mendeley use case mendeley advisors guest blog connecting research disciplines community relations  The Brooke: Creating a true academic social network

(Polly Compston works in Kenya with Haroon from Afghanistan and Manish from India)

Earlier this year, we had the chance to meet with Polly Compston and members of The Brooke and do some collaborative training. The Brooke is an animal welfare organization, dedicated to improving working conditions for horses, donkeys, mules and their owners, in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Brooke both does practical on-the-ground programs and training in countries, and also supports animal welfare through funding and producing research on subjects like equine health and community development.

As such, they have a global network of researchers, some with more limited access to resources to others. Polly tells the story of using Mendeley to further The Brooke’s mission:

I spent two weeks this past February in Kenya, working alongside a truly international group of vets, from Kenya, Afghanistan, India, Egypt and Pakistan. I was struck by the contrasts between different people from different places. Now I am back in the UK, it has made me think about my place in the human jigsaw puzzle.

About four months ago, I started working as research advisor at the Brooke, an international NGO with a focus on animal welfare that aims to improve the lives of working donkeys, horses and mules in developing countries. Millions of people depend on these animals for their livelihood and are unable to earn a living, fetch water or farm their land without them. Kenya was my first overseas assignment with them, and I was amazed by the passion and dedication of my international contemporaries. Despite circumstances that are obviously difficult, they work incredibly hard for both animals and people, and are hungry for knowledge that will help in achieving the goals of improved equine welfare.

My role involves providing research support to our staff in eleven country programmes around the world, and this is where Mendeley comes in. We are in the process of implementing Mendeley so that our colleagues in other countries can have access to the same resources that we do in the UK. We are looking forward to using it as a collaborative tool, to facilitate communication within our professional network worldwide and increase its research capacity. The hope is that this will strengthen our community of working equid specialists—driving forward our goals, widening our scope and also giving ownership of this community and its resources to all of Brooke’s employees equally, rather than them having to rely on the UK office for all their information.

For example: at the moment when our vets are performing a literature review prior to initiating a study, they must look up references, in a language that isn’t their first, often through a tortuously-slow internet connection (think about the highlands of Afghanistan). Most often they are confronted with a paywall and so must email the UK office to see if we have that reference in our repository. Mendeley gives us the chance to provide a ready-made library that will be expandable, along with opportunities for discussion and links between different people who are interested in the same subjects: in other words a true academic social network. Our employees h­­ave one common goal – to ensure healthier,­ happier lives for donkeys, horses and mules in the communities that they work in; and they achieve this through community engagement, training programmes, service provision and advocacy strategies. Increasing cross-communication will strengthen the entire system.

Call it grass roots, sustainable, bottom-up or whichever other buzz word is being overused in development at that moment – facilitating change at the community level is a powerful tool and the idea of people working together to create that change is a strong one. I’m looking forward to using Mendeley to fit the pieces of our jigsaw puzzle together and in doing so start to build up a professional community that will ultimately serve the animals that work tirelessly to help their owners.

 

Today we’re very pleased to announce the latest update to Mendeley for iOS.  This release brings a refined user interface, that is designed to feel at home on iOS7 and above, but still retains the familiarity and usability of the previous design.  It’s currently rolling out slowly on the app store, but should be available worldwide in the next few hours.

progress update mobile 2  Mendeley for iOS7

What’s new

  • Refined user interface
  • Look up word definitions while reading PDFs
  • PDF Filenames output correctly when exporting to other apps
  • Fixed errors when importing PDFs from other apps
  • Fixed problems where annotations sometimes wouldn’t sync, or were lost when made off-line
  • Improved sync speed and general app stability

If you like the new version, please help us out and leave a rating or review on the app store.  It helps us out immensely.

iOS Version Support

Unfortunately, this is the end of the road for our iOS5 users, so if you’re one of the few people on an iPad 1, we’re really sorry.  You’ll be able to use the previous version of the app if you have them installed already, but it’s lifespan will end later this year when we retire the old APIs that it uses.  If you can justify it, the iPad Air and iPad mini’s are worth the upgrade.

