Meet our December Advisor of the Month!

Congratulations and thank you to Andy Tattersall!

Andy TattersallAndy is an Information Specialist at The University of Sheffield and has a background in journalism and Information Management. He started using Mendeley in 2009 and became an Advisor in June 2010.

He created a series of videos called Minute Mendeley (it “sadly breaks trades descriptions as the videos are all about two minutes long,” he said) which are available on the University of Sheffield’s  iTunesU  profile.

How Mendeley influences his research

How it affected me was more about how I saw technology was changing, it was one of those tools that sold itself really easily. I loved the organic approach of it all from how it developed to react to user’s needs.

How Andy helps spread the word

In lots of ways, firstly about 4 years ago teaching clinicians research skills and then through formal teaching in various faculties, my own department at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), in the iSchool and our English Department. I’ve run several workshops for colleagues as well. Over the last 4 years I would say myself and my colleagues have taught well in excess of a 1000 students and staff and it has always been well-received.

I’ve written about it in blogs and also as an article for the MmIT journal titled: References, Collections, Corrections and Mendeley back in 2011.

How did you get into research?

I never really see myself as a researcher to be honest, I do research but it’s not really core to what I do. The research I am interested in is looking at information science and literacy and how technologies and people work together. I’m very interested in the Web and Social Media and how academics and students share and manage information as part of their own work. My degrees were both at the University of Sheffield, a BA in Journalism and an MSc in Information Management – I really think they dovetail together really nicely.

How long have you been on Mendeley?

I’ve been using Mendeley since early 2009 I think, I blogged about it here in October of that year.

What were you using prior to Mendeley?

What little reference management I did do was with Reference Manager, something all of our students used. I realised that Mendeley serviced their needs far better, and the needs of some of my colleagues.

How does Mendeley influence your research?

How it affected me was more about how I saw technology was changing, it was one of those tools that sold itself really easily. I loved the organic approach of it all from how it developed to react to user’s needs.

Why did you decide to become an Advisor?

Because I saw it had real potential and that I wanted to be at the cusp of this technology change as I could it would benefit myself and the people I support – I wasn’t wrong.

What book are you reading at the moment and why?

Strangely I always read two books at a time – one for bed and one on my commute. The current ones are both quite depressing, my train one is, ‘Everything Now: Communication, Persuasion and Control: How the instant society is shaping what we think’ by Steve McKevitt and the bedside one is pretty grim, titled ‘One Soldier’s War in Chechnya’ by Arkady Babchenko. I know, cheery.

Any fun fact people might be surprised to learn about you?

I spent six years as a pirate radio DJ.

What is the best part about being a researcher?

When I’m doing it, being able to explore and test ideas and in turn hopefully improve my own and others’ ways of working.

And the worse?

Just not having the time to do the above.

What is the one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?

That it will not only help you discover research but help others discover yours.

Read and add Pubmed papers to Mendeley on your Android device with Pubchase

Mendeley - PubChase Sync

If you’re a life science researcher, you’re in luck. There’s now a way for you to search PubMed and add to your Mendeley library from your Android device. Pubchase is a new Android app from Zappylabs, a mobile development company that specializes in life science. Here’s what the app offers:

  • Search PubMed and add papers to your Mendeley library from your Android device (works on iOS too).
  • Read your Mendeley papers* on your Android device
  • Get life-science specific recommendations from PubChase, based on your Mendeley library, with no need to build a separate library in PubChase.

PubChase also has a neat section with essays written by other researchers about papers which may be of interest to you. Please note, however, this is just a way to get PubMed papers from Android into Mendeley and Mendeley papers into PubChase. PubChase isn’t a Mendeley app. Here’s what Lenny from PubChase has to say:

The forte of ZappyLab is mobile and web technology. We have no plans to build citation management plugins. So, from the beginning, we wanted to make it easy for our users to import their libraries from Mendeley, Papers, Endnote, and other software. However, adding newly recommended papers to your PubChase library means that you then have to export your PubChase library to the other software when writing a paper. The Mendeley sync greatly simplifies this process. Though our Endnote and Papers users keep asking for a similar integration, those tools do not have open APIs, so it is not an option for us. Therefore, we will be focusing our developmental efforts on deeper integration with Mendeley.

