2015-08-28 12 08 41_resizedCongratulations to our August Advisor of the Month: Ruth Harrison, who is the Head of the Scholarly Communications Management team at Imperial College London, meaning that she leads the development researcher and education support services and activities provided by the Library Services, particularly those related to open access, research data management and information literacy teaching, including study skills support.

Ruth studied Politics and History at University of Newcastle upon Tyne and then completed her Masters in Information Services Management while working as a library assistant at Imperial College London. Several jobs later, she is still based in the Library Services department at Imperial, and is now Head of Scholarly Communications Management, working primarily to enable researchers and students to communicate and disseminate their work, whether they are an undergraduate or senior member of academic staff.

We at Mendeley are very thankful to Ruth, as she has been an avid and enthusiastic usability tester for our development team and is often in the Mendeley office trying out our new ideas, giving us honest and constructive feedback!

How did you get into your field and what is your research story?
I don’t have a research field, although I briefly dabbled with the idea of doing a PhD in education a few years ago. If I did, I think now it might be how the impact of research can be communicated…

Where do you do your research/work the best? What kind of environment suits you? 
I work in an open plan office, which suits me most of the time, despite being an introvert – I don’t like complete silence and it’s good to have work colleagues around. That said, I do crave a quieter space occasionally so hide when I can!

How long have you been on Mendeley?
I started using Mendeley very soon after it was launched after meeting Jan and Victor at an event for librarians; I was intrigued to know what researchers would want to use and would be using.

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How does Mendeley influence your research?
The nature of my job is that I try to check out as many researcher orientated tools as possible.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor and how are you involved with the program?
It seemed a good way of being recognised for all the consultation and advice I provided in the early days, and that I hope I continue to provide. Other colleagues in our Library are now more involved in providing information to our researchers on a daily basis about Mendeley.

What academic/researcher/librarian would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?
I have never thought about that! Ada Lovelace or any of the early female scientists and researchers. We need more now.

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David Crystal’s ‘The story of English in 100 words’ – because I love language!

What is the best part about working in research?
Finding things out – that’s why working in the information profession appealed.

And the worst/most challenging part about working in research?
If I were a researcher, I’d probably say the admin. Explaining policies is definitely a current challenge for those of us in research support.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?
That it was developed for researchers by researchers!

During our recent trip to Washinton DC this July, we held an event at the Wilson Center to discuss topics relevant to NASA’s New Horizons mission, specifically looking at Innovation, Collaboration and Accomplishment in Science and Technology.

Our event was attended by more that 100 people to whom we presented a series of lightning talks from Mendeley and NASA. These videos are now available to watch on our YouTube Channel along with a summary video of our DC adventure.

The talks were kicked off by Jan Reichelt (Co-founder and CEO, Mendeley) who gave us a brief welcome and introduction, which was followed by Paul Tavner’s (Educational Resources Manager, Mendeley), introduction to the report that he produced, ‘New Horizons: From Research Paper to Pluto’.

Beth Beck (NASA Open Innovation Program Manager, HQ Office of Chief Information Officer) gave a fascinating presentation on Space Apps, as well as providing insight into the gender gap in the hacking/data science culture as well as ways in which NASA is engaging with citizens and enabling them to use NASA data.

We then heard from our Director of Scholarly Communications, William Gunn, who talked about the importance of open science, as well as why it matters to both NASA and Mendeley.

Callum Anderson (Development Manager, Mendeley), covered the topic of storing and using data and the importance of sharing data and making it available via API, which is something that Mendeley do. Callum gave some interesting examples of such data sharing.

Rob Knight (Software Engineer, Mendeley), introduced the topic of “hacking”, and explained why hacking is important, especially for companies like Mendeley. Rob then introduced the winners of our Space Hacks,  George Kartvelishvili and Richard Lynne, as well as the team of Policonnect. George demoed his Woket Launch System and simulated the New Horizon’s mission, while Richard showed us how he has been detecting Galactic Centres using Spark’s k-means clustering algorithms. We next hear form Dan Morgan Russell of PoliConnect, which connects lawmakers to policy experts in an anonymous way to allow open and honest communication.

