Mendeley reference management software

Mendeley is a set of platforms, for both online and desktop access, which helps you to manage your references, facilitate your research and is adaptable to suit your workflows.

Unlike other similar software, Mendeley has a strong collaborative focus aiming to function as a research network as well.

Mendeley is a bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Import references from databases, journals and text files
  • Attach PDF files to your references
  • Annotate your PDF files within the software
  • Search for journal articles from within Mendeley
  • Search your own references, notes and annotations in PDFs
  • Insert citations into your documents
  • Generate a bibliography in over 9000 styles
  • Customise output styles
  • Export your reference in BiBTeX for a LaTeX editor
  • Create Groups and collaborate with colleagues

Mendeley reference management software

Getting started with Mendeley

The Mendeley suite consists of two platforms; a desktop software called the Mendeley Reference Manager and an online website. It is compatible with Windows, macOS , Linux and mobile devices.

At the moment, the Mendeley developers are rebuilding the software, please be aware that if you download the BETA version it may not have all the functionality of the existing version.  

To start using it, you have to create an online account with Mendeley. Your login credentials can be used to access your references and PDFs from any device and physical location.

How to access Mendeley Desktop

Mendeley Desktop can be launched on any Imperial-owned or operated machine via the Software Hub.

To download the manager in your personal machine visit Mendeley Reference Management

Once you launch the application in any Imperial computer a “log in” window will ask for your credentials. These are not your Imperial account details but your login credentials used to register with Mendeley online.

NOTE: Mendeley Desktop does not support OSX Catalina
According to the latest guidance from the Mendeley Support Centre (Oct. 2019), Mendeley Desktop does not support OSX Catalina. If you choose to upgrade to OSX Catalina you may be unable to install or access Mendeley Desktop. You should alternatively use your online Library via the web interface.

LaTeX users

LaTex is a standard typesetting system for writing technical and scientific papers. LaTex editors understand references when they are exported and imported in a BibTeX format.

Access the guide on Latex and Mendeley (pdf).

For more information on reference management for LaTeX users please also see our BibTeX for LaTeX webpage.

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