The conclusion of that paragraph is precisely why we make the Mendeley API available and we’re happy to feature them on our Developer Portal. We hope to see great things from PubChase and from all the other talented developers using our platform to serve their constituents.

To get started with PubChase and the Mendeley Sync, follow the instructions at Pubchase.

*I know many of you are disappointed we don’t have an official Android app for Mendeley. We’re working on it for the new year and think PubChase and Mendeley will be a nice pair for life science researchers who use Android.

Mendeley Collaborates with Syrian Research Exchange


The ongoing conflict in Syria is one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises, but an often overlooked consequence of this catastrophe is that it is also causing a generation of promising researchers to be potentially lost.  Since 2012, the Illinois Institute of Technology has welcomed 35 promising students from Syria to the US, and they have been conducting research in STEM-related fields which in many cases has also led to offers of work from companies such as Motorola and Goldman Sachs. These students view communication and collaboration as a crucial tool in helping to support the struggling research community in their country, and here they give their own inspiring perspective on what can be done to counter the many challenges they face.

We always believed in our capability to do big things as Syrians, but the amount of visible success that we have achieved during our short time in the US strengthened our confidence in the potential of Syrians.  We also deeply and firmly believe that we have an obligation and responsibility to the tens of thousands of university students in Syria and those now displaced – and to the memories of those who have lost their lives.  Our goal is to work with partners, such as Mendeley, to amplify and lift their voices and their research to the global academic community.

Syrians, however, are facing very hard times now. Due to the catastrophic conditions throughout Syria and now neighboring countries, bright, talented and ambitious undergraduate and graduate students are now faced with even greater adversity in their desire to move their innovative ideas and research forward – fewer resources, a declining number of students and faculty who can readily assemble to pursue intellectual inquiry, and significantly reduced connectivity to fellow peers, and the regional and global community of researchers and scholars.  This does not mean that it is over for them, it just means that we need to put more effort into gathering resources and making them widely available for Syrians, as well as any other countries facing conflict.  Syrian university students must know that they are meaningfully connected to current researchers and to the legacy of those who have created the foundation of science and the arts for more than a thousand years.

Inspired by the ambitious and expansive Google manifesto our idea is to create a Syrian Research Exchange with the following vision:

To organize Syrian undergraduate and graduate research abstracts, innovation initiatives, and intellectual property in order to share these resources with the Syrian diaspora and the world for mutual and universal development of the human condition.  In so doing, we seek to provide a platform, a “virtual incubator for ideas,” and learning architecture for other university students where education is at the extreme through armed conflict, insecurity, poverty, natural disaster, repression, and loss of academic freedom.

We believe that the Mendeley community and network of scholars offers an ideal foundation to explore the details of this idea, and to collaborate to create a platform to provide young Syrian university students – our future faculty, researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, diplomats, artists and peacemakers – with mentoring and the necessary resources that to help them carry their education forward despite the daily, and often horrific, realities of armed conflict, increased poverty, and fear.  The Syrian people are resilient and we believe that this initiative creates a momentum for research, scholarship, hope, freedom, and peace.

Finally, we would like to thank the entire Mendeley team for the opportunity to present these ideas; in addition, offer our gratitude to Jusoor, EducationUSA, the Institute of International Education, Illinois Tech, as well as our families and generous donors who have supported us in our journey forward.

The IIT Syrian student undergraduate community in support of research and scholarship

We would value feedback from the Mendeley community on how we can help further, and have started a Mendeley group called Research in Conflict where you can also share your thoughts and experiences on the subject.


Mendeley Year in Review 2013

This was a year of great change at Mendeley, with lots of news, exciting developments and, of course, tons of fun at Mendeley HQ. Here are a few of the many highlights:

In January, the Mendeley founders Jan, Paul, and Victor were voted “Best Startup Founders” at the Europas, considered the Oscars of the European Tech scene. This was the second win for Mendeley, which scooped up the prize for “Best Social Innovation Which Benefits Society” in 2009.

