Mendeley Desktop

With Mendeley Desktop, you can easily organize and search your personal library, annotate documents and cite as you write. Download now New Mendeley Reference Manager is now available Get started. Cite as you write Generate citations and bibliographies in a whole range of journal styles with just a. Follow these steps to download Mendeley Desktop: Download Mendeley Desktop here. Run the downloaded installer. Follow the on-screen instructions. The citation plugin is automatically installed when you download Desktop if you have a supported version of Word or LibreOffice installed. Other systems: Mendeley Desktop for Windows Mendeley Desktop for Linux. New Mendeley Reference Manager is now availableGet started. Follow these steps to download Mendeley Desktop: Download Mendeley Desktop here.; Run the downloaded installer. Follow the on-screen instructions. Mendeley automatically captures author, title and publisher information. Access your library anywhere Securely access Mendeley on any computer through the desktop client, web browser, or using your mobile app.

Mendeley Desktop
Original author(s)Paul Foeckler, Victor Henning, Jan Reichelt[1]
Initial releaseAugust 2008
Stable release
1.19.5 / 2019
Available inEnglish
TypeReference management software

Mendeley is a company based in London, UK, which provides products and services for academic researchers. It is most known for its reference manager which is used to manage and share research papers[2] and generate bibliographies for scholarly articles.


Mendeley was named after the biologist Gregor Mendel and chemist Dmitri Mendeleyev,[3] and founded in London in November 2007 by three German PhD students. The first public beta version was released in August 2008. The company's investors included some people previously involved with, Skype, and Warner Music Group,[4] as well as academics from Cambridge and Johns Hopkins University.

Early success[edit]

Victor Henning and Jan Reichelt receiving the Plugg 'European Start-up of the Year' award, 2009

Mendeley won several awards in 2009 including 'European Start-up of the Year 2009',[5][6] TechCrunch Europas 'Best Social Innovation Which Benefits Society 2009',[7] and The Guardian ranked it #6 in 'Top 100 tech media companies'.[8]

In 2012, Mendeley was one of the repositories for green Open Access recommended by Peter Suber.[9] The recommendation was revoked after Elsevier bought Mendeley.[10]

Purchase by Elsevier[edit]

Mendeley was purchased by the academic publisher Elsevier in early 2013. The deal price was speculated to be €50 million (US$65 million).[11] The sale led to debate on scientific networks and in the media interested in Open Access,[12] and upset members of the scientific community[13] who felt that the Mendeley's acquisition by Elsevier was antithetical to Mendeley's open sharing model.[14]

David Dobbs, in The New Yorker, suggested Elsevier's reasons for buying Mendeley could have been to acquire its user data and/or to 'destroy or coopt an open-science icon that threatens its business model.'[14]This was contrasted to a non-profit service like Unpaywall, which marketed itself as not susceptible to a sell-out to Elsevier.[15]

Extensions to product line[edit]

After acquisition, Mendeley subsequently extended its product line into new areas while continuing to iterate on its reference manager.

On 23 September 2013, Mendeley announced iPhone and iPad apps.[16] An Android app followed shortly after.

On 12 January 2015, Mendeley announced the acquisition of Newsflo, a service which provided links to press coverage of researchers' work.[17][18] The functionality was subsequently incorporated into Mendeley Feed and Mendeley Profile.

In April 2016, Mendeley Data, a platform for sharing citable research datasets online, was promoted out of beta.[19]

In October 2016, Mendeley Careers was launched to help researchers to locate job opportunities. [20] As of August 2019, Mendeley Careers offered 295k science and technology job opportunities.[citation needed]

On 24 May 2019, Mendeley announced two new products: Mendeley Reference Manager and Mendeley Cite.[21]

On March 15, 2021 the Mendeley mobile app is being removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play, leaving access via the web site or Mendeley Reference Manager on the desktop.[22] The literature search function in the desktop application has also been removed.


Mendeley is freemium software.

