Mendeley Reference Manager Review

Mendeley Reference Manager Review

Mendeley Reference Manager is a web and desktop-based application designed to help you gather, organize and cite all your references. Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data, and collaborating online.

What is Mendeley Reference Manager?

Mendeley Reference Manager is a free web and desktop reference management application. It helps you simplify your reference management workflow so you can focus on achieving your goals.

With Mendeley Reference Manager you can:

  • Store, organize and search all your references from just one library.
  • Seamlessly insert references and bibliographies into your Microsoft® Word documents using Mendeley Cite.
  • Read, highlight and annotate PDFs, and keep all your thoughts across multiple documents in one place.
  • Collaborate with others by sharing references and ideas.

Mendeley Cite add-in for Microsoft® Word allows you to easily insert references from your Mendeley library into your Word document, change your citation style and generate a bibliography – all without leaving your document.

Mendeley Reference Manager

Get started by creating your Mendeley account on the web, download the desktop application (Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux) on any number of computers, and access Mendeley Manager web. Sync your Mendeley library between all your workspaces.

Install the brand-new citation tool, Mendeley Cite compatible with Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Word versions 2016 and above, and the Microsoft Word app for iPad®.

If you use an earlier version of Word, you can use the existing Mendeley Citation Plugin for Word available with Mendeley Desktop. The Word Plugin is compatible with Windows Word 2007, 2010, 2013; Mac Word 2011, 2016; and LibreOffice.

A free Mendeley account provides:

  • Personal Web Space with 2GB of storage space (about 2,000 to 8,300 PDFs depending on the size of the PDF).
  • Shared Web Space to create private groups with a maximum of 25 people per group.
  • The Mendeley Support site is a great place to look for more information on all aspects of the program.

Pros and Cons

Mendeley Reference Manager Pros

  • Easy to use interface
  • Drag-and-drop functions make article indexing particularly simple
  • Easily works with Word
  • Importing different reference formats
  • File organization
  • Search bar for Finding relevant references

Mendeley Reference Manager Cons

  • Syncing errors when using multiple devices occur infrequently (but still too often), leading to lost work and retrieved articles.
  • Mendeley’s servers sometimes are down, which prevents group work from being conducted on multiple machines through group folders.


In conclusion, Mendeley is an exciting tool that brings many new features to the world of scholarly communication. While traditional citation managers should not yet be forgotten, programs such as Mendeley and Colwiz have shown how the power of Web 2.0 can encourage innovative and valuable developments in research and academia.

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