Monday, March 30, 2009

Mendeley - Academic software for research papers

Do you hate it when Mac users brag about using Papers? Do you use a PC but also want a great reference managing software?

Mendeley is a free, award-winning, desktop and web solution designed for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, an easy-to-use PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.
(From wikipedia)

I know that lots of fellow researchers/bloggers have talked about Mendeley, but I feel it deserves to be seen by everyone.
This is a great aid for managing articles and also for creating references lists, as it easily integrates with Microsoft Word. You can also just drag-n-drop a PDF article into Mendeley and it automatically extracts all the metadata (authors, pages, journal, etc.). But what if the metadata is incomplete? Well, you just enter the PMID of the article, and Mendeley will find the info and add it!!
Also it has several web-based features that deserve checking out, for example, data sharing, online networking, etc.

Test it... it's great, and it's free! Visit it's website now.

Here's a screenshot: