Mendeley refocusing announcement: mobile app retirement

At Mendeley, we aim to help researchers work even more efficiently so they can spend their time making discoveries. Sometimes this means withdrawing lesser used products from service to allow us to focus on those products that are used by more of the Mendeley Community.

Users of the mobile app were informed on 10 February that the app would be withdrawn from the App Store and Google Play on 15 March and that they would no longer be able to sign in to the app.

While we understand that some users do indeed value the native Mendeley mobile apps, unfortunately overall usage figures show us that this feature does not support the majority of Mendeley users in the way that we had hoped. In line with our continued aim to support researchers as effectively as we can, discontinuing the mobile app will mean we can focus on the solutions that the majority of our users tell us they value most. This includes making improvements to Mendeley Reference Manager, Mendeley Cite and Mendeley Web Importer.

As Laura Thomson, Senior Director of Product Management explains, “Our team’s mission to develop solutions that most effectively support researchers means that we sometimes have to make some hard decisions about where we can focus our efforts. We’re really excited about our plans for 2021 and look forward to bringing researchers new and improved ways to simplify their workloads.”

If you are a regular user of the Mendeley mobile app we would be grateful if you could let us know what you used the app for by completing this survey. This information will help us to plan future development.

In order to continue the use of their Mendeley library, app users are advised to sync their library to the cloud in advance of 15 March, 2021. Users can then access their library on Mendeley Reference Manager web or desktop application.

Offline reading is available for Mendeley Reference Manager web, more information can be found here.

Advisor of the Month – Devarajan Rathish

Meet Devarajan Rathish, our July Advisor of the Month! 

Advisor of the Month - Devarajan Rathish
Advisor of the Month – Devarajan Rathish

Dr. Devarajan Rathish is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, located in the Anuradhapura district in North Central Sri Lanka. He studied medicine (MBBS), completed his master’s degree in public health (MPH) at EUCLID University and obtained a master of philosophy (MPhil) at the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.

How did you get into your field?

I like teaching, treating, and researching. Also, I had a passion to work in a rural region of my country. Therefore, I choose to become a Lecturer in a faculty of medicine located in a rural region. And, now I am happy teaching medical students, treating patients, and doing research in Anuradhapura. My fields of interest are Pharmacology, Primary Care, Public Health, and Medical Ethics. 

Where do you do work the best?

I feel fortunate to work in fields that focus on broader aspects of medicine. It has given me an opportunity to achieve a diversity of knowledge. Further, I prefer to work in an environment where my teammates have competency, a strong sense of companionship, and a good work ethic. 

How long have you been using Mendeley?

I have been using Mendeley for six years. Since June 2015, I have been a Mendeley Advisor. I am happy to have introduced Mendeley to many undergraduates, postgraduates, and academic staff members of Sri Lanka. 

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I used to make references manually. Thanks to my Mendeley advisor Dr. Buddhika Wijerathne (my previous colleague and now a general practitioner at Ropes Crossing Medical Practice, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), I could learn Mendeley at the very beginning of my career. 

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

To share the treasure that I found – “Mendeley”. The need for Mendeley was felt by many of my academic colleagues who are involved in research work. Also, annual workshops on Mendeley had to be conducted as part of the “Research in medicine” module for the 3rd year medical undergraduates at the university. Thus, my role as an official Mendeley advisor was important. I extend my gratitude to the team Mendeley for extending their continuous support. They register my workshops on time and provide useful materials and merchandise as well. 

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

I would like to meet and work with Dr. David Nalin, Professor Emeritus, Center for Immunology and Microbial Diseases, Albany Medical College. He along with Dr. Richard Cash, and their colleagues “successfully tested the efficacy of an oral glucose-electrolyte solution, later known as oral rehydration therapy (ORT), to be used instead of intravenous fluid for the treatment of patients with severe cholera”. The Lancet called it “… possibly the greatest medical discovery of this century. And, the UNICEF describes its value as follows: “no other single medical breakthrough of the 20th century has the potential to prevent so many deaths, over such a short period of time and at so little cost”. The above are compelling reasons for my willingness to meet and work with him. 

What book are you reading at the moment? 

I am reading John Murtagh’s General Practice. The textbook describes the essentials of general practice in depth. It’s a great read for anyone that aspires to progress as a family physician, and I would recommend it to my colleagues and students. 

