What makes Mendeley more than just a reference manager is the community of researchers who use our tool to share research, recommend papers to others, and collaboratively work together. In practical terms, what this means is that the work of finding and organizing a collection of papers about a specific topic can be shared by a group of people via Mendeley Groups. Hundreds of thousands of you have created groups and saved your colleagues hundreds of thousands of hours, which I like to think has made research progress at least a little faster. But the benefits of groups go beyond crowdsourced literature discovery – you can annotate and comment on the collection of papers as well. There’s recently been quite a lot of activity around the idea of commenting on research, given the high-profile launch of Pubmed Commons and the growing attention given to tools such as PeerLibrary and PubPeer. We believe that post-publication commenting on research can become an important part of scholarly communication, but the past few years of our experience and the experience of PLOS shows that much of the literature doesn’t elicit comments, for whatever reason. Here’s where we feel a combination of traditional editorial insight into what is attention getting can be blended with the crowdsourced approach to yield high quality comments on high quality research. Our first experiment with this is the launch of F1000 Prime recommendations on Mendeley. Check out these great papers chosen by experts in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in the first of what I hope will be a series of F1000 Prime groups. You can read F1000’s take here.
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