This version supports iOS6, but the number of users who have this installed has dropped significantly since iOS 7.1 was released (far quicker than we anticipated), so you can expect support for iOS6 to be phased out within the next 3-6 months, and definitely when iOS 8 is released.

What’s next?

We will continue working hard to bring you great updates, as quickly as we can manage.  We can’t get too specific yet, but we are taking all your feedback seriously, and the app will continue to improve a lot over the course of this year.

We want to make it easier to import documents to your library with metadata lookups, web importer support and the ability to manually add references and folders.  We also want to improve search and filtering options, improve annotation capabilities further, and improve the experience for users who are new to Mendeley.

Android

(Because you’d yell at us in the comments if we didn’t give an update) progress update mobile 2  Mendeley for iOS7

We’ve now hired a lead Android developer, and are still hiring additional developers for that team.  Design has been ongoing for the last couple of months, and development will begin in the next couple of weeks, and we’ll be keeping an open dialog with the community about our progress.  Please understand that we won’t be rushing out an app quickly.  This would result in a poor quality experience and no one wants that.  Based on our experience with iOS, we are expecting to deliver something towards the end of this year.

 

guest blog  Crowdfunding for New Stem Cell Research into MS Treatment

Dr. Saud A. Sadiq and Dr. Violaine K. Harris
of Tisch MSRCNY’s Division of Regenerative Neurology

On the Mendeley blog we’ve often talked about ways that crowdfunding is helping to finance some important research projects. This month’s guest post features a campaign which already surpassed its goal of raising $300,000 to enable a study into a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, using stem cells to potentially repair the damage caused by the disease. MS affects over 2.3 million people worldwide, with about 200 more being diagnosed every week. The Tisch MS Research Center in New York (Tisch MSRCNY) is dedicated to finding the yet-unknown cause of this devastating illness and eventually curing it. Here they talk about their work and what they hope to achieve.

By: Dr. Saud A. Sadiq, Director at the MS Research Center of New York

In August of 2013, our non-profit laboratory and research center received FDA approval for a groundbreaking Phase I Clinical Stem Cell Trial. This exciting milestone took over ten years of research to achieve and brings indescribable hope to MS patients and their loved ones all over the world.

The study utilizes adult stem cells harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow and attempts to repair the damage caused by multiple sclerosis. This trial is the first of its kind to be approved in the United States.  Funding is like oxygen for research. Without financial support, our research into regenerative therapy cannot survive. Since Tisch MSRCNY has not received federal, state or corporate funding to cover costs of this study, they decided to use Indiegogo to secure the critical funding that is needed to take this forward.

Tisch MSRCNY launched its first crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com last month, spearheaded by newly elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, David Greenstein. David also provided the inspiration and hope illustrated in the video that was created for this campaign. “It was only natural to turn to the industry-leading capabilities and international reach of Indiegogo to help bootstrap the crowd sourcing needed to enable this important clinical trial,” stated David. The campaign reached its minimum goal of $300K but is still seeking support to fund the study, so people can continue to get in touch for more information and ways to help the work even after the official closing deadline. They can also do this via the Tisch MS Research Center Website.

Since the launch of the Indiegogo campaign, the cutting-edge research being conducted at Tisch MSRCNY has received more awareness. The center has achieved a greater presence on social media and has connected with the top MS bloggers who have helped spread the word about this important initiative. A sense of community has developed as patients, friends, supporters and philanthropists have to come together to give this mission wings to fly.

The most popular campaign perk has been the Stem Cell Star which features a photo of stem cell harvested in the Tisch Laboratory. Other perks include Article Dedication in which a donor will be acknowledged in the next research publication by a Tisch MSRCNY researcher. There are also opportunities to spend an Evening with the Researchers and take a Private Tour of the Tisch MS Laboratory with Dr. Sadiq.

