The first year of our API!

In September 2014, after 12 months of hard work and collaboration with our partners and , our Mendeley celebrated the release of version 1 of our API. Now, we’re proudly beaming as we mark the first anniversary of the release. Today’s guest blog post comes from our API lass, Joyce Stack.

On the 18th September we will be celebrating the one year anniversary of our API. As part of this celebration, we’ve been looking back at some of our achievements over the past 12 – 18 months.

All of our existing internal clients have migrated onto the new API, and we’ve built new clients such as the new web library as well as the just recently released Android client. Additionally,we’ve embraced new clients such as Overleaf, Open Science Framework and Labfolder; all the while continuing to support the “old timers” such as PaperShip, ImpactStory and KinSync.

Unfortunately, we’ve had to some farewells in the process: Scholarly, which, for a long time, was the the unofficial Mendeley Android client,decided to not proceed and therefore did not migrate onto the new API. The developer, Matthew Wardrop originally built the app for his own personal use but now would rather use the Mendeley client. We wish him all the best and want to extend our thanks for his contribution.

Speaking of contributions, we would like to give a special mention to an ex-colleague Matt T who went on to greener pastures. We can’t thank him enough for his technical wizardry in beginning our API journey.

One a personal note, it has been a year of firsts for me. I gave my first meetup presentation, there was my first time using a microphone (still can’t believe someone let me have one), my first conferences (internal and external), and my first content panel discussion. Despite the stomach churning fear that I’ve felt for each one of these first timers; I am grateful to have had the opportunities.

The achievements of the last 12 months and beyond have been due to a massive team effort.  I would like to thank all my colleagues; the API developers, the client teams, the hack organisers and the wider development community for building great tools and Apps to help the lives of researchers. Special thanks to our community team for their constant support and a massive shout out to the wider API community at all the conferences and meetups for providing a safe and encouraging environment.

Finally, thank you to Elsevier for our kick ass new office!


This blog post was originally posted on the Mendeley API blog, where you can read all about our API and what the API team are up to.