Keeping with the Open Access week spirit, we’re taking this opportunity to show you how to publicly share your own research on Mendeley. Making it openly available for others to easily access means they are more likely to cite you in their own publications, and also allows your colleagues to build upon your work faster.
When you sign up for a Mendeley user account, a researcher profile is created for you. On this page, along with your name, academic status, and short bio, you will also see a section titled “Publications”. This section is where you can display work you’ve published or perhaps even work that’s not yet published.
So how do you add your publications to that list? Just drop your papers into the My Publications folder in Mendeley Desktop. Let me show you how, step by step.
Import your publications or references
First, you will want to add your publications into Mendeley. There are many different ways, but the easiest way is simply to drag and drop PDFs straight into Mendeley Desktop. Make sure all the document details are correct.
Add to “My publications”
Once your articles or references are in your library, select them* and drag them into the folder in the top left pane labeled “My Publications”.
This will trigger a popup window asking you to confirm that you are in fact an author of the papers you are adding. Mendeley Desktop is just making sure you know that you’re sharing these to the world.
After you confirm that you’re the author, click the “sync” button at the top and you’re done.
So, to recap: 1) Add references/articles to Mendeley Desktop, 2) Drag and drop reference entries into the “My publications” folder, and 3) Sync.
Finally, go to Mendeley.com, visit your profile by clicking on your username (top right) and you’ll see the newly listed publications you just added in Mendeley Desktop. Here’s an example of Dr. Victor Henning’s profile.
So there you have it. To make a long story short, adding your publications to your profile is easy, makes your research accessible to others, and helps move research forward. That’s what Open Access is all about, right? In the future, we’re hoping that we can sync your Mendeley profile with your institutional repository to make things even more open and accessible.
* A few publishers ask you to sign away your right to distribute copies of your own work, but most likely you can self-archive some version of your work. For example, all NIH-funded work can be self-archived in their peer-reviewed form as they would appear in Pubmed Central. In addition, many institutions have self-archiving policies that apply to all faculty publications. Sometimes there’s an embargo period of six months to a year. You can look up your publisher in SHERPA/RoMEO to see which rights you have retained and which you have given away or read more about self-archiving here.