Lastly, Robbertjan Kalff (Social Project Manager, Mendeley) talked about tracking the impact of scientific publishing and gave us some insight on the societal impact of that.

Afterwards, we had a chance to meet some of the audience and our Advisor community at our networking event at the Laughing Man Tavern.

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With the update of the Mendeley API last September, it was about time to give the Labfolder Mendeley Extension a polish as well.

Labfolder is an online tool where laboratory scientists can plan, document, and evaluate their experiments all in one place, allowing them to focus on the tasks they enjoy the most: making discoveries, developing new hypotheses and finding new applications. Just like Mendeley, Labfolder is available online, as well as on your Android or iOS devices.

Laboratory work and scientific literature go hand-in-hand, and so it was a no-brainer for us to integrate Mendeley as one of the first Labfolder extensions, allowing researchers to read, integrate and cite their scientific literature, whilst planning and conducting experiments. Additionally, laboratory notes and experiment details can also be uploaded to Mendeley directly, allowing researchers to manage and share experimental notes within the literature database. The API integration with Mendeley therefore closing the gap between laboratory and literature.

To see how the Mendeley integration works, watch this video:

When updating the integration of Mendeley in Labfolder, the new Mendeley API provided us with new functionality that permitted significant improvements:

Firstly, the API update allowed faster loading of the library. In the previous versions of the API, an identifier had to be retrieved for every document in the library. With this identifier, the metadata (author, title, year of publication etc.) would be retrieved for every single document. With the new API, it is possible to retrieve the entire library with one API call, allowing a faster access to all documents, even when the Mendeley library is quite large.

Additionally, the new API allows the display of file names of imported literature. When importing PDF files, including scientific literature from Mendeley into Labfolder, the previous version of the API did not support a handover of the name of the original file. With the new API, the file name of the original file is automatically imported as well, making the management of literature content within Labfolder a lot easier.

We are happy that, together with Mendeley, we can bring these improvements to help researchers with their work. Future improvements will, however, not only depend on technical innovations, but also from the input of you, the users! In order to help us to further improve, please do the Labfolder team at and tell us how you like the new Mendeley App – and what we can do to make it even better and your life’s even easier.

Mendeley is growing and wants to be on the edge of innovation, to better serve our users. It is therefore essential for us to be present where the technological (r)evolutions happen. So we send our developers to some of the biggest IT conferences around the world where they can learn about the latest development trends, find inspiration and speak with other developers.

Most recently we sent Stefano, (one of our developers from the Mobile Team) to the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, and this is the basis for today’s guest blog post.

From the 8th – 12th June 2015, I went to the Apple WWDC at the Moscone Center in San Francisco – this is where all development innovations on Apple platforms take place, and developers meet to talk about these latest products.

Aside from the mainstream keynote presentation, where Apple showcased the next major versions of its operating systems (OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watch OS 2) and the new service Apple Music, the WWDC is the main opportunity for an Apple platform developer to learn new technologies in advance, consolidate the knowledge as well as to have the opportunity of speaking with Apple Engineers and asking them whatever questions.

The conference in fact was composed by three different types of training:
– Sessions where Apple engineers talk about new features and best practices.
– Labs offer a unique opportunity to spend time in a one-to-one discussion with an Apple engineer.
– Lunch sessions are less technical and more oriented on inspirational topics.

The main benefit of all these training sessions is to speed up the development of new features and to improve the integration between Apps and the Apple ecosystem, especially with the next generation of operating systems.

With more than 5000 developers and 1000 Apple engineers arriving in the city from all over the world, there were also plenty of side events during the conference days in San Francisco including some hosted by other companies based nearby. These provided additional training opportunities, but also a chance to catch up with other developers and speak face-to-face with some of our business partners who develop technologies that we use to create and test the iOS app. For instance I had an interesting chat with the developers of the PDF library we use in Mendeley iOS and I had the opportunity of clarify some doubts with the makers of the crash report tool we currently use to improve our products. I also visited the HQ of a potential partner where I got an overview of their products.

