Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF reader designed for researchers, students, and knowledge-workers.
Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, read and annotate your PDFs, and collaborate with others in private groups. Sync your library across all your devices including Mendeley Desktop, where you can easily cite your research as you write in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.
• Read, highlight & annotate PDFs from anywhere
• Sync annotations & documents across all your devices
• Save PDFs to your Mendeley library from other apps or your web browser
• Use Mendeley offline during your commute, and sync when you have connection
• Search your library for keywords in the Title, Authors, Publication or Abstract
• Edit document details (Title, Authors, Publication details, etc…)
• Download or remove PDFs on demand, to easily manage device storage space
• All features are available on your Tablet or Phone
"What [Mendeley] are up to is boldly innovative. The Mendeley team is attempting nothing less than changing the way scientists conduct and share their research." - Wired
Fixed crash affecting some users.
Ratings and Reviews
Acceptable but could be much more
I use mendeley as the primary reference manager on my laptop, where it does an amazing job. The ease of importing into the mobile app is good, but I really want to be able to free-form annotate files using the Pencil without having to leave the app: this would be a fantastic feature. This would enable me to mark-up my annotations and sync them across all devices without having to:
Export from mendeley to GoodNotes
Mark up in GoodNotes
Re-import into mendeley
Delete the original reference
In the process this also freezes the annotations in place, leaving me no way of modifying them later on.
With real pen support, this app would be the one-stop place for annotation and serious academic reference management with sync back to a “proper” computer.
It becomes extremely slow when I want to select a sentence
I’ve used Mendeley for a while, before it was all good. However, since last time I updated it, it has got some issues in selecting and highlighting. Whenever I want to select a phrase or sentence, the whole page of text will be marked blue, and the react takes a long time. Could you please solve this problem?
Unstable but expected
Working on several platforms, I now see that the inconsistencies and instabilities of this app are not uncommon across all their other products (with the Linux app being the most egregious). The core functionality of this app is certainly desirable, I just wish they could implement it well in at least one platform - it’s just not really reliable or dependable for work, which is a huge shame.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.