Mendeley Brainstorm: Assistive Technology – Powerful and Pervasive

Thanks to assistive technologies, impaired no longer means disabled.
Thanks to assistive technologies, impaired no longer means disabled.

The Paralympic Games open on September 7th; they are a visible example of how powerful and pervasive assistive technology has become. This month, we’re asking: what is the most innovative assistive technology application you’ve seen?  We are looking for the most well thought out answer to this question in up to 150 words: use the comment feature below the blog and please feel free to promote your research!  The winner will receive an Amazon gift certificate worth $50 and a bag full of Mendeley items; competition closes September 28th.

Powerful and Pervasive Technologies

Assistive technologies are diminishing physical limitations.  During the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the delegates were addressed by Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.  She strode to and from the podium, fully mobile, despite having lost her legs while serving in the military.

The forthcoming Paralympic Games are another powerful illustration that impairment does not mean disabled: competition is conducted at the highest level.  New materials (such as carbon fibre) combined with engineering nous have created products such as the “Flex-Foot Cheetahwhich enable athletes to run who could not otherwise have walked. Other technologies compensate for the absence or impairment of senses.

For the Elderly Too

These technologies also assist the elderly. A “Smart Walker”, for example, can have a range of functionality including an “Advanced human–machine interface” in addition to providing physical support. (Martins et al., 2012, p. 555) One type of “Smart Walker” is the “SIMBIOSIS”: “This walker presents a multisensory biomechanical platform for predictive human–machine cooperation….the forces that are applied by the user on each forearm-support while walking are measured and the guidance information can be inferred. This turns out to be a natural and transparent interface that does not need previous training by the user.” (Martins et al., 2012, p. 558)

The Future?

It’s clear that assistive technology is enhancing lives, but what is the most innovative application you’ve encountered?  Tell us!

Try Elsevier DataSearch!

DataSearch results
Partial results for DataSearch lookup for “Flex-foot Cheetah”

Note: much more information for researchers can be found via Elsevier Datasearch (  DataSearch works with reputable repositories across the Internet to help researchers readily find the data sets they need to accelerate their work. DataSearch offers a new and innovative approach.  Most search engines don’t actively involve their users in making them better; we invite you, the user, to join our User Panel and advise how we can improve the results.  We are looking for researchers in a variety of fields, no technical expertise is required (though welcomed).  In order to join us, visit and click on the button marked “Join Our User Panel”.

About Mendeley Brainstorms

Our Brainstorms are challenges so we can engage with you, our users, on the hottest topics in the world of research.  We look for the most in-depth and well thought through responses; the best response as judged by the Mendeley team will earn a prize.


MARTINS, M., SANTOS, C., FRIZERA-NETO, A. and CERES, R. (2012). Assistive mobility devices focusing on Smart Walkers: Classification and review. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60(4), pp.548-562.

Össur Americas. (2016) Flex-Foot Cheetah. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 10 August 2016].

“Prevention is the Better Cure” — Bridging Science and Policy

prevention is the better cure
by Claudia Stocker/

Our Mendeley Advisors are one of the groups participating in the global conversation launched by Atomium — The European Institute for Science, Media, and Democracy — on increasing collaboration and cooperation between policy makers, scientists and other people.

This week we are featuring an essay by Thembelihle Hwalima, a librarian at Lupane State University in Zimbabwe and a Mendeley Advisor, on why Prevention is the Better Cure.

You can also participate in this conversation by filling out weekly questionnaires on chronic disease at the REISearch forums.


“Prevention is the Better Cure”

by Thembelihle Hwalima

Chronic diseases have well been researched on their cause, treatment and how best to avoid them but still individuals still find themselves faced with a myriad of these, suffering till some die or get diagnosed at a very late stage.

Researchers, citizens and policy makers have dealt with these in more detail. This has been shown by the increased amount of workshops, conferences, and research fellows but still members of the public still suffer from these ailments because most of these forums target those who already know and not those who are most vulnerable. This essay seeks to dwell on the dissemination of such public health information to the populations. Many a times such information dissemination is done when an outbreak has occurred hence there is need to change mindset from having to cure than prevent. Correct, appropriate and relevant information should be disseminated to the public such that they always have knowledge of how best to prevent such diseases, and ensure that they don`t perpetuate to becoming chronic.

