Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF reader designed for researchers, students, and knowledge-workers.
Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, read and annotate your PDFs, and collaborate with others in private groups. Sync your library across all your devices including Mendeley Desktop, where you can easily cite your research as you write in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.
• Read, highlight & annotate PDFs from anywhere
• Sync annotations & documents across all your devices
• Save PDFs to your Mendeley library from other apps or your web browser
• Use Mendeley offline during your commute, and sync when you have connection
• Search your library for keywords in the Title, Authors, Publication or Abstract
• Edit document details (Title, Authors, Publication details, etc…)
• Download or remove PDFs on demand, to easily manage device storage space
• All features are available on your Tablet or Phone
"What [Mendeley] are up to is boldly innovative. The Mendeley team is attempting nothing less than changing the way scientists conduct and share their research." - Wired
Ratings and Reviews
Major Flaw - PDFs are not readable in the APP
Mendeley desktop is super useful, mendeley mobile app is virtually useless. I use mendeley to not only save my sources and citations, but also to view my PDFs and write notes on the PDFs for future reference, but all that functionality with the PDFs is not present in the app.
The PDFs I download into my computer are not available in the app. I see the source, but I’m unable to read the content of it, making this ipad close to useless.
The only solution I have found to be able to open my PDFs, is to do this first on a computer: Open the PDF in Chrome, select the print option, save it as a PDF somewhere else on you computer(this sort of gets rid off the original PDFs metadata related to authors, sources, etc.), and then import that other PDF into the Mendeley App. Since some important metadata will be missing, you will have to manually correct the title, add the authors, publication, date. But at least this way, when you sync your account, you will be able to find your PDFs on the ipad.
Lots of potential, but recently too buggy to use
I’ve used this app for the last year, and it had been a great way to read academic papers while on the go, allowing me to highlight text, leave comments, and then sync it back to the desktop app. It always seemed a bit slow, but functional, until about a month ago. Since then, it has really struggled to refresh, sync, and download PDFs. It has crashed multiple times recently, just trying to scroll through a PDF.
This app can be extremely useful, but it really needs to be updated. I love the ability to easily access my mendeley library and keep everything synced, but the app’s recent issues have made it almost useless.
Please fix all these bugs! I’m looking for other options but haven’t yet found anything as seamless to sync between mobile and desktop. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things improve soon!
Real fantastic piece of Software
Mendeley is just a fantastic software which helped me immensely in my academic life. It has saved me from a huge amount of work by helping organise books and article references, as well as its PDF files. The feature of automatic referencing in several international references standards do also help me being more productive and concentrate my energy in thinking and writing than in managing the chaos of files and folders in a file system of any computer. And there is the cloud availability, and free space in this cloud, and synchronisation...it is a must have for academic life at any level.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.