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 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 on Android – An app guide

One of the big reasons we created the Open APIs into Mendeley data was because we knew we’d never have the time or resources to create everything that you want and we want. Having Mendeley on mobile devices is obviously a big need. That’s why it is great to see third party developers take our APIs and build either full out Mendeley clients, or tiny apps that perform a specific task on a mobile device. Some developers have also tapped into the local storage to build apps. In no particular order then, here are several apps that you can start using on Android enabled devices: Read More »