Information dissemination is defined as a proactive information service designed to educate and inform focused groups of users on social, economic and educational issues, problems and opportunities of interest to them (Dhawan). By disseminating information, an organization can reach members of its target audience and have a greater impact on policy and programming. In instances of having prevention being better than cure, the internet serves as an “in-viable” tool to communicate health information across a wide audience. This should especially be targeted towards third world countries where use of internet has not yet been very effective due to issues of illiteracy, lack of IT skills, hardware, software, and high costs to set up to mention but a few challenges.

When disseminating information there is need to establish communication messages that is what is to be said? This assists to define the audience to send the communication to. Understanding or knowledge of target audience then enables one to determine the channel of communication or medium to be used, and how best it will be marketed. Thereafter there is need to evaluate the impact. For instance, many a times do we receive flyers written about a disease alert, that is, Cholera or Ebola, but that doesn’t guarantee that the message has been understood.

Also, basic understanding of population variations, infants, teenagers, young adults, and the old assists also in information dissemination; level of literacy understanding of geographical location and culture existing in the location. This is highly important as it helps in understanding behaviors and informs strategies and designs of information dissemination.

Hence, yes prevention is better than cure by ensuring proper information is disseminated to the right audience, using understandable media and having evaluated the feedback of the dissemination and above all using future predictions from past experiences as preventative arenas.


Over the next five weeks, we will publish guest blog posts by Advisors on each of the five topic areas, alongside an exclusive art by science illustrator Claudia Stocker. The five subtopics are:

Prevention is the better cure (week of 15 Feb)
New technologies and innovation (week of 22 Feb)
Citizens’ rights and responsibilities (week of 29 Feb)
Diabetes and nutrition (week of 7 March)
More and better data (week of 14 March)

The REIsearch platform  is available in six languages: French, Italian, English, Polish, Portuguese, and German. The platform asks researchers and others to answer short weekly questionnaires on five different topic areas on a weekly basis. Though the launch is in the EU, researchers from all parts of the world are encouraged to join the conversation.


Connecting Science and Society


Research doesn’t exist in a vacuum. The greatest impact of research has always been how it connects science and society and helps us understand the world we live in. Mendeley was started to “change the way we do research” by making it easier to disseminate these ideas through publication and to create a way for researchers to connect with one another.

But it can sometimes feel there is a disconnect between research and researchers and policymakers and fellow citizens — the dreaded Ivory Tower affect. How do we bridge the perceived gap between scientific knowledge and those that set direction for our world?

Mendeley, as part of Elsevier, is supporting a new initiative with Atomium — The European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy, that seeks to increase collaboration and cooperation between policy makers, scientists, communicators, educators, and other people. The REIsearch platform officially launches today in the EU and is available in six languages: French, Italian, English, Polish, Portuguese, and German. The platform asks researchers and others to answer short weekly questionnaires on five different topic areas on a weekly basis. Though the launch is in the EU, researchers from all parts of the world are encouraged to join the conversation.

Our Mendeley Advisors are also participating in the conversation. Over the next five weeks, we will publish guest blog posts by Advisors on each of the five topic areas, alongside an exclusive art by science illustrator Claudia Stocker. The five subtopics are:

  • Prevention is the better cure (week of 15 Feb)
  • New technologies and innovation (week of 22 Feb)
  • Citizens’ rights and responsibilities (week of 29 Feb)
  • Diabetes and nutrition (week of 7 March)
  • More and better data (week of 14 March)

Learn more about the REIsearch project and its background (republished with permission from Elsevier Connect):

The recent announcement by President Obama of the so-called “cancer moonshot” to cure cancer is a prime example of the importance of collaboration among policy makers, scientists, communicators and educators. These are the very pillars behind the new REIsearch platform created by Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy(EISMD) and supported by Elsevier.
“Innovation and new scientific discoveries are improving people’s lives and making our economy more competitive,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. “Science should be open and freed from its traditional ivory tower to be discussed, submitted to critique and fed with new perspectives. That’s why I warmly welcome efforts such as the REIsearch initiative to get Europeans engaged in the debate about science and research and inspire fresh ideas about how to solve some of our society’s most pressing problems.”
The platform aims to:

  • Create a responsible and informed multi-stakeholder debate on an issue affecting. millions of European citizens, researchers, policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Create and promote access to reliable information on the issue.
  • Increase international, inter-disciplinary and inter-sectorial debate.
  • Bridge the gap between science, society and policy, also by involving the media.
  • REIsearch seeks to connect the experience of European Union citizens with the expertise of EU researchers to support policy makers with decisions that affect society.

