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“Mendeley is a gratis, proprietary desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.” (Wikipedia, retrieved April 2010).


According to Wikipedia:

  • Mendeley Desktop runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Automatic extraction of metadata from PDF papers.
  • Back-up and synchronization across multiple computers and with a private online account.
  • PDF viewer with sticky notes, text highlighting and full-screen reading.
  • Full-text search across papers.
  • Smart filtering, tagging and automatic PDF file renaming.
  • Citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.
  • Import of documents and research papers from external websites via a browser bookmarklet.
  • BibTeX export/file sync
  • Shared collections to collaboratively tag and annotate research papers.
  • Social networking features (newsfeeds, comments, profile pages, etc.).
  • Usage-based readership statistics about papers, authors and publications.


Mendeley does not allow importing bibliographies (i.e. lists of references) that are in text or wordprocessor or PDF format.

To import a list of references:

  • Create an account with wizfolio (similar software). The limited free version is good enough for this task.
  • Create a collection and keep it selected.
  • Add button -> from clip board
    • Wizfolio now will attempt to find the bibliographic data. For a larger list, this will take some time.
  • Export to some Mendeley compatible format
  • Import to Mendeley.