We’re interested to hear from the Mendeley community about any crowdfunding initiatives they are involved with or perhaps about research they are considering for crowdfunding. Do you think that these new ways of funding medical research are important, or are there concerns that need addressing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

 

news  Happy Anniversary!

Dear Mendeley Community,

Wow, it’s now already one year after Mendeley was acquired by Elsevier, and as it’s probably common, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months, and tell you a little bit about the insights and how I think about Mendeley and Elsevier one year into the acquisition and what we’ve achieved so far.

The main reason why Elsevier and Mendeley came together was that the teams on both sides wanted to build something much bigger and much more useful for researchers and scientists, the end-users of digital products and digital content. In essence, how I like to describe it, the acquisition of Mendeley by Elsevier was “Mendeley’s biggest funding round ever”. Not only would working with Elsevier give us access to resources ($$$), but also to assets (digital products and great content) and knowledge (incl. publishing and customer relationships). Our joint vision is aligned around building a “global research collaboration platform”, with a very researcher-centric view. We felt and saw a serious commitment from the teams to work on a plan how this could realistically be implemented, given both companies’ quite different backgrounds, and using both companies’ resources, assets, and know-how. And as every start-up founder knows, “complementarity of the team”, assuming we can get alignment around the same strategy and we see commitment from everyone involved, is really what you are looking for…

Coming back to our joint plans and commitment from both Elsevier and Mendeley, in 2013 alone we hired about 15 more people, and this year we will hire at least another 20 staff. This allowed us to bring out a new Mendeley iOS version (and we’ve recently started to build our Android team – it’s one of the most requested features on http://feedback.mendeley.com, so yes – we continue to listen!), to continuously iterate on new Mendeley Desktop versions (with cutting-edge features), and also to support the Open Source CSL Project. We’ve also started work on a new web library, will improve our institutional offering MIE (Mendeley Institutional Edition, which institutions like MIT have adopted), and are currently completely revamping our APIs including the open API for third-party developers, with Mendeley Desktop also moving to these new APIs. Of course, on the back-end, the Mendeley engineering teams are also busy ramping up Mendeley’s scalability and security, to keep up with our growth! We integrated with existing Elsevier products, such as ScienceDirect and Scopus, which let millions of researchers use these products jointly much more efficiently (a seemingly small feature, but if you look at usage and how much time we save people, it’s quite impressive!), and Scopus has integrated Mendeley readership statistics, bringing more visibility to “alternative impact metrics”, or “altmetrics”, a movement which Mendeley helped to kickstart after all. … Wow! Quite a long list!

But we don’t stop there – Mendeley has also continued to support all kinds of open science efforts publicly, and just generally we continue to try to make positive contributions, and foster a challenging, high-tech, and vibrant company culture (with some pretty cool stuff coming out of our monthly hack days!), something that Elsevier was really interested in learning about and is actively trying to absorb. We push for openness, engage with our users and Advisors as much as before, and in many ways remain a leader in different types of discussions in the academic community. Our joint teams have also participated in and positively influenced company-internal policy discussions, around what a publisher like Elsevier should allow regarding academic social networking sites, etc. And right after the acquisition, we’ve increased the storage limits, and through the Elsevier sales team we’ve brought much more free Mendeley to many more end-users than we could have done on our own – and yes, Mendeley’s freemium model will remain.

The thing that keeps us going, most of all, is the feedback we get from our users, saying that Mendeley actually made a positive difference to their work and to their lives. And while I still think that Greg Laden calling Mendeley “the most fun you can have with your pants on” is hard to beat, here are a few more recent ones:

  • “I am quite passionate about Mendeley, specifically because of how much it helped me within my own research as I completed my MLIS degree as well as my MA in history (especially while working on my thesis).  I just recently started working as a full-time librarian. The library I work in uses and promotes EndNote extensively.  I have recently made suggestions to the organization that it could be a good idea to start promoting Mendeley as an alternative to EndNote and they seemed a bit hesitant to move forward.  I am hoping that if I am able to become a Mendeley Advisor, it will inspire the rest of the staff to get on board with promoting Mendeley.” Katherine, Librarian at Texas A&M University
  • “Before Mendeley I took approximately 10x more time to prepare a research article. And again if the article was not suitable for submitted journal–then again I’d have to arrange all the references with a different citation format. Sometime it took more than a week. But after Mendeley, I can do all this work within minutes. I am really so happy with this software. I recommended this software to my [post-graduate] students and staff members. They are learning this software under my guidance.” Samir, Assistant Professor at Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, India
  • “I manage academic technologies for the university, teach Sociology, and am a grad student as well.  I enjoy finding new technologies and teaching faculty and students how to use them to advance their academic careers.  I enjoy Mendeley as it is a great tool that also allows for social collaboration.” Aaron, Graduate Student, Southern New Hampshire University

It’s of course not all sunshine and ice cream (especially not in London…). Some of the things that have consumed our energy without much visible impact are the more corporate structures that have come our way, for example “back-office integration”; or more meetings with and sign-offs by more people (Elsevier is very consensus-driven); or more systems and processes with more approval layers, which has slowed us down, etc. But I can proudly say that the Mendeley team, with support from within Elsevier (!), has so far bravely fought the start-up fight against corporate structures, and we’re still running on Google Apps for Business. All-in-all we’re actually doing pretty well (see above) and have a great team spirit between the teams, considering what many times happens when a big company buys a small company. It’s maybe also just being part of “Mendeley growing up”.

So what’s ahead? The Elsevier/Mendeley team is now building a complete and highly engaging collaboration platform for researchers and scientists. Researcher-centricity has always been at the heart of what Mendeley stood for. And Elsevier has filled crucial “blind spots” in the product portfolio – we can now bring value to scientists along the whole workflow, from excellent high-quality content, to search and (social) discovery, evaluation, reading, storing, sharing, and annotating articles, submitting manuscripts, and networking with colleagues. By pulling together the different products and assets, we can leverage more data to deliver and drive more and better content (incl. third-party publisher content – Mendeley has always been publisher-neutral) to the right users, increase researcher productivity, and make it an awesome experience! The next steps on this journey are further product integration between Elsevier and Mendeley, working with additional publishers, and bringing Mendeley to more institutions around the world.

Concluding, I’m still impressed by the user love we get weekly, if not daily, from our team, our Advisors, and our users who I ask to continue to support us, challenge us, and to keep us on our toes, as that gives us as the Elsevier/Mendeley team leverage within the wider context of the much bigger company we’re part of now. Mendeley is a great company to work for and it’s a great team deserving this support. I really believe that all our efforts, before but also now jointly to some extend with Elsevier, have made science more open, collaborative, and accessible, in addition to making our users just simply more productive. I’m proud of everyone who has helped to create Mendeley, who has built bridges between Elsevier and Mendeley, who has helped us and challenged us on this journey – the academic world without Mendeley would certainly look different.

Thank you

Jan

PS: If you are interested in more background information, I’ve participated in a podcast a few weeks back about “Life after the acquisition” – you can listen here for more and BBC Radio 4 also broadcast a very interesting documentary today where I explain some of those points in more detail.

 

Continuing our series of introducing each of the Mendeley teams, it’s time to meet the Mendeley Web team.

At it’s most simplest description, the web team is responsible for the Mendeley website–making sure it functions correctly and allows for the networking and groups collaborations that happen online.

But, just as Mendeley is about working collaboratively, the Web team works closely with almost every team at Mendeley, ensuring that important features like the Web Importer, Sync, and Mendeley Discover work correctly. Their overall vision is to use cutting-edge technology to help ease the researcher workflow.

Paul Willoughby

Web Team Lead

mendelife community relations  Meet the Mendeley Web Team

Paul was born and raised in South London, and started developing websites about 15 years ago. Having had various jobs and freelance projects across the whole web development stack, he now focuses mainly on the front-end stuff.

Follow him on Github at  github.com/paulwib

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

As web team lead and senior front-end developer I’m normally up to my neck in meetings, JavaScript or meetings about JavaScript.

