Q&A: Team Mendeley Joins Elsevier

Will Mendeley still be free?

Yes! There will always be a free version of Mendeley.

Will Mendeley continue to develop new features?

Yes – we will even become faster, as having access to Elsevier’s resources, partnerships, and reach in the academic, librarian, and professional R&D community will allow us to accelerate our development. Please head over to our feedback forum to vote for your favourite feature suggestions.

What will change for Mendeley’s users?

For starters, we are doubling everyone’s storage space at no cost. Your free Mendeley account now comes with 2GB, Mendeley Plus and MIE accounts get upgraded to 5GB, and Mendeley Pro accounts to 10GB. In the future, we will also start offering you better access to content and additional data, e.g. citation metrics, from within the Mendeley interface.

What will change for users of SciVerse, Scopus, or ScienceDirect?

You can expect seamless interoperability with all of these tools: Exporting documents, references, and data to Mendeley will become much easier. Also, content in SciVerse, Scopus, and ScienceDirect will be enriched with Mendeley’s data, such as recommendations and readership statistics. Lastly, we will be considering special Mendeley premium upgrades for Elsevier customers.

Will there be changes to Mendeley’s premium packages or pricing?

Not in relation to this announcement – we are not planning any price increases to the premium/team packages we are offering today. Of course, we are always reviewing our premium offerings to ensure that they are affordable and meet our users needs, so they will continue to evolve over time.

What happens to my data in Mendeley?

Everything stays the same. You still own your data and can delete it at any point in time. You will always be able to import and export your data locally in standard formats (such as BibTex, RIS, and XML). Additionally, as has always been our policy, Mendeley will continue to offer you private and secure access to your data via our Open API, which means that you will never be tied to Mendeley’s tools and interfaces exclusively.

Will Mendeley continue to offer an Open API?

Yes. In fact, we are in the process further opening up our data and extending third-party developers’ capabilities – there will be more and better data to work with, under the Creative Commons CC-BY license, as before.

Will Mendeley continue to support Open Access and Open Science?

Yes. In fact, Elsevier are accelerating their Open Access initiatives as well.

Will Mendeley keep up its Advisor and Community Programmes?

Absolutely! We will remain as dedicated to our community as before – and Mendeley Advisors will receive a free Team Plan upgrade to enable them to share and collaborate with up to 10 colleagues. Consider the amazing opportunity we have: Mendeley now has access to the resources of the world’s leading science, technical, and medical publisher. We want to hear from you how best to leverage these resources to serve your needs.

Will Mendeley keep working with other publishers?

Yes, most definitely. Mendeley will not favour Elsevier content in our search and recommendation engine. Our discovery tools will remain focused on pointing you to the content that’s the most relevant to you, no matter the publisher or the journal. We will keep working with other publishers to ensure that their content is optimally discoverable and compliant with their terms within Mendeley.

What are Elsevier’s long-term plans for Mendeley?

Mendeley will become Elsevier’s central workflow, collaboration, and networking platform, while we continue on our mission of making science more open and collaborative.

21 thoughts on “Q&A: Team Mendeley Joins Elsevier

  1. I wish Mendeley would increase the number of group members a bit, for free accounts. 3 members are too few!

  2. Goodbye, Mendeley. As promised, I have canceled my paid account. I will no longer encourage my students, post-docs, and colleagues to use your product. We will stick to open source tools.

  3. Yes, it was nice while it lasted, can’t believe you sold out to Elsevier of all people. Well done though, you are excellent businessmen I respect you for that.

    I can no longer reccomend Mendelay to anyone now though. And will begin the process of searching for an alternative.

    Good luck, and adieu.

  4. Serioulsy,

    do you think the Open Science / Open Source community in which you grew up, it’s going to follow you through this “adventure”? You will have a company behind, maybe even a good product, millions of users and many more customers… but think about this, you were built and based on a community. That community will not follow you. Not a single open source programmer will follow, not a single open-science advocate will support you. They can even use your app, but no additional effort anymore.
    Good luck with rent-seekers. You have lost the opportunity to change science world for good. Others will come.

  5. I hope some progress could be made for mobile platforms, especially the iPad app.

  6. ipad app update coming very soon.

    @David – sorry to see you go. We’ve done nothing to earn your distrust so far, so it makes me sad that all our efforts to this point now count for nothing, but what else can I say?

  7. That’s the most sad news for science in years of open science development. Rest in peace, Mendeley. Time to walk to zotero.

  8. Emerson, Mendeley isn’t going anywhere, and we’re not giving up on open science. Rather, we’re bringing it to a huge audience, most of whom never would have heard about us or open science.

  9. When you say ” Yes! There will always be a free version of Mendeley.”, does that mean that the free version will never be downgraded in functionality? It is great as-is for students, but the main attraction for me was that it was a portable and free tool that worked as well or better than other commercial software…

  10. You selling out to Elsevier brought one good thing. Made me aware of Elsevier dealings, business practices and general behavior. I now know that Elsevier is a criminal organization. Thank you.

  11. Now that you will have more resources to play with, can you please urgently address these perennial issues:
    1) Converting private to public groups, and vice versa.
    2) Allowing more than 3 members to a private group, as mentioned above.
    3) Allowing more than one private group at a reasonable cost (i.e. nothing close to £40 a month as at present). I like Mendeley, but this is an utter pain.
    4) Preventing the iOS version reloading my entire database each time I open it (that may be me being stupid, but I haven’t been able to find out how to stop it).
    5) Allowing in-text citations with a Plugin for Apple Pages.
    Otherwise, good luck!

  12. William: “Mendeley isn’t going anywhere,”
    How you can say that? Elsevier is just the opposite land of free and open science and Mendeley is not going there , is just been swallowed by Elsevier.

    Open knowledge community’s people, let’s leave this former open project right now asap.
    thanks and goodbye

    • I can say that because that’s what we’ve practiced and preached for the past 4 years. Elsevier knows they have to keep our community happy, so I would hope everyone just takes a moment to wait and see before assuming the worst. It really is true that good things are about to happen!

  13. This is terrible news. The Q&A is not the least bit reassuring. This is a deal with the devil.

  14. Why is it that there has been no discussion whatsoever about Elsevier’s “strategy” for positioining Mendeley and Quosa? As a coproate client of Quosa for several years and having watched Elsevier acquire Quosa in January, 2012 and then Mendeley recently, I wonder how this whole thing will evolve and pan out for end users in academia, government, and corporations…



  15. John, there’s really not to much to say re: Quosa. We’re not actively targeting corporations and the use case is a bit different: Quosa focuses more on copyright compliance.

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