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

The new variants of Coronavirus. There will be a lot more to learn on the above topic during the next few months as well. 

What is the best part about working in research?

I like reviewing and referencing. It helps me broaden my existing knowledge.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

Finding suitable collaborations and research grants have always been a challenge. However, once the above two are finalized the journey is much easier.

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

Mendeley is a high-quality reference manager provided free of charge for all. 

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

“Research is seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986) 


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor? Learn more about the Advisor Community.

Advisor of the Month – Poorya Davoodi

What is your name and job title?

Poorya Davoodi. I am a student.

Where do you work/study?

I am studying Medical Biotechnology in University of Padova, Italy.

How did you get into your field?

Honestly, I am interested in medical research and would like to know more and more. I can remember clearly when I was very young I would always asked myself why are we here in the world? What is our aim? What do we do?

And then in the 16th year of my life, I found my goal. My goal is to make a better and easier life for people, for myself, and my family.

In 2020, I applied for the University of Padova, and I have obtained the third rank in the entrance exam, and now I am here in Padova. 

How long have you been using Mendeley?

I have used Mendeley for approximately 2 years.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I used to use EndNote.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I am a young researcher and when I wanted to learn and start research, I experienced hard days because I did not know what I should do or how I could organize my papers. Mendeley is the best software for the organization of papers. I can manage and cite very easily. It is free and I can have access to files from everywhere. I decided to become an Advisor to share with others this fantastic tool that completely revamped my research!

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

I have learned more about COVID-19 and found some components that have positive effects on inflammation of lungs in COVID-19 patients.

What is the best part about working in research?

When I am working on a project, and I try to find something that I did not know before, it is a big challenge. And when I find it, it is the best moment for me.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

The most challenging part is trying to work with participants who do not honestly respond to data collection.

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

I have a page on Instagram and each week I post a story and teach Mendeley. People can ask me their questions and I answer as soon as possible.

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

Do not give up. If you have a goal, follow it. Never give up.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor? Learn more about the Advisor Community.

Advisor of the Month – Beth White

What is your name and job title?

Beth White, Ph.D.; Education Project Manager.

Where do you work/study?

I work for Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

How did you get into your field?

After several years in Educational Development at an R-1 in the southeastern United States, I wanted to transition my skillset into something with broader impacts. When I found this opportunity to assist early career researchers and students in STEM fields while serving a broader focus, I jumped at the chance.

How long have you been using Mendeley?

I have been using Mendeley since 2012, when a good friend introduced me. I moved over to this amazing tool and never looked back!

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I used to use EndNote.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I decided to become an advisor to share with others this fantastic tool that completely revamped my research!

Do you have any tips for training new users on Mendeley?

Don’t ever lose your enthusiasm for Mendeley and never forget what it was like when you didn’t yet understand all of the things this tool helps you do. That way you will be most effective in teaching others to navigate within the platform.

What makes your Mendeley events successful?

I’m still so thankful to have found this tool and so grateful that it is continually updated and evolving based on feedback. I haven’t lost my enthusiasm and I try to pass that along to others and tailor the training to their environment.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

I would love to speak with Geert Kelchtermans and discuss his work in studying the interactions between individual educators and their specific contexts as it relates to lecturer/professor induction in higher education.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

I have been reading a lot about the differences in the ways the various COVID vaccines are manufactured. As a result, I have expanded my understanding of biomedical engineering as well as epidemiology.

What is the best part about working in research?

Continuous improvements and discovering new ways to accomplish tasks and promote STEM education.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

The largest challenge is being a social scientist in a STEM environment. However, we are making progress in collaboration and adding a qualitative voice to physical sciences education.

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

This research tool will transform and organize your work!

Do you have any advice for young researchers?

Choose a bibliographic organizer and stick with it! Beware that access to products may end with your graduation or, as a faculty member, when you leave a particular institution. Mendeley, and all of the notes and articles you’ve stored there that support your research, goes with you if you relocate.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor yourself? Find out more about the Advisor Community here.

How to host a successful Mendeley training event in 5 easy steps

Mendeley’s Advisor program boasts over 5,500 active Advisors in 130 countries around the world. From small agricultural colleges to major international universities, Advisors are enthusiastic “subject-matter experts” on Mendeley’s reference management solutions and are devoted to sharing good research skills with students and researchers in their regions. Mendeley training “events” are the most common way Mendeley Advisors share Mendeley know-how.