In February, we listened to your comments and released Mendeley Desktop v1.8, with expanded offerings and bug fixes.

April brought a lot of attention as Mendeley joined Elsevier. We’re proud to have honoured our promise that the merger would mean very little change for our users, beyond some positive resources…like the doubling of storage space that immediately followed the announcement.

Our Mendeley team participates in monthly hack days. In June, two of our team came up with a cool video that shows Mendeley Desktop Syncs mapped globally. There is something hypnotically beautiful about that video.

Also in June, we opened our doors and invited our Advisors and users to join us at Mendeley HQ . The day had sneak previews and testing of new features and one-on-one chance to talk to the teams at Mendeley and Elsevier…we also managed to squeeze in some fun with Lego playtime, Post-it note fun and loads and loads of food. We hope to do it again in 2014 and see you all there! Check our YouTube video for a quick review of the day.

We continued to meet with the community in July, and hosted an all-day mini-conference on Academic-Industrial Collaborations for Recommender Systems. It was an opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of academic-industrial collaborations.

With the start of the academic year in September, we were proud to announce your ability to take Mendeley on the go and introduced our Mendeley for iOS app. (Android users, don’t despair, it is high on our priority list).

We participated in October’s Social Media week in London and hosted an event in conjunction with this year’s theme “Open & Connected.” Missed the presentations? Watch them here.

Mendeley was also involved in a number of partnerships and expanded external apps that we support. To name a few (but certainly not all): F1000 Partnership, ScienceDirect import capabilities, Third-party developer apps (To learn more about creating your own App, visit our Mendeley Developers Portal) and our latest…Mendeley users can now import directly from Scopus.

And this month, we’ve been preparing our product development roadmap. What does that mean? Stay tuned!

Thank you for a wonderful 2013. Happy wishes for the New Year and here’s to making 2014 even better.

 Team Photo

The Mendeley Team

Mendeley users can now use CatchApp to track their updates on the go


Catchapp 2

You probably know that Mendeley has an open API that lets 3rd party developers build apps that work with the platform (we have over 300 of them so far!) to offer our users even more useful tools and services.

One such app is a push notification service called CatchApp, which lets you keep track of all your updates – including Mendeley – in one feed. If you’re tempted to try it, Mendeley users can get a larger update quota at a discount. All you need to do is enter the code “mendeley” after signing up.

Here are some more details from the CatchApp developers, and if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the app feel free to leave a comment or tweet them @getcatchapp

Working in a research group can be a hassle sometimes. Collecting information, organizing references and writing papers is a highly collaborative task. Especially when it comes to remote collaboration, transparency about who’s doing what in the project is key. That’s what CatchApp is all about. It’s the easiest way to catch up with everything your team is working on.

Mendeley has recently been added to CatchApp’s collection of integrated apps. It brings you one feed where you can follow updates in your connected apps. Whether it’s new references in shared Mendeley groups or updates on your recent paperwork in Google Drive or Dropbox, CatchApp sends push notifications to your iOS device, keeping you informed on the go.

This is the type of information that CatchApp shows you with each Mendeley update:




Integrated apps

Supported apps include Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Evernote, Box, Trello, Basecamp, Podio, Pivotal Tracker, GitHub, Bitbucket, Zendesk, Highrise, Yammer, Salesforce Chatter, SkyDrive, Mendeley, Lighthouse, Twitter, and RSS feeds.

Mendeley users can now import directly from Scopus!



We’re constantly looking to expand our web importer so that that it supports as many databases and formats as possible. In September we integrated full-text direct importing functionality from ScienceDirect, and now it’s great to be able to add Scopus – the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature – to that list as well.

Users can import individual or multiple Scopus documents (subject to entitlements of course) directly to their Mendeley Library. The importer also retrieves all the relevant metadata for the documents you’re viewing, making the whole process of searching and adding those abstracts and citations really smooth and intuitive.

The aim is to keep on adding functionality and features that make your research workflow faster, easier and more efficient. Please give it a try and let us know what you think!