There are a lot of comparisons of commercial and non-commercial reference management software available on the web. We recommend the following tables created by librarians:
To decide which one of the many reference management systems to use, first aks yourself the following questions:
- Which system do my colleagues use?
- Is the system compatible with my operating system/word processor?
- Which databases are available for import?
The IVS-BM has outlined their concerns about using Mendeley in their blog. They point out that “everybody should be aware of applicable copyright law in their country of research if they use cloud applications, such as Mendeley, for sharing and accessing full-texts on the web“.
The document “Mendeley – Information for users and librarians” can be downloaded at
http://www.biochem.mpg.de/en/facilities/ivs/Dokumente/Mendeley.pdf http://www.biochem.mpg.de/886451/Mendeley.pdf (pdf).
Here are the dates for the upcoming online workshops on bibliographic management systems:
- Reference Management with Mendeley – June 4
- Reference Management with Papers – June 6
- Reference Management with Zotero – June 13
- Literaturverwaltungssysteme – Einführung & Überblick (in German) – June 25
- Literaturverwaltung mit EndNote (in German) – July 2
- Reference Management with EndNote – July 9
All workshops begin at 10:30 am and last 90 minutes.
Attendance is free of charge for staff and guests of the Max Planck Society, but online registration is required.
The online workshops are offered by the Scientific Information Retrieval Services for the Biology & Medicine Section of the Max Planck Society. Find more details on schedule, technical requirements and registration at
Mendeley announced in its blog that Elsevier aquired Mendeley last week. They has immediatly promised to continue with the free version of Mendeley and doubled everyone’s storage space at no cost. So Mendeley seems to continue as a standalone platform but Elsevier’s products (Scopus and ScienceDirect) will become interoperable with Mendeley.
Mendeley is both a desktop and a web reference management program for managing and sharing references and research papers. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application and Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.
Mendeley Guides and Video Tutorials