“To win such an ambitious challenge,” said Valéry Giscard d’Estaing Bonvicini, Honorary President of ATOMIUM (EISMD). “Together with our partners, we have opted for a gradual approach, aiming at developing initiatives linked to specific scientific topics starting with those of greatest impact, limiting the platform’s functions to the essential. In the coming years additional functionalities will be available, allowing citizens to directly interact with experienced researchers at both national and European level.”

The platform will function as a discussion hub on global societal issues. The first topic is chronic disease; discussions on aging, climate change and energy will follow. As the world’s population ages, the treatment, cure and prevention of chronic disease and its priority as a global challenge prompted its selection as the first initiative. The scope of the problem is enormous. In Europe, chronic disease affects more than 80 percent of Europeans over 65, and 10 percent of GDP is spent on health. Solutions need support from all sectors to be successful.

REIsearch’s ambition is to bridge the gap between research, policy and the public by providing a place where these members of the community can engage with each other and where the general public is given an opportunity to be part of the conversation about how chronic diseases should be managed. The public voice should ideally be a highly influential one when it comes to policies that impact local, regional and international issues such as chronic disease management.

The platform, which is currently receiving the majority of its funding from the European Commission, will be launched today in Austria, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Luxembourg. It will be available in six languages: French, Italian, English, Polish, Portuguese and German.

Elsevier has been a key player in supporting the initiative, helping with funding and the platform itself, which has benefited from the use of Mendeley. Elsevier will help in the sharing of information to the public as well as driving researcher traffic to the REIsearch platform.

“Elsevier has a responsibility to support the research community,” said Elsevier CEO Ron Mobed. “In this case, we can serve by facilitating ways in which viewpoints and information about pressing global issues can be shared. It will be especially important to encourage researchers to participate in the dialogue with the public on the subject of chronic disease.”

While REIsearch is being launched in the EU, researchers from all parts of the world are encouraged to join the conversation. When the platform is live, short weekly questionnaires will encourage visitors to share their knowledge on key issues related to five subtopics. These five subtopics are:

  • Prevention is the better cure (week of 15 Feb)
  • New technologies and innovation (week of 22 Feb)
  • Citizens’ rights and responsibilities (week of 29 Feb)
  • Diabetes and nutrition (week of 7 March)
  • More and better data (week of 14 March)

Researchers and the general public who would like to participate in REISearch forums on chronic disease can do so by visiting the platform:

Maintenance Announcement – August 1st, 2015

Dear Users,

Please be aware that due to essential maintenance work, on Saturday August 1, 2015 some users may not be able to access Mendeley services for approximately 4.5 hours between:

PDT 3pm – 7.30pm (Pacific Daylight Time, GMT -8 hr)
EDT 6pm – 10.30pm (Eastern Daylight Time, GMT -5 hr)
BST 11pm – 3.30am (Saturday night – Sunday morning, GMT +1 hr)
CEST 12am – 4.30am (Sunday, Central European Summer Time, GMT +2 hr)
CST 6am – 10.30am (Sunday, China Standard Time, GMT +7 hr)

Please check the World Clock Time Zone Converter (or a similar application) to convert the outage to your local time.

Check this page and our Support Twitter account @MendeleySupport for updates.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for using Mendeley.

The Mendeley team

Mendeley and Elsevier continue to support the CSL project

For the second consecutive year, Mendeley supports the open source Citation Style Language (CSL) project with a US$ 5,000 donation. With CSL, Mendeley users can format their citations and bibliographies in over 1,200 different citation formats, covering more than 7,500 scientific journals.

Mendeley recently (1) made it much easier to use CSL styles into your preferred language. In this guest post, CSL developers Rintze Zelle and Sebastian Karcher describe how this works.

Say, for example, that you wish to publish an article about Barcelona’s recent Champions League victory—in your native Catalan—and therefore need a Catalan citation style. At first glance, things might look bleak. If we go to the “View” menu, select “Citation Style” and then “More Styles…”, switch to the “Get More Styles” tab, and search for “Catalan”, we don’t see a lot of results:


Fortunately, you can actually use any style you want in Catalan. If we select the “Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (author-date)” style, a reference to a book chapter will be in US English by default and look something like:

Mares, Isabela. 2001. “Firms and the Welfare State: When, Why, and How Does Social Policy Matter to Employers?” In Varieties of Capitalism. The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage, edited by Peter A Hall and David Soskice, 184–213. New York: Oxford University Press.