Favorite part about working at Mendeley?

Working on the next generation of tools for researchers. If I can contribute a little to the vision of the web as an open platform for sharing the worlds knowledge I’ll be very happy. If not, well there’s always the free beer. mendelife community relations  Meet the Mendeley Web Team

What do you like doing in your free time?

Cooking, reading, rummaging around in junk shops, wondering where I’ve put my keys.

Chris Barr

Senior Web Developer

mendelife community relations  Meet the Mendeley Web Team

Chris joined Mendeley in 2012. He graduated with a BSc in Media Technology from Oxford Brookes in 2007. His degree involved a lot of TV programme production, but the exciting challenges were with web development.

Follow him on Twitter @chriswbarr

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

Work on the web team developing the main Mendeley web codebase. Also responsible for web code deployments.

Favorite part about working at Mendeley?

I get to work with incredibly intelligent people who are passionate about what they do.

What do you like doing in your free time?

Where to start… I’m an Explorer Scout Leader, so I get to enjoy lots of outdoor activities and camping trips. I love motorsport, photography, cycling, hiking, travelling, hovercraft racing, to name a few!

Mátyás Buczkó

Front End Developer

mendelife community relations  Meet the Mendeley Web Team

Mátyás describes himself as “a passionate developer with the main focus on asynchronous javascript and how to tame it.” Mátyás moved to London in February to be part of the Mendeley team. Previously he worked in Budapest, Berlin and Santa Clara, “but London is by far the best!” he said.

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

I’m involved with all the quirks and wonders of front end development. So if you are using an old version of IE, I will hunt you down!

Favorite part about working at Mendeley?

The great team, cutting-edge technologies, challenge and the occasional beer on Fridays of course.

What do you like doing in your free time?

Travelling and dancing salsa make a perfect combination for my free time. There’s also a lot of hanging out with friends, good movies and some accidental programming on the weekends.

Radu Helstern

Back End Developer

mendelife community relations  Meet the Mendeley Web Team

Radu joined Mendeley in March 2014, moving from Sweden in search of a challenge.

He was born and raised in Romania and holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

I have an exciting and challenging role to deliver technical solutions that will help realise Mendeley’s vision for transforming research.

Favorite part about working at Mendeley?

Mendeley’s office in London is packed full with very talented, smart, dedicated people. [editor’s note: blush] They create an amazing positive atmosphere which is the perfect ingredient for innovation. Having joined recently, I am really excited to be a part of such an environment and to contribute to the development of a great product.

What do you like doing in your free time?

In my free time, I like to escape reality with the help of a good book (mostly sci-fi or alternative history) or improve my general knowledge about life, universe and everything.

Raúl Jiménez

Back End Developer

mendelife community relations  Meet the Mendeley Web Team

After finishing his MSc in Computer Engineering and wandering around Spain in different companies and roles, he decided that was time to see the world abroad, landing surprisingly close to Spain: the occasionally sunny London.

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

As a Backend Engineer, I help develop and improve Mendeley’s web products, but I’m always keen and happy to collaborate with other departments.

Favorite part about working at Mendeley?

The people! Either working side-by-side with enthusiastic, motivated and highly-skilled colleagues, or having a beer with them.

What do you like doing in your free time?

Unmentionable geek stuff, British humour, playing sports, cooking, learning useless but interesting things, laying under the sun.

Daniel Kendell

Web Technical Lead

mendelife community relations  Meet the Mendeley Web Team

I’m a self-taught developer who has worked on a number of different types of projects at various companies all with very different styles of working. I’ve worked in silos, in large teams and small teams. I’ve built frameworks, web services, internal applications and public facing sites. I think this varied experience has given me a pretty well balanced outlook on the art of software development.

Follow me on twitter at @mduk

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

As the technical lead, my primary responsibilities are to look after the overall architecture of the website, and help to hire the best people we can into the team. I also take an active role in helping to design the new generation of web service APIs that will powering Mendeley as we continue to grow and expand.

Favorite part about working at Mendeley?

