Mendeley, A Reference Manager and Social Network
Soichi Tokizane, Library and Information Science, Faculty of Letters, Aichi University
1. Mendeley for Reference Management
Commercially-available reference mangers such as EndNote and RefWorks have been quite popular among researchers, while a new-comer, Mendeley, is mentioned more and more recently. Mendeley, a free tool, consists of Mendeley Desktop for PC and Mac, and Mendeley Web for browsers. Through synchronization, one can view stored articles at work, at home, or even while traveling on your iPad.
Figure 1. Mendeley Desktop
Figure 2. Mendeley Web
Japanese documents had been difficult to register, because Mendeley had difficulty in analyzing Japanese-language PDFs. Now a web tool, "Japanese Articles to Mendeley", helps register Japanese articles.
Figure 3. "Japanese Articles to Mendeley"
2. Mendeley as a Database
Mendeley Web has a search box named, "Paper", though which you may search relevant articles from the vast collection of documents which have been registered by Mendeley users worldwide. If the articles found are open access, you may be able to store such PDFs directly to your library. If not, you can store bibliographic data at least. Any references you have registered to your library are thus a part of this global collection. If you are a researcher of a private corporation, you may want to use Mendeley Desktop without synchronization to protect research secrets.
Figure 4. Search result of "Chemical Dictionary" at Mendeley Web
3. Mendeley as a Social Network
Mendeley is not only a reference manager, but also a powerful research tool. Please try Mendeley and enjoy using it.
Figure 5. The author's profile at Mendeley
Figure 6. Mendeley Group
Introduction of the author
[Biography] Master degree in chemistry at the Faculty of Science, the University of Tokyo. Job histroy includes Toray, the Japan Association for International Chemical Information (JAICI), Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
A member of the Advisory Board on Science and Technology Literature of the National Diet Library.
Authored books such as "Searching chemical literature and database in the internet era", "Using SciFinder", and "Internet for Science Students"
Majors in chemical information, and library and information science