To use the style in Catalan, you can open the Citation Style window again (“View” → “Citation Style” → “More Styles”). In the “Installed” tab, look for the “Citation and Bibliography Language” drop-down menu. When set to “default”, styles localize to their own language (and US English if no language is set as default). The menu further includes with the 50 languages CSL styles can automatically localize to, from Afrikaans to Welsh. Let’s pick “Catalan”.


If we now create the same Chicago Manual of Style reference again, it will be in Catalan:

Mares, Isabela. 2001. «Firms and the welfare state: When, why, and how does social policy matter to employers?» En Varieties of capitalism. The institutional foundations of comparative advantage, editat per Peter A Hall i David Soskice, 184-213. New York: Oxford University Press.

Notice how this didn’t just change the vocabulary (“In” turned into “En”, “edited by” into “editat per”, and “and” into “i”) but also the quotation marks. Localization of CSL styles further extends to date formats, ordinal numbers, and other punctuation.

How Does It Work?
For those interested in a bit of technical background, here goes: To allow for automatic localization, the Citation Style Language defines a fixed set of terms that are translated to the various locales in separate “locale files”. When a CSL style uses one of these terms, the proper translation is automatically selected. For example, the CSL code that resulted in “edited by Peter A Hall and David Soskice” and “editat per Peter A Hall i David Soskice” in the examples above is:

<names variable=”editor translator” delimiter=”. “>
<label form=”verb” text-case=”capitalize-first” suffix=” “/>
<name and=”text” delimiter=”, “/>

This prints the translation of “editor” term (of form “verb”) from the US English or Catalan locale files in front of the names of the editors.

What If My Language Is Missing or Incorrect?
At CSL headquarters, we are fluent in only a handful of languages. So, if your favorite language is absent from the drop-down menu, you might be the best person to help us add it! Just follow our translation instructions, and feel free to ask for help at the CSL locale file issue tracker. You can also use the issue tracker to suggest better translations for existing CSL locale files.

Some CSL styles will localize better than others. E.g. if a style doesn’t use the “editor” term but directly uses “edited by”, this string cannot be automatically translated. The same holds for punctuation and dates: only styles that fully rely on the CSL locale files can properly localize. If you come across styles that don’t fully localize, you can either contact Mendeley support (who often pass your comments on to us), or create an issue at the CSL style issue tracker.

Finally, there are some limits in CSL when it comes to localization, and CSL might not support all the idiosyncrasies of your preferred language. While we hope to keep improving localization support in future versions of CSL, for now you can either correct such issues by hand after generating your bibliographies, or create a CSL style dedicated to your language.

We hope you enjoy the improvements, but let us know what you think in the comments or via the feedback channels above!

1. The features described in this post were introduced in Mendeley Desktop v1.13.4.
2. All non-English locale-specific CSL styles include their locale in the style name (in English). E.g. “Archéologie médiévale (French)”.

Changes to the Elsevier manuscript sharing policy: how they affect Mendeley & you

On April 30th, Elsevier updated its policies regarding how Elsevier papers may be used to more closely align with the STM Association principles and to address usage on social networks, which have become popular since the last time the policy was updated (yeah, it was that old!) For Mendeley and other sites on which research is shared, the main thing is that there are fewer restrictions on what sorts of use are permitted, but we also get some technical help with a new article tagging proposal.

What it means for a Mendeley user

The day-to-day experience of a researcher using Mendeley won’t change. We plan to use the new machine-readable information in the PDFs to improve our catalog search, recommendation features, and article-level information available via the Mendeley API. We would also like to encourage researchers to add the new author manuscripts to their researcher profiles.

While we continue to dream of and work towards a world where all research is available to anyone without restriction, this is a welcome step forward. At Mendeley, we worked closely with Elsevier to ensure these changes help the whole scholarly communications ecosystem – researchers, publishers, librarians, and developers of new technology – and found Elsevier a willing and forthcoming partner in our work to meet the changing needs of of researchers. For any new startups that have bold new ideas about how to make research better, get in touch with Alicia or Alexandra – they don’t bite!

