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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 Reference Manager.

At this point, Mendeley is only offering one type of group:

  • 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.


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