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Curating your Online Presence: Mendeley

Interested in boosting your visibility online? This is the guide to get you started.


Mendeley: Elsevier product that includes citation management (comparable to EndNote), funding searching, and research collaboration. Often referred to as the social networking tool for academics with download counts that feed into analytics tools such as PlumX Analytics (Also owned by Elsevier). WPI provides institutional access that allows WPI group members to legally share, save, and edit documents while collaborating in teams. Use your WPI email address when creating your account in order to take advantage of our campus-wide license.

Mendeley: Select it or Reject it?

Why Select Mendeley? Why Reject Mendeley?
  • You want to connect with other researchers who have similar interests.
  • You would like to increase your alternative metrics counts for downloads and 'reads' of your publications.
  • You want to create private groups with your research teams in order to legally share pdfs of research papers.
  • You would like to create public groups where anyone can join and share citations to publications.
  • You are concerned about sharing your data with a for-profit company.
  • You want to avoid online interactions with people you don't know.