This week we have released a new version of Mendeley with some major updates. The major new feature in Mendeley 0.9.8.1 is public collaborative groups.
What are groups?
Groups are a simple way for you to collaborate with your colleagues to create a shared collection of documents. Groups allow members to put together a list of papers and share notes. There are three types of groups:
Private groups – These private groups are visible only to members, who can share papers and notes. These work like the shared collections in previous versions of Mendeley.
Invite-only groups – These groups are visible to the public, but each has an owner who administers the group. These work like the shared collections in previous versions of Mendeley with one major change – now any member can add documents.
How can groups help me share and discover research?
Groups allow you to collaborate with your contacts or with any member of the Mendeley community. In private groups, you may share and annotate a list of documents with your collaborators from right within your PDF organizer instead of emailing notes and ideas back-and-forth. In public groups, you may create a reading list with your colleagues and make it accessible to anyone on the web. You may have that list embedded on any external website and have it update automatically, with no editing required. Interested people may subscribe to the list so they get notified of new additions. Groups now also have an activity feed on Mendeley Web and in Mendeley Desktop, helping you stay up to date on new additions and discussions within the group.
Because existing public collections are now “public invite-only groups”, there are already a huge number of fantastic groups for you to go and check out.
Here are some of our favorites:
Other notable changes include:
- New User Orientation – We’ve included an in-app tutorial which gives you a brief tour of Mendeley’s features. Go to ‘Help -> Getting Started Tutorial’ to activate it.
- Improved citation and bibliography formatting – This release adds support for Citation Style Language version 1.0 using citeproc-js.
- Links to Canonical documents from Mendeley Desktop – When viewing details for an article, Mendeley Desktop will try to match them to an article in the Mendeley catalog, giving you easy access to additional information about the article such as readership statistics, related research, and for some papers, links to copies of the full text.
- Improvements to the metadata editor and PDF viewer
- Fixed bugs related to the Word plugin, inline citations, deduplication, Zotero sync, and various cosmetic enhancements.
We would like to thank Frank Bennett, Bruce D’Arcus and everyone else who has contributed to the Citation Style Language and the citeproc-js processor for their great work which lays the foundation for our in-app citation style editor.
Get started with groups now. If you want to create a group, or get involved with an existing group, it couldn’t be easier – just login or sign up to Mendeley to get started. Those of you who are already using groups can read about how the changes affect your existing groups here.