Features, many and useful features. That is what this blog post series is going to be about. If you’ve used Mendeley for a while, you’ll probably already have picked up on some of the following features and tips we’ll be showcasing over the next few weeks. However, I’m sure even some of these will be new to most of our readers, Mendeley veterans or newcomers.
Today’s how-to is a really nice and simple one: how to merge author names.
As you accumulate research papers and references in your library, you’ll find that sometimes the same author may be published with variations of the same name. P. Harvey, Pete Harvey, P. S. Harvey, etc. If this is in fact the same person, it becomes a bit of a mess if you want to filter your references by Author Name. In this case, you can use a simple technique to merge author names together to a single name of your choosing.
Here’s a quick step by step look at how this is accomplished:
- In the top left panel, select “All Documents”.
- Now, in the bottom left panel, scroll to the author name(s) you’d like to merge.
- Select the author name that you want to change and drag it onto the name that you want to keep.
- Click OK to accept the merge if that’s what you want.
Here’s a nice short video showing how this is done:
Our next entry in this twelve-part how-to series will show you how to easily drag and drop a PDF or PDF link into Mendeley Desktop for easy import. Stay tuned.