anyone in research.

What do you dislike?

There are a few instances (very few) where I must repeatedly log in again to re-link my account and occasional issues where data fields aren't automatically populated from an uploaded PDF but nothing that is a major impact on my use of Mendeley.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am constantly using Mendeley to quickly search a collect of publications for answers or data that is directly related to my work. When working in scientific research, it is important to manage a collection of publications relevant to your work than can be easily search for data that is related to current research projects.

Mendeley review by User in Higher Education
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"A Great Way to Manage Citations"

What do you like best?

Mendeley is useful for storing and organizing citations, and for citing sources.

What do you dislike?

Some journals use the same citation style, such as AMA. If a journal uses the AMA style, that journal may not be listed. Instead, the user would have to know to select the AMA style. This can be cumbersome for some users. All journals should be listed, regardless of overlapping styles.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do you need something that can find the full text?

Do you need to be able to import duplicates?

Do you need to be able to share citations?

Do you need to be able to cite while you write?

How much storage do you need?

Do you need a solution that is 100% cloud-based?

Do you need something that is free?

How robust of a product do you need?

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Document and PDF management

Citing sources

Mendeley review by Alycia F.
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"A great program for organizing and formatting references"

What do you like best?

Mendeley has saved my paper over and over again throughout college and graduate school. Formatting citations, especially while reading the article and writing a paper, can be so tedious and often is left to the end. This causes a mad scramble the night before the due date to get all citations in order and avoid accidental plagiarism. Not with Mendeley! You can upload articles and papers as you go, and it will format based on the type of formatting you choose. It supports many types of literature and can format MLA, APA, etc nearly always correctly. There are only some times when I have to alter the automatically generated citation, and they are few and far between.

What do you dislike?

The interface can be difficult to understand at times, especially for beginners. Further, like I said, sometimes you have to adjust the automatic citation because it does not pull the right information out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reduces instances of plagiarism, keeps formatting consistent, and is a simple reference organizational tool.

Mendeley review by Signe J.
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"Great reference software that simply work"

What do you like best?

Mendeley is simple, user friendly, free of charge, and does everything more expensive software like Refworks and Endnote does, only in my experience, it does it better. Importing references works smoothly, and the add-in even works with the newest version of word for mac (currently, Word 2016 version 16.xx). Furthermore, Mendeley has a function that can search for papers related to a selected reference, which is a great way to quickly find more sources on a specific topic.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing to dislike in Menderley.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley provides an easy way to organise your references and to create and format in-text citations.

Mendeley review by Brian T.
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"Helpful organization and reference tool"

What do you like best?

I can keep all my saved literature in one place which is easy to search. I especially like the web-browser plugin that allows me to transfer information on a paper directly from the journal site to my Mendeley account, and even downloads the PDF if it's available. I also find the reference manager plugin for Word very useful. There are a number of templates for citation style built in, and I was able to define my own for a journal I frequently submit to.

What do you dislike?

Importing article information from some files can be error prone. Newer PDFs work well and so does the web import feature. It can be difficult to define a citation style; the interface is not easy to use, but with some effort I figured out how to do what I needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping track of scientific literature and managing references in papers I write.

Mendeley review by User in Research
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"Frustration with Mendley"

What do you like best?

Really user friendly. I like that it has a word plug in which makes adding citations to documents really simple. Great thing about this software is that it is free.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately, the latest update for the word plug in has too many bugs. Additionally, it can me hard to use the service when someone else adds the citations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great free program. Highly recommend if you have a lot of references to manage. PDF files can be saved in the desktop program as well as online. Additionally, citations can be added into word documents using their word plug in. At the end of writing you are able to easily generate a bibliography page. Unfortunately, there are bugs in the latest update of their word plug in, but it appears as though the company is aware and working to fix it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program makes inserting citations so simple. It's easy to keep organized and saves a lot of time.