So how do you create a successful training event? Here are the key things to know when your organize your first (or 50th) event – plus helpful links and answers to the most frequently asked event questions we receive from Advisors.

Make a plan

Know your audience and their needs.

  • Who will be attending your Mendeley training? The best people to offer Mendeley training to are those in your own department, lab, school, or institution, who are doing academic research and writing theses or articles.
  • What are you going to be sharing in your training? Mendeley offers teaching materials and guides you can share with your attendees. But also listen to your event feedback – are your attendees interested in a specific topic?
  • When will you host your training? Understand your audience and their schedules. Are they full-time students? Do they work? Make sure you pick a time that most of your audience can attend. Offer them enough notice to make a plan.
  • Where will your event be held? Virtual trainings are a flexible option for people who cannot commute or be physically in the same room as you. In-person events require enough space and resources (like electrical outlets, chairs, a projector screen). Hybrid events (virtual and in-person) require attention to detail and possibly an assistant to monitor the virtual event while you address your physical audience.
  • Why does someone need Mendeley training? Maybe they are first-time users or need to know the newest feature updates.
  • How will they benefit from training? Will training help them with their research or to become more organized? Is the training also serving as a networking opportunity?

View our Mendeley training lesson plan

Promote your event

Fist, be sure to register your event. Include all the details that will prepare your audience like what to bring, helpful resources, and what to expect to learn. Also consider including a link to an attendee signup form (using platforms like Microsoft Forms or EventBrite). This allows you to collect contact information you can then use to send event reminders, a post-event thank you message, and build your contact list for future events.

Download an event poster

Request merchandise. In the event registration form you can request free Mendeley give-aways to offer your attendees (please allow 4 weeks’ notice). If your event is virtual, or a hybrid (virtual and in-person), you can request merchandise for all participants, or only those you’ll see in-person. (Note that a few countries’ import regulations limit what you can receive without paying an import tax. We’ll contact you in advance if we know this about your location).

Promote your event on social media by sharing the unique link provided in your event confirmation email.

Create a promotional image with our template

Prepare (practice, practice, practice)

Review the available Mendeley teaching materials and familiarize yourself with the content. You can edit the presentations for your local needs. Set aside time to practice giving your presentation.

Download the participant certification template and fill out your certificates in advance so they are ready to hand out at your event.

Present and teach

Wear some Mendeley gear – a button or a t-shirt will make you feel smarter, we swear – and give yourself enough time to make sure the space is set up well before people start to arrive.

Perk up your virtual classroom with optional Mendeley backgrounds!

Conclude and share

Take the opportunity at the end of your event to ask for feedback about what people have learned and create a way for them to stay engaged. Some ideas:

  • Send a follow up email to your participants thanking them for attending, ask for additional feedback on your performance, the content covered, and what else they want to learn
  • Create an advanced workshop that addresses specific kinds of research or writing
  • Create a social media group where people can ask you questions and collaborate
  • Host a regular Mendeley “office hours” where anyone with questions can drop in for guidance and one-on-one help

Take a photo! Tell everyone in your network about your successful training with a photograph of you presenting, or a group photo with all your participants.

Be sure to share it with us too at community@mendeley.com. It really helps inspire the team behind Mendeley. A photo is a great way to connect everyone in the Mendeley world.

Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor and hosting your own training event? Sign up to become an Advisor.

Authored by Susan Tyler Jenkins, Researcher Community Advisor

Advisor of the month: Dora Dayu Rahma Turista

What is your name and job title?

My name is Dora Dayu Rahma Turista, I’m a Biology Lecturer.

Where do you work/study?

I work on Medical Laboratory Technology, STIKes Hutama Abdi Husada, Tulungagung, East Java, Indonesia and Biology Education Departemen, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Mulawarman University, Samarinda, East Borneo, Indonesia.

How did you get into your field?

First I got my Bachelor of Biology from State University of Malang, Indonesia, then I continued my study in the master’s program of Biology Education, also at State University of Malang, Indonesia. After I got a master’s degree, I became a lecturer at the Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, STIKes Hutama Abdi Husada, Tulungagung, Indonesia. And now I am also a lecturer on Biology Education Departement, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Mulawarman University, Samarinda, Indonesia.