What we like about the policy

  • We like that the policy is much simpler to understand. The old policy was complicated and had all sorts of exceptions. Simpler policies allow us to provide a better user experience.
  • We like that the policy is not too prescriptive re: sharing platforms. The online world changes rapidly and it’s good that Elsevier is signaling willingness to work with existing sites and whatever YikYak-for-research might be yet to come.
  • We like that author manuscripts have a CC license applied. This helps remove the uncertainty about reuse permissions.
  • We like that the policy isn’t just words – a proposed new standard for article tagging, to be developed in collaboration with sharing platforms and other publishers, will make it easier for us to build advanced search and discovery features, as well as to provide better article usage stats to Scopus,, Plum Analytics, etc. Importantly for stats, the machine-readable tags will now include information such as article license & document version.

The above changes aren’t just good for us, they’re good for everyone – Mendeley user or not. We understand that researchers need a range of tools and services to support their work, so we worked hard to ensure these changes help the whole scholarly communications ecosystem – researchers, publishers, librarians, and developers of new technology. Of course, we’re on the progressive end of things at Mendeley, so there are some parts of the policy we don’t feel goes far enough.

What we don’t like about the policy

  • The author manuscript embargo. We believe that libraries and researchers will still value the permanently archived, DOI-linked, more readable and fully-citable version of record, regardless of the prevalence of author manuscripts. We’re not alone in our dislike of this, either. Harnad and Kevin Smith single this out as the main issue. Here’s the thing – it’s entirely reasonable for Elsevier to worry that IR copies might end up substituting for publisher copies. If librarians and researchers do actually value the permanently archived, DOI-linked, and variously enhanced version of record, you need to make your voices heard on this so that we can get policies based on evidence and demand, not worry and risk projections.
  • The NC-ND bit of the Creative Commons license on author manuscripts. The NC license will create confusion about use of the work in academic settings and the ND license will cause uncertainty in applications such as text-mining. For what it’s worth, we have been told the license isn’t intended to restrict use in classrooms or text mining.
  • The distinction between commercial and non-commercial sites. We don’t like that for-profit enterprise is singled out as if we’re somehow more risky to partner with. Mendeley reached out to Academia, ScienceScape, MyScienceWork, Pubchase, Sparrho and others for guidance as we worked with Elsevier, and their feedback has helped shape the policy. We would therefore like to suggest that the disdain we sometimes encounter within academia for for-profit enterprise is misplaced.
  • Overall, we think the positives outweigh the negatives. Though there’s bound to be some cases where one particular part of the policy has an outsized and unforeseen effect – this is inevitable when trying to restrict use of digital content – they are not presenting this policy as cast-iron and immutable for the next decade, so please let them know if some part of the policy is really ill-suited to your particular application.

    There’s one other thing we’d like to mention. It’ll do no good if this overture from Elsevier is ignored or repudiated, so we’d also like to suggest that criticism of the policy be done with a fresh set of eyes. We’re not suggesting that the past be forgotten and we’re certainly no stranger to grand-standing and revolutionary rhetoric, but we also think good behavior should be rewarded if there is to be more of it. Embargo aside, this does lift the burden somewhat on those trying to innovate in the scholarly communications space, so that’s why it is, on balance, a positive step forward in our eyes.

    Elsevier Guide for Authors

    Last week, in collaboration with Elsevier’s Guide for Authors team, we quietly rolled out a small, but worthwhile improvement for authors who use Mendeley, and who are submitting to Elsevier journals.

    When viewing the ‘Guide for Authors’ page on an Elsevier journal site, the section on how to format your references now contains a link that will install the correct citation style for that journal in Mendeley Desktop, in a single click!

    This is available today for 1673 Elsevier Journals.  You can see an example on the European Journal of Radiology, or try it for yourself directly: Use APA 6th in Mendeley.

    Even for journals where authors are free to use any reference style at submission (and Elsevier will then ensure the correct style is used in the published article), if it is easy enough for authors to use the right style at submission, many authors will just do that. The one click reference style incorporation into Mendeley as described above achieves that ease of use.

    Creating these links

    While we’ve rolled this out with Elsevier Journals initially, anyone who gets submissions of papers with certain reference style guidelines can create and distribute one-click citation style install links for Mendeley.

    Currently, the links only works with styles from the project (see the repository of styles on GitHub). To create one of these links, you first need a citation style’s unique ID.  The style repository contains the list of available citation styles, some are in the main folder, and many are in the ‘dependent’ folder.