Mendeley review by Massimo N.
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"Fantastic program that makes referencing easy"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that Mendeley works well with Microsoft word. It easily allows me to format and create in-text references, as well as creating a referencing page. I also enjoy that it will update information as it is changed within the document, as well as within Mendeley itself.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that there are some issues with identification of the correct information to extract from a PDF in order to reference the correct information, which I then have to manually alter. This may be due to the quality of the PDF's, but there may be a way for Mendeley to improve their identification algorithm.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Mendeley is a great program that makes referencing a snap when writing papers, doing assignments or anything else that needs to have references in it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using this program for creating technical documents, writing scientific articles and as a way to organize the PDFs that I have, such as text book chapters, journal articles and notes.

Mendeley review by User in Research
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"Easy way to keep your articles organized "

What do you like best?

What I like the most about Mendeley (besides how quick and easy it makes referencing your sources) is that it keeps your papers super organized. It allows you to classify the papers in folders, mark the interesting ones as favourites, and access them from any computer. Moreover, since it is possible to search for keywords within your library, it allows you to track back papers when you forget the author or the tittle ("who talked about X topic?"). I also like the fact that you can recieve article suggestions based on your library uploads. I have found relevant articles thank you to Mendeley suggestions more than once!

What do you dislike?

In some occasions the article details are not filled in automatically or are incorrect. Also, when I move the PDFs from one folder to another in my computer, the articles are no longer accessible on Mendeley and I have to upload them again.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Mendeley to reference my sources while writing scientific articles and as a way to organize my PDFs. Clearly, the main benefit of using Mendeley is time saving.

Mendeley review by Suzanne A.
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"Critical tool"

What do you like best?

The citation generator in the Mendeley add-on in Microsoft Office Word. It is easy to use and saves a LOT of time. It can create a full reference list and in-text citations. Also, the ability to access and manage articles in real time across multiple platforms. So articles are accessible at any given moment.

What do you dislike?

The information on the downloaded articles is not always current/accurate and certain characters are not translated properly, which results in incorrect references when generating citations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is essential for graduate students writing their thesis or dissertation!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scientific writing and research - literature management

Mendeley review by User in Higher Education
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"Beneficial bibliography software "

What do you like best?

This is an helpful tool for organizing and taking notes on articles. The Word integration feature is also quite beneficial although the citations often need to be edited. I also love that it can be used across multiple computers and serve as a storage location for articles.

What do you dislike?

The reference page generated often has multiple errors and can be timely to revise. Also, it can be difficult to sort through notes and combine notes across sources. The search function also often sorts articles oddly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Worth trying as a free alternative to other bibliography software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Mendeley to organize articles while writing. I found using it to be quite helpful while writing my dissertation because it at least provided me with a skeleton of my reference page. I find it less helpful when writing a typical journal article.

Mendeley review by User
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"Great software for managing research papers"

What do you like best?

Love the organizational aspects of Mendeley. You can great folders, keywords, and tags. I also use the highlighting and notes a lot when writing my own research papers. You can also upload your database of papers to the cloud, which means whenever you install it on a different device, you'll be able to access all of your content from wherever you are.

What do you dislike?

There isn't much to dislike, but I wish there was some kind of collaborative feature where you can annotate papers with colleagues and see each others' notes on the paper. If it had some of those features like Google Drive offers, it would be perfect!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mendeley is widely used in the scientific research community, so it solves the problem of compatibility with others' files and annotations. Scientific research also requires many references to other papers and this solves the problem of organizing all of those sources.

Mendeley review by Rebecca B.
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"Software for organizing and annotating academic articles"

What do you like best?

Provides for organization of academic articles across devices. Also allows for annotation and note taking on articles while reading, which are also synced across devices. It also has a word plug in that allows you to cite while you write, which is invaluable.

What do you dislike?

Software feels a bit dated. It also experiences syncing issues, with conflicting syncs across devices. The online search capabilities also do not work well and miss articles that an in browser search pulls up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are other alternatives out there, but Mendeley is cheaper than alternatives.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows for the organization and annotation of academic articles.

Mendeley review by Leah C.
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"Life changing product!"

What do you like best?

