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
Needs a built in stay awake option!
I love Mendeley and use it on both my Mac and PC to manage all my references. I also enjoy the iPad application as it allows you to focus on reading and can be used where a laptop cannot. However, many companies set a limit of 2 minutes on managed devices. Some developers of these applications have noticed this isn’t enough time to read without a dim and lock. Notability allows a stay awake option. Please enable this in your application so I can read my papers without constant reductions in brightness and then locking. I would of though for a reading and reference tool this would be a basic feature!
Acceptable but could be much more
I use mendeley as the primary reference manager on my laptop, where it does an amazing job. The ease of importing into the mobile app is good, but I really want to be able to free-form annotate files using the Pencil without having to leave the app: this would be a fantastic feature. This would enable me to mark-up my annotations and sync them across all devices without having to:
Export from mendeley to GoodNotes
Mark up in GoodNotes
Re-import into mendeley
Delete the original reference
In the process this also freezes the annotations in place, leaving me no way of modifying them later on.
With real pen support, this app would be the one-stop place for annotation and serious academic reference management with sync back to a “proper” computer.
Great features but all apps need work
The only Mendeley interface that works well is the web interface. I have used the app on iOS and MacOS, the MacOS app has a lot of inconsistencies and lack of features, but at the moment the iOS app is unusbale.
When the app is opened it goes into what appears to be sync mode (spinning loading wheel) and never exits that state. There is no progress bar to tell the user how long to wait. But the worst is that the app is essentially frozen until it exits this state so I am unable to read the documents that I already have locally. This really needs sorting out.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.