How long have you used Mendeley?

About 3 years.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I was using Zotero.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I use Mendeley for writing articles, and as a journal editor, I teach authors to use Mendeley. I also teach Mendeley to my students and my partners.

Do you have a tip when training new users on Mendeley?

I always explain the advantages of Mendeley. I make a tutorial using Mendeley that is equipped with step-by-step images, then I put it into practice. I also give special gifts (special souvenir from Mendeley) for attendees who can use Mendeley well.

What do you hope to achieve this year as an Advisor?

To introduce Mendeley more widely. To become a good and helpful Mendeley advisor, and an advisor of the month. Getting merchandise from Mendeley helps me to introduce Mendeley more widely. Also, I really want to get research funding.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

There is no specific researcher, but I would like to meet and collaborate with researchers in the same field.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

SARS-CoV-2, COVID 19, Education and Colaboration during COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the best part about working in research?

Carrying out the research process and writing scientific papers.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

The research process.

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

Mendeley is a magic tool for a researcher, not only as a reference manager tool, but also as social media for researchers who can connect with other researchers around the world and help to promote their publications.

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

Research is useful when published and Mendeley helps simplify the publication process. Mendeley brings research to life so you can impact tomorrow, and I absolutely agree with it, so use Mendeley for your scientific papers.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor yourself? Find out more about the Advisor Community here.

Advisor of the Month: William Hoyos

What is your name and job title?

William Hoyos, Ph.D. student in engineering

Where do you work/study?

Universidad EAFIT

How did you get into your field?

First, I studied bacteriology, then I studied systems engineering. I realized the application of engineering to medical problems and decided to pursue a PhD in engineering with an emphasis on artificial intelligence in medicine. Currently, I work on artificial intelligence models for dengue prediction and prescription.

Where do you do your best work?

I believe that my best work is in the application of engineering in medical problem solving. Besides, I am very good at sharing my knowledge with others. It gives me satisfaction and allows me to continue learning.

How long have you been using Mendeley? 

About 7 years.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

I was using EndNote.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

I love to teach. I like to share my knowledge with others. I am always willing to share new tools that make the research process easier for my co-workers. I am commonly demonstrating new features released by Mendeley.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

I would like to meet Andrew Ng. World pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Ng co-founded Coursera and deeplearning.ai.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

The application of fuzzy cognitive maps to assess causality in infectious diseases such as dengue.

What is the best part about working in research?

The positive impact your results generate for humanity.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

Getting funding for research.

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

A wonderful tool for research. A platform with capabilities to link researchers, organize bibliographic references, share knowledge, among other powerful features of Mendeley.

Do you have any advice for young researchers? 

Yes, have passion and love for what they do. I think these are the two fundamental pillars of success in research.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor yourself? Find out more about the Advisor Community here.

Advisor of the Month: Adilson Rocha Ferreira

What is your name and job title?

My name is Adilson Rocha Ferreira and I am a researcher and teacher.

Where do you work/study?

Currently, I work at the Education Department of the State of Alagoas, in the Northeast of Brazil, a region well known for its beautiful beaches, natural beauty and a warrior and struggling people since its origins. As a PhD student in Education, I study at the Federal University of Alagoas, Postgraduate Program in Education, Education Center.

How did you get into your field?

I entered the Federal University of Alagoas in the Physical Education Degree course in 2009, finishing it in 2013, and since then I have been improving at other levels. In 2016 I concluded the Specialization Course in Media in Education and then the Master in Education. I am currently a PhD student in Education and in the Pedagogy course as well. In 2015, I obtained approval in a contest to provide places for elementary school teachers and since then I have been teaching Physical Education classes for students from 7 to 12 years old in public schools of the State Department of Education of Alagoas.

Where do you do work the best?

I believe that my best job is to develop research on digital technologies applied in the fields of education and health, with an emphasis on conventional digital games, exergames and gamification, in order to think other ways to learn, teach and exercise with the support of these technologies.

How long have you been using Mendeley?

Around the year 2016, at the beginning of the Master of Education course, I found Mendeley and since then I can’t live without it.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

Prior to Mendeley, I had never used any other reference manager, I used to manage files in folders and elaborate citations and references manually, based on several manuals. From the experience with Mendeley, I was able to find others, but none of them captivated me as much as Mendeley!