  • Mendeley Desktop, the original reference manager based on the Qt framework that runs on Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux
  • Mendeley Reference Manager (Beta), a replacement reference manager built with Electron that also runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux, and all major web browsers
  • Mendeley Web Importer, a browser extension that imports metadata and retrieves legal full text scholarly articles discovered on the Web
  • Mendeley Cite, an add-in for Microsoft Word for citing references and generating bibliographies
  • Mendeley mobile apps for reading articles on the go, available for iOS and Android. These are being removed on March 15, 2021.[22]
  • Mendeley Profile, a public showcase for research outputs and receiving citation and usage statistics on one's personal research output
  • Mendeley Catalog, a crowd-sourced index of scholarly articles with over 90 million unique records
  • Mendeley Feed, a timeline of new publications from the Mendeley profiles of followed researchers and their mentions in the media
  • Mendeley Suggest, email recommendations of new articles to read based on use within Mendeley
  • Mendeley Data, a free research data management solution
  • Mendeley Careers, a job listings and CV hosting site for researchers
  • Mendeley Funding, a search portal for research funding opportunities
  • Mendeley Institutional Edition, enabling institutional administrators to gain analytical insights into their researchers' use of journals while upgrading reference manager storage and group collaborator limits [23]
  • Mendeley Developer Portal, which offers open APIs for interacting with the reference manager programmatically

Notable features[edit]

  • Mendeley reader counts, a unique readership statistic which has been asserted to predict citation impact [24]
  • Automatic extraction of metadata from PDF articles
  • Claim authored publications by linking the user's Mendeley Profile to Scopus Author Profile
  • Citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word,, and LibreOffice
  • Private groups to share and annotate research papers within copyright-compliant responsible sharing guidelines


In 2018, an update to Mendeley resulted in some users losing PDFs and annotations stored in their accounts.[25] Elsevier fixed the issue for most users after a number of weeks.[26]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^Elsevier (24 July 2013). 'Victor Henning's brief guide to Mendeley'. Elsevier Connect. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^Jason Fitzpatrick (2009-08-17). 'Mendeley Manages Your Documents on Your Desktop and in the Cloud'. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  3. ^Victor Henning, How our name evolved from B-movie monster to Mendeley, 23 April 2008
  4. ^'Case study – Mendeley shares scientific research to build a better future'. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  5. ^ (2009-03-12). 'Winners for Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2009 announced'. Archived from the original on 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-25.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^TechCrunch (2009-03-12). 'Plugg wraps with two very capable winners'. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  7. ^TechCrunch (2009-07-09). 'The Europas: The Winners and Finalists'.
  8. ^The Guardian (2009-09-07). 'The top 100 tech media companies'. London.
  9. ^Suber, Peter (2012). Open Access. MIT Press Essential Knowledge. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN978-0-262-51763-8.
  10. ^Peter Suber (2013-04-09). 'Elsevier bought Mendeley'.
  11. ^Confirmed: Elsevier Has Bought Mendeley For $69M-$100M To Expand Its Open, Social Education Data Efforts. 8 April 2013.
  12. ^Elsevier takes over Mendeley: And you, what do you think?, MyScienceWorkArchived 2013-05-24 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^'The Empire acquires the rebel alliance: Mendeley users revolt against Elsevier takeover'. paidContent. Apr 9, 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  14. ^ ab'When the Rebel Alliance Sells Out', David Dobbs, The New Yorker, April 12, 2013
  15. ^'Unpaywall: a beautiful way to help everyone Get The Research'. 2018-10-28. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  16. ^stevedennis (2013-09-23). 'The New Mendeley for iPad and iPhone'. Mendeley Blog. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  17. ^Bonasio, Alice (2015-01-12). 'Newsflo brings new impact metrics to Mendeley'. Mendeley Blog. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  18. ^'Elsevier Acquires Media Monitoring Company Newsflo'. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  19. ^Josh (2016-04-28). 'Mendeley Data is out of beta'. Mendeley Blog. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  20. ^Desai, Shruti (2016-09-30). 'Search thousands of science and technology jobs at Mendeley Careers – launching in October'. Mendeley Blog. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  21. ^sallyransom (2019-05-24). 'Supporting researchers with the new Mendeley Reference Manager'. Mendeley Blog. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  22. ^ ab'Accessing your Mendeley library after the mobile app is no longer available'. Mendeley Support Center.
  23. ^'Mendeley Manual for Librarians'(PDF). Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  24. ^Thelwall, Mike (2018-06-01). 'Early Mendeley readers correlate with later citation counts'. Scientometrics. 115 (3): 1231–1240. doi:10.1007/s11192-018-2715-9. hdl:2436/621193. ISSN1588-2861.
  25. ^'Thousands of researchers hit by Mendeley update glitch'. Times Higher Education (THE). 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  26. ^'Update on the missing PDF issue'. Mendeley Blog. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-07-04.