Super easy to use. The option to save full-text articles is amazing. The library organization system is intuitive. The page scrubbing is quick and helpful. The syncing works wonderfully and makes it easy and awesome to quickly save or access things from any computer or device! The citing and bibliography tools are super easy and Word integration is seamless.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. I honestly haven't found any flaws with this product yet, but I've only been using it for a few months.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to save articles from any device for access later, the ability to cite quickly and RELIABLY!

Mendeley review by Denean K.
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"Made my thesis and journal submissions easy"

What do you like best?

I love that with mendeley you can easily create in text citations in microsoft word and they will not crash to another computer without the plug-in. I also love that i can easily find duplicates.

What do you dislike?

You can only create one version of an in-text citation. For instance, I could not reference authors or the year in the sentence withot making manual edits.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to get the Google Chrome web importer. It is one less step to upload articles from your web browser than to upload from your downloads folder.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was able to switch from IEEE and APA formats easily, and also save copies without references to check word count. This makes it easier to edit submissions to journal requirements.

Mendeley review by Francisco S.
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"Saty organized!"

What do you like best?

It is very useful software that helps you organize all of your digital library. It is ideal for a research, specially in the related work section, and the bibliography, as it allows you to export the bibliography directly for LaTeX.

What do you dislike?

Even though it is not the software fault, many times, the metadata present in the papers and books is buggy, so when you import the papers into Mendeley, all the information is messy, and one have to fix it by hand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It really does help you to keep you digital library organized. Don't hesitate to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In many academic writings I used the same references over and over again, and every time I had to take care of the citations, which is a heavy and tiresome task. Searching for a way to make this process more easy, I found Mendeley, a software that has help me a lot in this task.

Mendeley review by Esmitt R.
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"An excellent reference manager!!"

What do you like best?

To find, store and organize our literature, Mendeley is an excellent option! It works en several operating systems, ease to use, import/export very easy and well formatted, allows synchronization on different machines, and more features.

The annotations per each article is a keystone of the system (in my opinion). Several references are found

"on the way" without a clear idea about the content, but them are related to a particular search. Well, this information can be stored as a annotation to associate a reference with a particular search. That's amazing, it keep our mind free of remainders!

What do you dislike?

Well, is a freemium software. That's not a disadvantage, I dislike that. Also, there is no open source (in comparison with other solutions such as Zotero or Docear), but it is not bad at all.

Moreover, the graphical user interface is not "well-looked", is normal. It could be a disadvantage for exigent users, but is totally functional: effective.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have a lot of references?

You work on several topics on your research? school?

Then Mendeley is a good option to store them, instead using single .txt files on dropbox o gdrive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My main concern was about the availability of the data in everywhere. Particularly, I work using PC, desktop, phone and tablet, and the availability is crucial! Mendeley works fine on that. Actually the web version is terrific, simple but it works.

Then, to get a reference (and don't use the full memory) is an excellent tool to be used when a article/blog/scientific report should be written.

Mendeley review by Hillary F.
Hillary F.
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"Makes citations easy, but a few bugs"

What do you like best?

I like that I can easily add my references to Microsoft word. The chrome plug in is great as well.

What do you dislike?

Some I have to manually add because the plug in wont work. Also, it doesnt recognize italics and I have to edit those manually. That can be very time consuming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Utilize. But expect to edit references and be prepared for things to not save appropriately.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes writing papers and documents a lot easier. Also great to share collections of papers with my co-workers.

Mendeley review by User in Higher Education
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"Best software to manage publications"

What do you like best?

Mendeley is an amazing software and asset for scientific writing and publishing in Journals. Mendeley is super easy to use. I like the option to save full-text articles. I also like the ability to search multiple scientific articles and have them all stored.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing I dislike about Mendeley so far. Sometimes, the journal titles, authors or other information would not appear correctly, and I had to change it manually. Also I see citation duplicates even if no duplicated entry was inserted.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work with Mendeley when writing research papers and manuscripts. Writing grants and research papers is super easy with a tool like Mendeley. Mendeley has greatly aided me in building a collaborative research library. Mendeley helps me to keep my library organized.

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