The time spent outside the conference place was as useful as the time spent inside for another reason: notorious bloggers of the Apple world and well known indie developers organised their own events, and so I had the opportunity of networking and partaking in technical discussions with people I that have previously only read and communicated with from in front of a screen.

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Coming out of this conference, we have already started to work on some of the hints  from the Apple engineers to improve some weaknesses of the Mendeley iOS App, for instance the internal search it’s faster and more reliable in version 2.7 just released, and we will improve the general stability and security of our mobile product. We will also be working on supporting multitasking on iPad in iOS 9 and adding new ways to import and open PDFs in our App.

We have also started to think about how to interact with the new intelligent search and proactive assistant made available from Apple that will permit searching documents in the user library directly from the iOS search… And maybe in the future ask Siri to lookup a paper for you within Mendeley!

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In June we announced that NASA’s Science Program Manager Adriana Ocampo had extended a very special invite for the Mendeley team to be at NASA HQ to witness the Pluto New Horizons Encounter! Naturally we were excited about this incredible opportunity… so much so that we focused four of our internal hack-days on space-themed hacks, and the hackers that received the most votes won places on the trip across the ocean (we’ll tell you all about the hacks in an upcoming blog post).

So after lots of planning and preparation, off we flew to Washington DC with 20 space enthusiasts from the Mendeley, Elsevier and Newsflo team…


Upon arrival in D.C. the team was almost too excited to sleep in anticipation of the early rise for the July 14th New Horizon’s closest approach to Pluto at NASA HQ scheduled for 7.49 am (EST)!

We were struck with the real gravity of what was happening – The New Horizons mission, to the Dwarf Planet Pluto, is a pioneering feat of astronomical research that was launched back in January 2006, and this would be the first time ever that we’d be able to see properly see Pluto – and we were there to witness the final arrival at this far distant world.

“We don’t know exactly what we’ll see, but we know from decades of experience in first-time exploration of new planets that we will be very surprised” – Ralph McNutt, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).

We waited patiently in the auditorium until the countdown began… 10… 9… 8… after 9.5 years, a total of 3463 days of traveling up to 47,000 mph for more than 3 billion miles, New Horizons was finally making it’s Pluto Flyby… 3… 2… 1… 0!!!!

After the excitement died down, we were lucky to be joined by two NASA staff – Planetary Geologist Sarah Noble and Planetary Science Division Program Officer Christina Richey. These two knowledgeable Women in STEM talked to us about the mission, answering all of our questions about New Horizons and Pluto.

During the event, we were joined in the auditorium by a class of Colombian school children who were learning about planetary science. Our Spanish speaking Software Engineer, Carles Pina, was subsequently involved in some spontaneous outreach and took the time to talk to the school group about programming and why it’s a useful skill – inspiring the next generation of Software Engineers!

We also had the privilege of interviewing Beth Beck, NASA’s Open Innovation Program Manager, about New Horizons as well as issues and solutions for women in data. You can watch the video here.


After lunch in the botanical gardens, we had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Our guide, U.S. Air Force veteran Vince, gave us a wonderfully educational guide, taking us on a journey from the first human flight attempts through the advancements in aviation, all the way to exploring the planets and human space travel.

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On Wednesday July 15th, we hosted some Mendeley events to coincide with the publication of our report “New Horizons: From research papers to Pluto“, a document examining the role of academic publishing in launching and learning from deep space missions – which is freely available to download.