Working on an interesting project, as part of a hugely multicultural and talented team, right in the heart of London.

What do you like doing in your free time?

In my free time you’ll often find me tinkering with various electronic projects or playing with music hardware. I am a keen Thereminist and this year I’ve also taken up the AXiS harmonic table. Still can’t keep time to save my life, but that doesn’t diminish my enjoyment. What am I, a metronome? I think not!

Mudi Ugbowanko

Senior Web Developer
mendelife community relations  Meet the Mendeley Web Team

Mudi’s full name is Mudiagahn Ugbowanko. Mudiagahn means “Stand Firm” and it’s Nigerian (which he is). Mudi looks at everything from a holistic, logical and empathetic perspective, which he says makes his job easier to manage (pushing keys to solve abstract problems!). When he’s not geeking out, he’s eating and having fun living life: “#WTH seriously, I love food and getting involved with anything the involves social interaction with other people! #getYourMindOutTheGutter!” he said.

Follow me on Twitter @renegare

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

No-nonsense get the job done, comedic Pro #contradiction?

Favorite part about working at Mendeley?

People are open minded. Projects are ambitious. Opportunities are plenty.

What do you like doing in your free time?

… eating

 

Congratulations and thank you to Othman Talib!uncategorized  Meet our March Advisor of the Month!

Othman became an Advisor just last month after letting us know about the hundreds of seminars he was teaching all across Malaysia since 2011. How Othman managed to stay under our radar for a long time…we don’t know how, but we are sure glad to know him now!

His talks integrates Mendeley with the academic thesis writing process and he’s developed an entire program of maximizing Mendeley and academic writing, full of interesting acronyms like:

ZDOT (Zero Draft of Thesis);

SROT (Speed Reading On Target);

FBOT (Filter Based On Theme);

OTOT (Operational Template of Thesis);

AFOT( Article’s Framework Of Thesis)

…and so on. If you can’t tell, Othman really loves his acronyms. Have you seen a common theme in his acronyms?  “As you notice my name is OT (Othman Talib) and now I’m OTFM (Official Trainer for Mendeley)!! People and friends call me just “OT” or “Dr. OT” he said.

Othman has written a book about Mendeley in Malay and is now working on its English translation.

How did you get into research and what do you research?

I received a Bachelor in Chemistry, Master in science education (both in Malaysia) and Doctor of Education in Science Education from The University of Adelaide, Australia.

I’m interested in research regarding science animation and now in the process of developing Apps for Organic Reaction Mechanisms.

How long have you been on Mendeley?What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I used EndNote during my studies. Then in 2010, I tried Mendeley because its free!! I was so surprised Mendeley is so easy to learn and then I started to use it in my research. Then I posted the steps of using Mendeley in my blog and now my blog is approaching 1 million reviews!

How does Mendeley influence your research?

Mendeley is a superb Reference Manager. Its easy to use, to learn and such a complete package for managing articles. I combine the use of Mendeley with my own technique, Zero Draft of Thesis (ZDOT), Dropbox, and MS Word, it becomes a complete, efficient and fast way to prepare an academic manuscripts (thesis, proposal, project, report etc)

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I just love to share with others in the Mendeley Advisor group.

How have you been spreading the word about Mendeley?

uncategorized  Meet our March Advisor of the Month!

I’m a lecturer of Research Methodology at Universiti Putra Malaysia. I’m also a consultant for my university as well as a speaker for Malaysian Postgraduates Workshop Series. I’m also an advisor for few government agencies. Most of the institutions invited me because they want to learn Mendeley from me.

I wrote a lot about Mendeley in my blog, as well as in my Facebook. I have thousands of friends in facebook and thousands of followers for my blog. My books such as ZDOT and Mendeley are also sold out and need to be reprinted!!

Feel free to explore my Facebook and blog. You can see the word Mendeley even if you don’t understand the Malay language.

What book are you reading at the moment and why?

I have my own books and my books are the best!! uncategorized  Meet our March Advisor of the Month!

