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Mendeley: Share and Collaborate

This guide will help you use Mendeley, the reference manager and academic collaboration network.

Using Groups

Groups in Mendeley allow you to share and collaborate with other researchers with Mendeley accounts. You can create your own groups in Mendeley Desktop or Mendeley Web. Mendeley Web will also allow you to search, join, and follow groups.

Types of Groups

  • Open: An open group will allow anyone to contribute, become a member, or follow.
  • Invite-Only: This group will allow you to share references, but not files, and can be viewed publicly.
  • Private: Private groups allow you to share files and annotations between members. These groups are not visible to others outside the private group. More on private groups and how to use them.

You can follow your groups using the Mendeley Web Dashboard.

When viewing a group in Mendeley Desktop or Web, use the Documents tab to view the shared references, and the Members tab to view or invite members.

Disclaimer: This video is from 2011, and Mendeley's interface has changed some since then.

Your Mendeley Profile

Your Mendeley profile is similar to a social networking profile, except that it focuses on your research and scholarship. Completing your profile helps you connect with others and promote your work.

You can add papers you've authored to the My Publications folder in your Library in Mendeley Desktop or Web.

My Publications

You can also connect your ORCID ID to your Mendeley profile.


After creating your Mendeley account, you may want to adjust your privacy settings. You can find them with your account settings.

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