In the afternoon at the Wilson Center, our NASA’s New Horizons: Innovation, Collaboration and Accomplishment in Science and Technology event was attended by more that 100 people. Here, we presented a series of lightning talks from Paul Tavner (Educational Resources Manager, Mendeley), Jan Reichelt (Co-founder and CEO, Mendeley), Beth Beck (NASA Open Innovation Program Manager, HQ Office of Chief Information Officer), William Gunn (Director of Scholarly Communications, Mendeley), Callum Anderson (Development Manager, Mendeley), Rob Knight (Software Engineer, Mendeley), Robbertjan Kalff (Social Project Manager, Mendeley), our two space hack winners George Kartvelishvili and Richard Lynne, as well as the team of Policonnect. We will be sharing the video footage of these talks with you soon on our YouTube channel! In the mean time, check out our summary video here.

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In the evening, we held a networking meet-up at the Laughing Man Tavern. This event gave us a chance to meet some of our dedicated Mendeley Advisors, to discuss New Horizons, research and Mendeley. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet so many.

Finally, with an invigorated enthusiasm for space science, our NASA badges, and an awesome story to tell… we packed our bags and flew back to Europe.



We’ve been working on overhauling our search features in Mendeley for iOS for the last couple of month. With Mendeley 2.7 now available on the app store, you can get your hands on these improvements today! Here’s a rundown of what’s new:

Filter by tag

We’ve integrated tag filtering into the search interface.

  1. Start typing a search term into the search box.
  2. If that term matches the name of a tag, the matching tag will display as a suggestion above the search results
  3. Tap the suggested tag, and you’ll see a list of all documents with that tag

This works in folders or groups, and the filter will only show documents from the folder you’re in (and it’s subfolders) or the group you are in, just like regular search results.  Searching from the main screen searches “All documents”.  We are planning to add other suggested filters into this in the future, such as authors or publications.

Recent searches

Once you’ve searched a couple of times, you may notice that when you select the search box, it will display your last 4 recent search terms, or recent tag filters.  These are only saved on your device, so they’ll be cleared if you reset your database or switch to a new device.  Recent searches are only available on iOS 8 and above.

Search indexing improvements

In addition to the above, we also put a lot of effort into making the search indexing quicker and more efficient.  Previously, users with medium or large libraries may have noticed that search did not return any results after doing a first sync, or if you were unable to sync successfully for some reason.

We’ve completely overhauled the way we handle search (with some great tips from Apple at WWDC this year), and users that previously had these problems should find the search much better to use.

Let us know what you think!

Have a play with the new version, and leave us a rating or a review on the App store.  We love to hear what people think of the App, and it really does help spread the word about Mendeley.

You can look forward to more updates in the near future, thanks!

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Think Global UK Japan is a the first UK-Japan Forum on International Perspectives in Education, and will host its first events in Japan during August 2015. The aims of this organisation is to facilitate an exchange of ideas between Japanese and British teachers, to encourage a global outlook in the classroom, for both students and teachers, to embed a global perspective in teacher professional development in Japan and the UK, and to promote gender equality in education and in global leadership

During the events this August, teachers from the UK and Japan will meet in forums and seminars in Fukushima, Kyoto and Tokyo. They will exchange ideas and resources about how to encourage and develop a global ethos among teachers and students with the aim of developing a programme of forums in the UK and in Japan, and to offer seminars and training for teachers.

Today’s guest blog post comes from this new Mendeley partner as we work to support the development of a global education ethos to benefit both teachers and students.

The Think Global UK Japan Project is delighted to team up with Mendeley, who will be sponsoring their venture in Japan this summer, and working together for future events in the UK. Lizzy Murdock, Head of Biology at a London school and member of the Think Global team, came across Mendeley at a Pint of Science event and instantly saw the opportunity for a productive partnership with them.

There is a demand for access to research papers among teachers in the UK, and the need for a network to share this information. Mendeley could help bridge the gap between research institutions and schools, and allow teachers and researchers to communicate directly and share ideas. It could also easily allow this collaboration to happen on an international level, and offer a forum for discussion around areas of common interest and the research that informs these interests.