Any fun fact people might be surprised to learn about you?

I not only teach the participants how to use Mendeley, but also how to use it effectively. I have written another book entitled “Research and Thesis: If I had only known” which motivate readers the fact that writing thesis / proposal is far easier with tools such as Mendeley.

What is the best part about being a researcher?

I love to explore. I love to share and teach. I already won 3 gold medals for my animation and got the opportunities to present my research at the  international level.

And the worse?

Nothing….. every single day is waiting to explore !!

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

A free brilliant reference manager !

This week saw the release of a new Pew Research Center report that explores America’s engagement with public libraries and the ways in which the digital era has changed our reading habits. Entitled “From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers – and Beyond: A Typology of Public Library Engagement in America”, the report found that public libraries continue to play a significant role in the lives of 69% of Americans. E-book reading is at an all time high.

news academic life  From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers

The authors also found a strong connection between Americans’ use of technology and engagement with libraries; the better connected we are, the more likely we are to seek out and use new information. That means that the internet, video games and television have not replaced the book just yet. In fact, e-readers have given us easier access than ever to literature, though the study showed that most Americans still read print books as well.

news academic life  From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers

We like to think the same is true for those of us in academia. When access to information is easier, we’re more likely to use it to enrich our own writing. By managing our books and articles more efficiently, we also engage more with new research, and we can follow trends and innovations in our field. Fortunately, open access combined with reference managers such as Mendeley puts your entire digital library at your fingertips, so you know you can rely on us to help you find what you need and to suggest the newest research! And all that, we hope, gives you more free time to focus on your research and the other things you love in life.

We’d love to hear from our readers. Does this report surprise you? Do you go to the library more or less often than you used to? Does new technology mean you borrow more ebooks or do you spend more time reading open access articles? What makes your local or university library great, and what could make it even better? Leave us a comment here, on Facebook, or Tweet us @Mendeley_com!

One of the great uses of public groups on Mendeley is maintaining a curated set of references about a given topic. This can become really handy for many different reasons. One of which might be the maintenance of a reading list. For this post, we will use the example use-case of a teacher that wants to maintain a reading list for their class.

By creating an invite-only public group on Mendeley, you can put together a list of references along with anyone you invite to the group. So, in our hypothetical teacher story, some potential invitees would be students or teaching assistants.

Ok, so let’s look at how this would work:

    1. Our teacher needs a website where the reading list will be embedded.
    2. Next step would be to create a public invite-only group to store the references they’d like to have listed on the website. This can be done in Mendeley Desktop or Mendeley Web.

tipstricks  How to series: Maintain a reading list on your website using Mendeley Groups [part 12 of 12]

3. Once the group is created, the teacher (or an invited member of the group) can add references to the group folder. Simply drag and drop references or PDFs into the group.

4. With the references added to the group, it is now possible to go ahead and get the necessary code to embed the reading list on the class website. The appearance of the embedded code can be customized via a set of option.

tipstricks  How to series: Maintain a reading list on your website using Mendeley Groups [part 12 of 12]

5. Once the HTML code is added to the website, it now dynamically updates whenever the reference list is updates within Mendeley Desktop. No more editing HTML or making changes to the website code.

tipstricks  How to series: Maintain a reading list on your website using Mendeley Groups [part 12 of 12]

By using the embeded code, no further HTML code is required to maintain the website. This means that next year, if the reading list needs updating, it’s simply a matter of adding, removing or updating references in the Mendeley Group.

Here are the previous entries in this twelve part How-to series:

 

elsevier  Scopus Now Features Mendeley Readership Stats!

A new feature on Scopus now shows users what the Mendeley readership statistics are for a specific article. The beta version has just gone live last week, and now it’s possible not only to see how many times a paper has been downloaded to a user’s Mendeley library, but also to view a handy breakdown by demographics such as what discipline those researchers belong to, what their academic status is, and their country of origin.

These stats will automatically show up on the Scopus Documents Details pages if at least one Mendeley user has saved the document to their library, together with a link back to the record on Mendeley (if not, then nothing will show up for that document, similar to the way that the Scopus Altmetric.com widget works).

