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Mendeley Reference Management: Sharing & Networking

Learn how to use the citation management tool Mendeley to organize resources, format bibliographies & citations, and more.

Share Resources with Groups

Share your references with others by creating a Group. In Mendeley there are three types of Groups:

  1. Private: With the free Mendeley account you can only have 1 private group, with up to 3 people in it. This allows you to create shared reading lists and share PDFs. It is worth noting though that any annotations made in a PDF cannot be viewed by the entire group in their libraries, only by the person who made the annotations.
  2. Invite Only: This option allows you to share references with a group. The public can follow the group, but cannot join, edit, or add citations to it.
  3. Open: With this option anyone in Mendeley can add to it, sharing references.

Create a Group


And select the Type of Group you want

Once you have added the group you can click on it to manage it, which includes adding members.

Networking through Mendeley

Through your Mendeley Web account, you have the ability to network with colleagues across different fields and create a professional online profile (loading your CV, interests, publications, and more). You can follow colleagues to see what they are working on or reading and can keep them up-to-date on your endeavors (an added benefit being that if you are tracking your work's impact, loading it into Mendeley means it will be traced through altmetrics).

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about networking in Mendeley:

Create & Edit Your Profile