The Think Global team will be in Japan this August delivering workshops at three venues – in Fukushima, Kyoto and Tokyo. The workshops are for Japanese teachers and are all based on the theme of global citizenship and international awareness. The members of the Think Global team will be exploring these ideas through the perspectives of science, languages, humanities and technology. Representatives of Japanese universities will also be present at the workshops, and the team hope to build link with teacher training colleges and other Higher Education establishments as well as with schools across Japan.

There is a long history of research collaboration between the UK and Japan, extending back to the Meiji era when small groups of Japanese came to study at UCL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/about/japanese-pioneers . This project is a direct descendant of those programmes 150 years ago. It evolved naturally from the UK Japan Young Scientist Workshops, where British and Japanese students get together at top research institutions in the UK and Japan (such as Cambridge and Kyoto universities) to participate in real research projects with scientists. The teachers accompanying the students started to discuss teaching and learning in the two countries and saw the need for a separate event to develop ideas and share resources. This year sees the launch of the Think Global project, but there are already plans for a series of conferences and workshops in the UK next year, and talk of extending the programme so that in the future it is truly global. One way of doing this will be through the creation of an online forum for discussion for teachers.

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If you are interested in finding out more about the Think Global UK Japan Forum, please have a look at our website, or contact the organiser at rgallagher@thomas-hardye.net.

An advocate for encouraging more women into scientific research and STEM careers, in Japan Lizzy will be discussing how we can promote the sciences to girls as educators. Excitingly, the project will also be linking up with the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo – a global forum for discussion on how to promote “a society where women shine”. If you are interesting in this aspect of the project or in her workshop on bridging the gap between high school and university science, then contact her at e.murdock@skhs.net.

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Congratulations to our July Advisor of the Month, Mohammed Mousa. Mohammed is a final year medical student at Suez Canal University (Ismailia, Egypt). After his graduation from medical school, he’ll obtain the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree.

During his degree, he has contributed to published research on brain injury admittance and astigmatism treatments at Suez Canal University Hospital.

Mohammed took some time from his final year studies and hospital rounds to tells us how he moved from manual reference management to Mendeley, and why he enjoys working in research.

How did you get into your field and what is your research story?
Every year in our medical school we are subdivided into small groups, each group has to conduct a research project. I was a team leader for 3 successive years and, fortunately, all projects my team conducted were chosen as one of the best research projects in our school. We presented our work in 4 national conferences, participation in these conferences have helped me a lot in building a good network of colleagues from different places with different experiences who have the same interest in research. I think this helped me a lot in boosting my research skills. We also presented one of our research projects in The MacroTrend Conference on Health and Medicine: Paris 2013.

Where do you do your research/work the best? What kind of environment suits you? 
I like to work with friendly, enthusiastic, collaborative and creative colleagues. I think working in such environment will help us to have a good final outcome.

2How long have you been on Mendeley and what were you using prior to Mendeley?
Prior to Mendeley, I was writing references manually. It was a very challenging and tough job. I tried to use Endnote for a while but 1 year ago, I started using Mendeley.

How does Mendeley influence your research?
Now I’m very dependent on Mendeley. It’s easy to use software and saved a lot of my time. Also, it gives me a flexibility in my work.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor and how are you involved with the program?
When I started using Mendeley, I found that I have saved a lot of time and effort. I wanted to share this experience with all my colleagues who are interested and work in the field of research to help them in their own work.

What academic/researcher/librarian would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?
I’d like to meet Professor Mario Capecchi. He is a great researcher.

What book are you reading at the moment and why?
At this moment, I’m reading a book titled Principles and Practice of Clinical Research because I want to boost my research skills and knowledge.

1What is the best part about working in research?
I think the one the best parts of medical research is finding answers to your own or others’ questions. Also, you can add to the existing knowledge or even discover a new thing that wasn’t known before and I hope I can work in something like in the future.

And the worst/most challenging part about working in research?
Lack of resources is the main obstacle in research. You may have a very good research idea, but you can’t conduct this research idea due to lack of resources and lack of support. Another challenging part in research practice is patience. I think research is teaching us patience.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?
If you are working in the field of research, Mendeley should be one of your close friends. It can save your time and improve the efficiency of your work.