Since 2012, Scopus has shown altmetric.com information, but the added Mendeley demographic breakdown adds another layer to that, giving a much more comprehensive view of an article’s impact, available instantly at a glance.  This means that when trawling through hundreds of abstracts (something that as a PhD student I have to do on a regular basis, so I feel your pain) you can quickly gauge which papers might be most relevant by seeing how many colleagues in your discipline have the document in their Mendeley library.

As well as saving you time, the feature enhances citation metrics because Mendeley readership demonstrates alternative types of academic influence. Research has shown some evidence supporting the fact that Mendeley readership counts correlate to some extent with future citations. On the other hand, the most read article on Mendeley, “How to choose a good scientific problem” (Alon, 2009), with nearly 55 thousand Mendeley readers, only has 5 citations on Scopus. It’s therefore not too unreasonable to think that you’d be in a much better position to make an informed decision about that paper’s impact if given both types of readership stats rather than just the one!

 

elsevier  Scopus Now Features Mendeley Readership Stats!

More details are available on the Scopus Blog  and you can also email the Scopus team with your feedback!

Mendeley is pleased to host guest blog posts from our Advisor Community on research life, collaborations, and workflow. Here Jorge Sinval writes about the connections he has made through his work as an Advisor.

By Jorge Sinval

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Mendeley represents a lot in my professional life: it made some important connections possible, and transformed my network. I’m a double degree PhD student in Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto, and, Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of Ribeirão Preto of the University of São Paulo.

Mendeley has given me the opportunity to meet several leaders in my field. Here are my favourite collaboration stories:

I first have to thank to my supervisor, Professor João Marôco (ISPA – IU), and to my co-supervisors, Professor Cristina Queirós (FPCE – UP) and Professor Sônia Pasian (FFCLRP – USP). They always support my Mendeley events, and the time I spend on them. Through them, I was able to make some especial contributions to Mendeley, such as faculty lessons.

Mendeley gave me the opportunity to meet Professor Carlos Lopes (ISPA – IU). He helped me improve my events performance, and, with his help, I was able to with develop various Mendeley events in ISPA, including one with the rector, Professor Rui Oliveira and his research team. He also gave me the opportunity to participate in a national meeting for the Higher Education librarians, where I did a Mendeley event. In this event, I met a lot of librarians from all over the country, and many of them helped me find journal articles.

uncategorized  Networking by spreading the word

One of my working projects is a systematic review with metanalysis, for the Cochrane Occupational Safety and Health Review Group. In order to accomplish this work, I need to have access to the maximum amount of databases. With Mendeley, I was able to meet a librarian from the Rectory of the University of Porto, Manuel Montenegro, and with him I could fill the list of the most pertinent databases for my study. He also helped me to design a special workshop for University of Porto librarians that took place in the “Old Collection” room, a space with a lot of history for our University.

Another interesting opportunity that Mendeley created for me was a meeting with a specialist in one of the areas of my interest. I met his PhD student in one of my Mendeley workshops and because I had a folder with the name “Job Insecurity”, she was able to connect me to her co-supervisor, who was visiting Portugal.

uncategorized  Networking by spreading the word

Through these connections, I was able to request the loan of a three volume book, from the only copy of the handbook in my country. It is like a Bible in my area of research, and it deserves the weight of carrying it.

My most recent event was at the ISCTE – IUL in Lisbon, where my brother, João Sinval, studies. I talked to the librarian Teresa Segurado, and the session occurred, it was one of the largest sessions I have given, as well as the most heterogenic, from graduate student to the pro-rector, Professor Susana Carvalhosa.

Mendeley continues to enrich my network. Before I started at my new University, I was already able to get to know a librarian from my institute, Solange Santana, before I even arrived! With this, all that I have to say is… Thank you Mendeley… For changing my way of doing research =)

Interested in writing a guest blog about your research life? Email Shruti Desai shruti.desai@mendeley.com.