    Click on the filename of the style you want to link to. The unique ID is the part that is highlighted in blue below.


    Simply construct the Mendeley link using the following format:[unique-id-of-style]

    So for the above example, the final link would look like:

    That’s it 🙂 Test it yourself first to check that it works before distributing the links, but feel free to use these links on your journal or departmental webpages.


    Mendeley and Elsevier, 2 years on.

    Dear Mendeley community,

    It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two years since Mendeley joined Elsevier. In those two years we’ve seen a lot of exciting developments and improvements. We’ve almost doubled the size of our user base, as well as that of our team, and we continue to grow at an amazing pace (check out our recruitment page to get an idea of what that looks like). Our community has grown to four million users and we now have over 2,600 Mendeley Advisors all over the world. So, I’d say, that’s a pretty good result for the Mendeley and Elsevier teams working to make this a success.

    But of course, there’s more: The Newsflo acquisition in January 2015 means that we’ll soon be able to bring our users some exciting new features around measuring the impact and media mentions of their research, and it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the development of Mendeley as a broad user-focused research platform. The added resources that Elsevier brought to Mendeley also allowed us to develop the long-awaited Mendeley Android App (besides, of course, improving and polishing our already existing iOS App), which is definitely exciting.

    We’ve also made a lot of progress integrating products and workflows of Mendeley and Elsevier, working towards making your research workflow more efficient, agile, and simply better. A step further in that direction is that we’ll soon enable selected groups of users to use their original Mendeley accounts with Elsevier products, by integrating these two accounts. If you’re one of those users, this means that your Mendeley username and password will automatically allow you access to products such as Scopus and Elsevier products (if you already have institutional access to those products), as well as ScienceDirect. Over the coming months, we’ll be extending this to the whole Mendeley user base.

    The ultimate objective of this is to enable greater access to a wider range of content across both Mendeley and Elsevier. This includes existing products (such as Mendeley, ScienceDirect, Scopus, etc.), but also upcoming products and features (ssshhhh…). In the future, this will also allow Elsevier users to more easily create a Mendeley account. At the same time, you will have full control over your data (see our original promise) and we will continue to support standard and open data formats for import and export.

    We’ve put together some FAQs below, but if you have any questions about this – or anything else – you can reach out as usual, either by leaving a comment below or tweeting @mendeley_com.

    Thank you
    Jan Reichelt
    Co-Founder and President of Mendeley


    In the next few months, you might be asked to “authenticate your Mendeley account” – what does that mean?
    This means that the data you currently use to sign in to Mendeley will be used to create an Elsevier account “in the background” (i.e. no visible change for you). This will ultimately give you more access to content and features, and will help us to provide you with a better experience (not two different accounts, in two different systems, with two different credentials, for something that should effectively be one research workflow). To do this, we ask you to re-enter your password and please accept the Elsevier Terms and Conditions (since we are part of Elsevier).

    What will this change mean for me?
    Once your Mendeley account has been connected to the newly created Elsevier account, you will be able to use the same username and password that you use for Mendeley, to sign in to other Elsevier products like ScienceDirect and Scopus.

    If I already have an Elsevier account, how do I connect my Mendeley account to it?
    We will be prompting users to do this over the coming months. It will be a straightforward process of re-entering both your Mendeley password and Elsevier account passwords and consolidating the data held in both accounts.

    What other Elsevier products will I be able to log into with my Mendeley username and password?
    Currently you’ll be able to log in to ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Engineering Village using your Mendeley username and password. In the future we’ll be looking to expand this functionality to make it easier for users to switch between products, minimizing the amount of time you have to spend authenticating and gain access to various tools and resources.

    Can I keep my Mendeley account separate from Elsevier?
    In the long term, the answer is no. Mendeley has now been a part of Elsevier for two years, so it would be odd if we didn’t try to bring the products together. All Mendeley accounts will eventually need to be authenticated, and we believe it’s the right thing to do. We always wanted to connect the different products with each other and to integrate different services for our users. We are not making any changes to the way we store or use data about your documents, library or how you collaborate with each other on Mendeley. In the future, this will also make it easier for existing Elsevier users to use Mendeley. Of course, we will allow plenty of time so that you can take this step at a convenient time for you.