Dear Users,

Please be aware that due to essential maintenance work, on Saturday August 1, 2015 some users may not be able to access Mendeley services for approximately 4.5 hours between:

PDT 3pm – 7.30pm (Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -8 hr)
EDT 6pm – 10.30pm (Eastern Daylight Time, GMT -5 hr)
BST 11pm – 3.30am (Saturday night – Sunday morning, GMT +1 hr)
CEST 12am – 4.30am (Sunday, Central European Summer Time, GMT +2 hr)
CST 6am – 10.30am (Sunday, China Standard Time, GMT +7 hr)

Please check the World Clock Time Zone Converter (or a similar application) to convert the outage to your local time.

Check this page and our Support Twitter account @MendeleySupport for updates.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for using Mendeley.

The Mendeley team

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 17.13.22 “KNOW“ was the theme of the recently TEDxMRU (Vilnius, Lithuania), with the tag line: KNOW how to be present and ready for the future NOW!. This theme challenged attendees to reflect on today’s world and leave room to find their own answers to KNOWing how to stay present and be ready for the future NOW.

TEDxMRU’s aim was to spark  curiosity and provoke discussions by encouraging a search for new ideas and perspectives, which raise awareness about issues that make an impact on society (giving and receiving), education (constant learning and developing) and technologies (connecting the dots) NOW. The emphasis was on the future belonging to those who prepare for it NOW/today.

Since then, we’ve had a chance to speak to the winners of  the TEDxMRU Mendeley competition for best comments: Dovile Barzdaite (Mykolas Romeris University), Corneliu Munteanu (Academy of Economic Studies from Moldova), and Irena Alperyte (Mykolas Romeris University).

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Q: What did you talk about at TEDxMRU?

Irena: My main topic was creativity in every day life

Dovile: Suprisingly, I still feel TEDxMRU event, atmosphere and good emotions. I talked with many friends about this event and I shared things which inspired me there. During the event I wrote down some quotes, I am still thinking about it meaning and why did I write it down.

Corneliu: About TEDx I have only maximum intensity emotions, since I’ve participated in other national TEDx conferences…So I wanted to see the level of an TEDx event organized by the forces of one university. It was amazing…The main goal of TEDx events is to inspire… The MRU TED achieved this goal. I was left with only very big and positive feelings.


Q: What was it like competing at TEDxMRU?

Irena: nice to be heard and hear the others

Dovile: It was my first that kind of event. Therefore, I didn’t know what to expect, how excatly it works and so on. But I was suprised! Everything was well done, I saw how much work putted there. I didn’t see any mistakes. Every minute was like something new. I can easily give 9 points in 10 points scale.

Corneliu:  I haven’t felt the competion on the TEDx forum… I just expresed my thoughts…my ideas…about the speeches. It was interactive to agree/disagree or just comment something that I heard on the scene.


Q: What did you take away / learn from the event?

Irena: optimism and motivation to go on; not to get stigmatized by mistakes

Dovile: I took a lot of inspiring thinking. During the event I wrote down some quotes, I am still thinking about it meaning and why did I write it down.

Corneliu: I learnt not to give up… To follow my dreams… To believe in my own forces and ideas… To be proactive and to take as much as possible from life.


Q: How did the Mendeley TEDxMRU Group effect your experience of the conference?

Irena: I felt the sense of the community for the first time at MRU.

Dovile: It was really nice to join that group and read all feedbacks after the event, see people who I saw during the event. This group can people contact with each other if them need something.

Corneliu: During the conference I had a lot of ideas/comments…that I wanted to share. Breaks were too small or may be u will not find the right person to discuss your ideas. Mendeley was a very nice platform were people are posting…and getting feedback! Thanks a lot Mendeley for getting involved in such events and giving opportunities!!! P.S. I am using a lot now Mendeley being quite grateful. This is what I was seeking!