3 quick ways to use Mendeley for citations anywhere

[Editor’s Note–We thought you’d like to know: this 2011 post is a bit dated. Find current info on Mendeley’s citation abilities here, and in the Mendeley Guides.]

Many researchers use Mendeley to format citations as they’re writing papers, but what if you’re working on something a little less formal? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to drop a few citations into a comment or web form or some other application that doesn’t have the tight integration that’s available with Word or Open Office? There are a couple quick ways to grab a formatted citation using Mendeley: use the “copy formatted” option in Mendeley Desktop, grab it from the page in the research catalog, or just drag it into your application.

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Mendeley Desktop 0.9.9 Released

Mendeley Desktop 0.9.9 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux.  For existing users, you can get it by starting (or restarting) Mendeley Desktop and accepting the update prompt.

Highlights of this release:

  • The new citation editor introduced for Word on Windows in the previous release is now also available for users of  OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Word for Mac.  There is no longer a need to go back to Mendeley to select a publication to cite.  Instead you can just click Insert Citation (or press Ctrl + Cmd (⌘) + I on Mac) and type in keywords from the title, authors or publication of the work you wish to cite.
  • Open Office


  • You can now export the sticky notes on a PDF as an annotation report in PDF format, with or without the content of the article itself.  When viewing a PDF in Mendeley, go to File -> Export PDF with Annotations.
  • Sharing PDFs with colleagues is now easier, whether they use Mendeley or not.  Select a document and click the ‘E-mail Documents’ button on the toolbar to send an article via email to one or more people.

In addition, there have been improvements to app startup time, citation formatting, RIS import, EndNote XML import/export and Linux desktop integration, plus bug fixes and stability improvements.

For more details, see the complete list of changes.

If you have a feature, change or bug fix that you particularly want to see soon, please visit our feedback forum and add your votes.

Ubuntu users: Mendeley Desktop 0.9.9 was released for Ubuntu/Debian last week.  Mendeley Desktop has been released today to fix crashes specific to the Ubuntu version that some users encountered when the file organizer was enabled.

Mendeley makes the list as one of Europe's Top 100 start-ups!

Telegraph Top 100The Telegraph recently announced their list of Europe’s Top 100 startups and we’re so pleased to have made the list, in the Education category. We’ve won quite a few awards already, but we’re particularly pleased to be on this list, as it was compiled by some of the top venture capitalists and tech executives from Europe and Silicon Valley. We believe we can change how research is done, so it’s a great affirmation to hear that others also believe in the work we’re doing.

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Say congrats to the Haiku contest winner, Dr. Stewart Dods!

Handy evergreen
Leading the reference scene
Mendeley on screen

We ran a contest for a few months asking our Mendeley Advisors to submit a haiku on their Advisor application and then taking submissions from the Mendeley community at large. Dr. Stewart Dods won with the above haiku. We were well impressed at the level of erudition and subtlety among our community and hope everyone had as much fun with it as we did.

Congratulations to Dr. Dods. Here he stands by his 20 L biofermenter, ready to grow some fabulous Fab’-secreting E.coli.Read More »

Optimizing research documents: The results of a study of 80M research papers at Mendeley.

At Mendeley, we are always looking for ways to make the research process more efficient. We believe in the power of big data and creative analysis to change how research is done in big and trivial ways. For example, with the massive amount of documents in our database, we have the power to analyze successful publications vs. less successful publications based on the characteristics of the documents, and then incorporate this knowledge into our product to help researchers work better. In solidarity with our brothers at Google, we feel that A/B testing on enough data will always lead to the optimal design choice, even for complex design situations. Read on to see the first fruits of our font legibility study.Read More »