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Reference Management Tools: Mendeley

Mendeley at the University of South Africa

Mendeley is a reference manager, academic collaboration network and crowdsourced database with a unique layer of social information research. Mendeley Desktop is available on Mac, Windows and Linux. Mendeley Web functions on all major browsers. Mobile versions of Mendeley are available for Ipad, Iphone and Android devices.

The University of South Africa (Unisa) Library now offers enhanced and expanded Mendeley access for all users with Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE).

What is Mendeley Institutional Edition?

MIE empowers Unisa users with more productivity and collaboration options. If you join the Unisa group, you'll get 5 GB of personal space in Mendeley and 20 GB of shared space. The MIE offers users extended team plans that allow you to create an unlimited number of shared groups with up to 25 members.

How can you get access to our MIE subscription?

1. Sign in to your Mendeley account, or create an account if you do not have one.

2. Join the Unisa group here:  On that page, click the “Join this Group” link. If    you did not use your Unisa email to set up your Mendeley account, you’ll be prompted for your Unisa email address, and a link will be sent there for joining the group.

Top 10 Mendeley Features

1. Join the Mendeley Academic Collaboration Network

Create an account and start interacting with over 4 million like-minded researchers.  

2. Import Your Reference Libraries from other Reference Managers such as Endnote and RefWorks

Download the Mendeley Migration Guide from this page to get started.

3. Join one of thousands of Public Groups or start your own Public Group.

Visit Mendeley's group directory to browse existing groups or create your own using our dedicated guide to public groups.

4. Create a Private Group and collaborate with colleagues by reading and annotating together.

Find out more in our dedicated guide to private groups.

5. Discover Readership Statistics about the paper you are reading.

Browse Mendeley’s crowd-sourced research catalog of millions of papers

6. Showcase your publication history.

Add your personal publications to your Mendeley profile using Mendeley Desktop, or by visiting your profile page.

7. Choose from one of 8000+ citation styles or create your own!

Use the CSL Editor to explore and modify existing styles. Automatically download journal styles from Elsevier's Author Guides.

8. Drag and drop PDFs automatically extract metadata about research papers.

Add new entries to your library in just a few seconds. Verify the extracted metadata manually, or automatically using a document identifier lookup.

9. Enable the File Organizer to bring order to your stored file.

Mendeley saves your references in the cloud, but you can also opt to download local copies and automatically rename the PDFs using a naming scheme you specify.

10. Mendeley Desktop is available on Mac, Windows and Linux. Mendeley Web functions on all major browsers.

For more details, visit our dedicated resource center.

Mendeley at a glance

Mendeley Institutional Edition

Mendeley Institutional Edition Features

mendeley ie

Compare Free Mendeley to Mendeley Institutional Edition:


Basic Individual Free

Mendeley Institutional Edition

Personal library space

2 GB

5 GB

Shared library space

100 MB

20 GB

Private group size (collaborators)


Up to 25

# of private groups



Mendeley Suggest Tool



Institutional Home Page



Analytics Dashboard



Customer Support Services

Via on-line only

  • Elsevier OSCS
  • Priority on-line support


Via on-line resource center only

  • One customized train-the-trainer session

  • Access to on-line resource center

Deployment Program Services



Alumni Policy