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Last Updated on March 21, 2021

For those of you who want to use Mendeley as a citation software, but don’t know how to install it, this article will help you to install it easily. Mendeley is well-liked by many writers. Because one of the advantages is that you can use it for free, aka free of charge.

Read AlsoIntroduction to Mendeley Citation Software

Mendeley has two types of platforms namely Web-based and Desktop-based. But, it requires users to sign up or register first before using this application. The benefit of having an account at Mendeley is that the data or paper that we put in Mendeley will be stored in the cloud. Therefore, it can be accessed through a computer or laptop or an application on a smartphone.

Mendeley Desktop Free Downloads

Here are the steps you need to do to install Mendeley:

Download and Install Mendeley

To download Mendeley, please visit Mendeley’s official website and select the Download menu. Mendeley provides three operating systems on PCs that are compatible with this software, such as Windows 7, 8 and 10 (Version 1803), macOS, and Linux. Usually, Mendeley’s website can immediately recognize the type of operating system you’re using. Then, recommend the software to be downloaded. More detail about the download link shown in Figure 2.

Next, install the software that you have been downloaded. Then, wait for about one to 5 minutes until Mendeley has finished installing. Because it’s free, you don’t need to enter any serial key.

Log in to Mendeley Desktop

The first step that must be done before you can use Mendeley Desktop is to log in. Enter your email and password to start using Mendeley Desktop. The display of the Mendeley Desktop Login page shown in Figure 4.

If you don’t have a Mendeley account, you must Register or Sign Up first. The way is to click the Register button in the lower-left corner. Then you will be directed to register via the Mendeley website. Next, enter the email you registered as an account and follow the next registration step. The display of the Mendeley register page shown in Figure 4.

After completing registration, you will have a Mendeley account on the web and that account will sync with the account that we have on Mendeley Desktop. After having an account you can log in by entering the email and password that you created when registering (See Figure 2). The detail is shown in Figure 5.

Import File to Mendeley

If you can enter Mendeley Desktop, the first step you need to do is insert a paper file, book, or other sources that you will refer to. You can see in the initial appearance of Mendeley Desktop. It has been explained how to import files. You just need to select the Import Document or Library button then select the file you want to add. Besides documents, you also can import libraries from Endnotes, XML, BibTex, RIS, and others. See Figure 6 for more detail.

You can add more files after logging in. The way is easiest, that is select the Add File Icon or follow the instruction in Add and Create comment box. After that select the reference you want to add to Mendeley. See Figure 7 for more detail.

Install Mendeley Citation Plugin for Microsoft Word

The main benefit of Mendeley is it can cite the references quickly. So, you don’t need to type references at the end of the paper or thesis manually. Other than that, the software provides a plugin for integration into Microsoft Word. But, the plugin is not automatically installed. You need to install it manually. Just follow the instructions here when you first log in to Mendeley and select >> Install Now. For more detail see Figure 8.

If you skip this step and haven’t had the time to install the Microsoft Word plugin, you can follow these steps: Select Tools menu >> Install MS Word Plugin. For more information see Figure 9.

Note: Close all Microsoft Word applications when installing the Mendeley MS Word Plugin.

Then, you can start doing citations with Mendeley.

Read Also: Tutorial on Insert Citation and Bibliography Using Mendeley Desktop


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Unable to install the Microsoft Word Plugin

For those who unable to install the Microsoft Word Plugin, Mendeley was not able to find MS word, ActiveX runtime error 429, or other errors when installing the plugin, you might be able to use one of the following methods.

Method 1

This is the easiest method. I assume the Mendeley already installed on your computer. Then:​[1]​

  1. Open Ms. Word, click File > Options > Add-Ins
  2. At the bottom, in the Manage option, select Word Add-ins, then click Go...
  3. After that, on the Templates tab, in the Global templates and add-ins option, click Add...
  4. Go to C:Program Files (x86)Mendeley DesktopwordPlugin
  5. Select “Mendeley-x.xx.x.dotm” file (xx is the plugin version), then click Open
  6. Then on the Templates tab, when the Mendeley file loaded, click OK.
  7. After that, try to check References menu, whether the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic menu already exists.