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

Being part of the Mendeley team was what most instigated me to become a Mendeley Advisor, as it is very gratifying to contribute to Elsevier with feedbacks and promote Mendeley demonstrations for different groups in the academic community.

What researcher would you like to work with or meet, dead or alive?

Currently I already work with researchers in whom I always dreamed of working together, such as Deise Juliana Francisco, Neiza de Lourdes Frederico Fumes, Fernando Silvio Cavalcante Pimentel, Lynn Rosalina Gama Alves, Flávio Anderson Pedrosa de Melo and César Augusto Otero Vaghetti. However, going further, I would like to meet and work with James Paul Gee, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who are scholars on which I base my research.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Silver, C., & Lewins, A. (2014). Using software in qualitative research: a step-by-step guide. 55 City Road, London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?

I am learning to play guitar. So any note or sound that I manage to make at that initial moment seems to me to be incredible achievements.

What is the best part about working in research?

For me, the best part of working as a team is to learn from the different skills that a team brings together, so that by collaborating with my skills I can learn and develop other skills.

And the most challenging part about working in research?

I continue to follow the same line of reasoning: deal with the difference! Respecting the adversary and knowing how far one can go are challenges that must be managed in group work.

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

I would like everyone to know, especially those who are starting courses in higher education, that there is no longer a need to create countless folders and get lost in the middle of several files. With Mendeley, you can collect articles and similar items in one place, in the cloud, and carry with you wherever you go with just a Mendeley account.

Do you have any advice for young researchers?

Be organized in your readings by including Mendeley in your workflow. At first it may seem like extra work, but in the future, it will save many hours of your academic readings and writings.


Interested in becoming a Mendeley Advisor yourself? Find out more about the Advisor Community here.

Mendeley refocusing announcement: email delays

At the beginning of November we communicated changes being made to Mendeley to refocus on what’s important to our users. This blog piece was accompanied by social media posts, announcements across our website at Mendeley.com and email communications. Unfortunately, there was a delay to some of the emails being sent to our users, for which we apologize.

We would like to reassure our users, especially those that have only recently seen the announcement, that there is still time to take any desired action ahead of the changes taking place on Mendeley.

The first changes taking place in early December are focused on the retirement of the Newsfeed, Group Feeds, Suggest and Profiles on the Mendeley website:

  • Your profile data is now available for you to export to text or JSON formats in your account settings
  • Public group references and metadata will be available to export in Mendeley Desktop and Mendeley Reference Manager at least until the end January 2021 – find out how to do so here. After this time mechanisms will be in place for our support teams to help with exports
  • Please note: Mendeley Suggest will be continuing as an article recommendation service by email

You can find out more about all changes happening on Mendeley and what this means for you on this page on the Mendeley Support Center, which we’ll be regularly updating.

In sending these product service email communications we learnt that that there are a number of users registered with emails that are no longer in use. We would encourage you to keep your details up to date by changing your email or personal details, or if you are no longer a Mendeley user you can delete your Mendeley account.

How to add your Mendeley Advisor certification to your LinkedIn profile

A LinkedIn profile is popular way to organize and showcase your education and career experience. This is also a great platform to add any licenses or certificates you achieve, like your Mendeley Advisor status.  

In this quick guide, we’ll help you add your Mendeley Advisor certification and badge to your LinkedIn profile.


First things first

Please make sure you have successfully registered as a Mendeley Advisor by visiting our Mendeley Advisor Community page, clicking “Register as an Advisor” and filling out the form.

Get started

  1. Sign into LinkedIn with your existing account, or if you are new to LinkedIn, create a new account for free
  2. Navigate to your profile and scroll down to the Licenses & certifications section
  3. Click the “+” icon to the right to add a new entry

In the new window, enter in your details:

  • Name = Mendeley Advisor
  • Issuing Organization = Mendeley (choose the first Mendeley result with the red logo that auto-populates)
  • Check the box next to “This credential does not expire”
  • Enter in the month and year you achieved your certification (this can be an estimate if you don’t know your exact date)
  • Leave credential ID blank
  • Credential URL = https://www.mendeley.com/advisor-community
  • Click “save”

And you’re all set. Now your Mendeley Advisor certification is proudly displayed on your LinkedIn profile for all to see. Congratulations!