    Will there be any difference in the way I sign in to Mendeley?
    No. You will still use the same username and password to sign in to all Mendeley products, including Desktop, iOS, and the website, as well as any third-party applications that use your Mendeley username and password. From a workflow perspective, nothing changes for you at this point in time. This step allows us to better tie multiple products together, to make it easier for you to switch between products, as well as help us to be more efficient and better in our database management.

    Will I be able to access my Mendeley library after I have authenticated my account?
    Yes. All of your data, documents and groups will be maintained within Mendeley after your account has been authenticated. This is true for your Mendeley web library, for Mendeley Desktop, and Mendeley’s mobile apps.

    Who has access to my data?
    Once your account has been authenticated , the data that you used to register and sign in to Mendeley will be made available to other Elsevier products in order to allow you to sign in to these products as well. We are not making any changes to the way we store or use data about your documents, library or how you collaborate with each other on Mendeley products. All of your data will continue to be stored, maintained and used in accordance with the Mendeley Privacy Policy and Elsevier Privacy Policy.

    Why do I have to enter my password?
    That’s how we ensure that you are the owner of the Mendeley account and agree to connect your Mendeley account to an Elsevier account.

    I am having problems with authenticating my account. How can I get help?
    Please contact us at Feedback welcome!

    Finding Better Ways of Mining Scientific Publications

    TDM Workshop

    Mendeley is supporting the 3rd edition of the International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications, which will take place on the 12th September 2014 in London. The event will bring together researchers and practitioners from across industry, government, digital libraries and academia to address the latest challenges in the field of mining data from scientific publications.

    Kris Jack, Chief Data Scientist at Mendeley, is part of the organizing Committee, which also includes The Open University and The European Library. Following a very successful call for papers, he is now looking forward to a very busy and productive day of presentations and discussions:

    “We’ve had a record number of high-quality submissions this year, so were really spoiled for choice in putting together the agenda, which combines long papers, short papers, demonstrations and various presentations. We also worked with Elsevier to engage directly with the research community, which is really fantastic.”

    As part of that ongoing outreach, Gemma Hersh, Policy Director at Elsevier, will be giving a brief presentation and answering questions from the participants regarding the company’s recently updated Text and Data Mining policy, and how it can best support the evolving needs of the research community.

    As in previous years, this workshop is run in conjunction with the Digital Libraries conference – DL 2014 – and participants can register on the City University London website to attend the entire conference or just the workshops/tutorials.

    See the full programme below, and for the latest updates be sure to follow @WOSP2014  or send any questions to @_krisjack or @alicebonasio on Twitter






    Keynote talk

    Information Extraction and Data Mining for Scholarly Big Data

    Dr. C. Lee Giles


    Long paper

    A Comparison of two Unsupervised Table Recognition Methods from Digital Scientific Articles

    Stefan Klampfl, Kris Jack and Roman Kern


    Short paper

    A Keyquery-Based Classification System for CORE

    Michael Völske, Tim Gollub, Matthias Hagen and Benno Stein


    Short paper

    Discovering and visualizing interdisciplinary content classes in scientific publications

    Theodoros Giannakopoulos, Ioannis Foufoulas, Eleftherios Stamatogiannakis, Harry Dimitropoulos, Natalia Manola and Yannis Ioannidis




    Long paper

    Efficient blocking method for a large scale citation matching

    Mateusz Fedoryszak and Łukasz Bolikowski


    Long paper

    Extracting Textual Descriptions of Mathematical Expressions in Scientific Papers

    Giovanni Yoko Kristianto, Goran Topic and Akiko Aizawa


    Short paper

    Towards a Marketplace for the Scientific Community: Accessing Knowledge from the Computer Science Domain

    Mark Kröll, Stefan Klampfl and Roman Kern


    Short paper

    Experiments on Rating Conferences with CORE and DBLP

    Irvan Jahja, Suhendry Effendy and Roland Yap


    Short paper

    A new semantic similarity based measure for assessing research contribution

    Petr Knoth and Drahomira Herrmannova



    Elsevier’s Text and Data Mining Policy

    Gemma Hersh




    Keynote talk

    Developing benchmark datasets of scholarly documents and investigating the use of anchor text physics retrieval

    Birger Larsen


    Demo paper

    AMI-diagram: Mining Facts from Images

    Peter Murray-Rust, Richard Smith-Unna and Ross Mounce


    Demo paper

    Annota: Towards Enriching Scientific Publications with Semantics and User Annotations

