Privacy settings can be difficult to understand. We really want to make sure that everyone can easily control what aspects of their Mendeley activity are visible and to whom. Towards that end, we have added more granular privacy settings where you can specify what parts of your profile should be visible to each of three categories: Everyone, My Contacts, Only Me. Shown are the settings you can now choose and below I’ve described how they work. Click the picture to go to your privacy settings page.
- Everyone – The information will be displayed publicly on your profile. Both logged-in and not logged in users will be able to see it. If you want to get your work more exposure, this is the setting you want.
- My Contacts – The information will be displayed only to those you’ve added as contacts on Mendeley. The information will not be visible to site visitors who aren’t logged in.
- Only Me – This information will only appear on your profile when you are viewing it while logged in to Mendeley.
Visibility in Search
If search engines can access your profile page, they will only see information that has been set as visible to everyone. If the box isn’t checked, your profile will not be indexed by search engines, but people will still be able to search for you using Mendeley site search.
All documents and updates that are part of collaborative groups will be handled according to the settings of the group.
..and if we ever make things as complicated as the example I linked to in the first paragraph above, someone please stop us!