Method 2

Before starting, we need to display hidden files and folders in settings. In the menu of Windows Explorer, click View -> Options -> Change folder and search options -> select the View tab -> Hidden files and folders -> select Show hidden files, folders, and drives). Then:​[2]​

  1. First, uninstall the Mendeley Desktop from your computer.
  2. Download the latest version of Mendeley from the Mendeley site (if you haven’t)
  3. Reinstall the latest version of Mendeley Desktop
  4. Then open Mendeley, click tool -> install MS word plugin
  5. After that, please open C:Users[YourUserName]AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWordStartup. Or you can search on C:Program Files (x86)Mendeley DesktopwordPlugin
  6. Copy the “Mendeley-x.xx.x.dotm” file (xx is the plugin version)
  7. Then paste it in C:Users[YourUserName]AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWordAutostart
  8. After that, open Ms. Word, try to check References menu, whether the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic menu already exists.

Method 3

  1. First, uninstall the Mendeley Desktop from your computer.
  2. Download the latest version of Mendeley from the Mendeley site (if you haven’t)
  3. Reinstall the latest version of Mendeley Desktop
  4. Then open Mendeley, click tool -> install MS word plugin
  5. Then, click again tool -> uninstall MS word plugin (we need this process)
  6. After that, please open C:Program Files (x86)Mendeley DesktopwordPlugin
  7. Copy the “Mendeley-x.xx.x.dotm” file (xx is the plugin version)
  8. Then paste it in C:Users[YourUserName]AppDataRoamingMicrosoftAddIns (the user name on your computer)
  9. Then, again, open Mendeley, click tool -> install MS word plugin
  10. After that, open Ms. Word, try to check References menu, whether the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic menu already exists.

Alternate way to get mendeley-x.xx.x.dotm file

Some people may be looking for a way to download Mendeley’s dotm file. Commonly, by downloading from the Mendeley site and installing it, we can find mendeley’s dotm in the installation folder (usually in C:Program Files (x86)Mendeley DesktopwordPlugin). Then, if you can’t find it after installing Mendeley Desktop, the installer may be corrupted. By the way, you could get mendeley’s dotm file using this steps:

  1. Download 7-zip and install it.
  2. Download the latest version of Mendeley from the Mendeley site
  3. Right click on the Mendeley’s installer file, then select 7-zip -> Open archive
  4. Go to wordPlugin folder, then you will find the “Mendeley-x.xx.x.dotm” file inside.

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Insert citation button missing

When installing the Mendeley word plugin, the Mendeley menu successfully appears in Microsoft Word. But when Microsoft Word was restarted, the Insert Citation button is missing. If you experience this, then you could try the following method:​[3]​

  1. Click the File menu > Options
  2. Select Trust Center > Trust Center Settings ...
  3. Select Enable all macros then click OK
  4. Restart the Microsoft Word

But there is a risk using this method. If the Word file has a harmful macro script, it can have an impact on your computer. So you may need to check the file using antivirus before opening in Microsoft Word.

The api-ms-win-crt-stdio-l1-1.0.dll is missing

When installing the Mendeley Desktop, it completes successfully. But you may see an error when opening the Mendeley Desktop, such as “the program can't start because api-ms-win-crt-stdio-l1-1.0.dll is missing from your computer“.

If it is the case, then you need to download the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio as follows:​[4]​

  • x86: vc_redist.x86.exe
  • x64: vc_redist.x64.exe

Then install both of them. However, if your computer is 32bit, you may need to install only the x86 version.

Ms. Word crash/hang often when using Mendeley

This generally happens when you install the EndNote and Mendeley plugins on Ms. Word. If you have crash/hang issues when using Mendeley, try disabling EndNote:​[5]​

Mendeley Desktop For Windows

  1. Open the File menu in Ms. Word,
  2. Select Options then Add-Ins,
  3. In the Add-ins list, at the bottom, select COM Add-ins and then click Go,
  4. Uncheck EndNote Cite While you Write,
  5. Click OK.

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