    Michal Holub, Róbert Móro, Jakub Ševcech, Martin Lipták and Maria Bielikova


    Demo paper

    The ContentMine scraping stack: literature-scale content mining with community maintained collections of declarative scrapers

    Richard Smith-Unna and Peter Murray-Rust




    Long paper

    GROTOAP2 – The methodology of creating a large ground truth dataset of scientific articles

    Dominika Tkaczyk, Pawel Szostek and Lukasz Bolikowski


    Long paper

    The Architecture and Datasets of Docear’s Research Paper Recommender System

    Joeran Beel, Stefan Langer, Bela Gipp, and Andreas Nürnberger


    Long paper

    Social, Political and Legal Aspects of Text and Data Mining

    Michelle Brook, Peter Murray-Rust and Charles Oppenheim



    Expanding impact: The Mendeley Webinar Series

    The lone cowboy researcher motif has ridden off into the sunset. With research becoming more and more collaborative and multi-disciplinary, the support networking surrounding researchers is ever-expanding in size and importance. Librarians and institutional support can be especially key; researchers need to have access to the best tools to help them be even more efficient and effective.

    Learn how Mendeley can help researchers, librarians, and institutions drive research success with our webinar series, launching this week. This series of four free webinars explores the premium features for users and advanced analytics for librarians being used by institutions across the world.

    Want to know what’s happening next for Mendeley? The series kicks-off with Jan Reichelt, Mendeley co-founder and President of Mendeley, who will share the Mendeley roadmap for the next few years.

    Schedule and registration information:

    Thursday 26 June 2014 17:00-17:50 hrs. CEST


    “One year after joining Elsevier – The even better Mendeley!”

    Join Jan Reichelt, Mendeley co-founder and President of Mendeley, discusses becoming part of Elsevier, his vision for the future, and how Mendeley continues to “change the way we do research.” Jan will also review the upcoming Mendeley roadmap for rest of 2014 as well as what new innovations to expect from the Mendeley and Elsevier team in 2015. [Register for this webinar]



    Tuesday 1 July 2014 16:00-16:50 hrs. CEST

    jensdamm“Vision of Technical University of Denmark’s use of Mendeley to drive research and scientific collaboration”

    Technical University of Denmark, or DTU, is one of the foremost technical universities in Europe and continues to excel with increasing number of publications and extensive global industry partnerships each year. To build on its vision of research and technical excellence DTU rolled out Mendeley to all of the university and participation grew by 250% in less than 6 months. In this session, presenter Jens Damm Fledelius, Head of Projects at DTU, will talk about the vision of the university library, the progress of the Mendeley project, early signs of success, and the future steps forward. [Register for this webinar]




    Thursday 17 July 2014 11:00-11:50 hrs. CEST

    “The library’s role in supporting research impact at Hong Kong Baptist University and Eurofound”

    christopherchan chloeleiLearn about how Mendeley supports research results and collaboration from two different institutions. Hong Kong Baptist University, a publicly-funded institution focused on providing the best whole person education for its students and European Foundation, will share about their teaching and research focus and why reference management tools are an essential part of the education process from librarians Christopher Chan and Chloe Lei.

    vandammeThe European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions (Eurofound) is a tripartite European Union Agency, whose role is to provide knowledge in the area of social and work-related policies will discuss how Mendeley is crucial to sharing and dissemination of new scientific trends and information. Jan Vandamme of the Eurofound Information Centre, will give insights to how these institutions came to learn about Mendeley, their evaluation process, building a business case for internal support, planning of user deployment, the results so far, and their plans for the future. [Register for this webinar]




    Thursday 17 July 2014 11:00-11:50 hrs. CEST

    Mendeley @ Stanford University

    helenJosephineHear about how the library team at Stanford University selected Mendeley, an evolutionary reference management tool connected to one of largest academic social networks, to deploy to researchers and faculty. In one year, more than a thousand researchers have joined the Mendeley group @ Stanford to support both research collaboration and individual research projects. Librarian Helen Josephine teams up with Jessica Rylan, PhD Student, and Gennifer Smith, Master’s Student, to give an overview of how the library took on the initiative and how the students and researchers have embraced the new researcher’s tool to support their work. [Register for this webinar]

    If you attend, let us know what you think of the webinar in the comments below!