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My Experience with Mendeley: In my role at Pubrica,
working on numerous scientific and academic projects,
Mendeley has been a game-changer. The ease of
managing citations and references has significantly
streamlined my workflow. Especially, when I edit my
client’s manuscripts. As part of Pubrica’s Manuscript
Editing Services, I frequently encounter documents that
require substantial editing. Upon reviewing these
manuscripts, I often consider the benefits of revising from
the ground up, as reediting these documents can be as
challenging as navigating through a complex,
Introduction to Mendeley
The Necessity of Citation Tools in Research: In research
writing, accurately citing others’ work is crucial. Tools like
Mendeley not only make referencing easier but also guide
readers to relevant works, enhancing the scholarly value
of your research.
Mendeley: A Standout
Among Citation Tools
Comparing Reference Management Tools: While there
are several tools available, such as Endnote and
Zotero, Mendeley stands out for its unique
functionalities like offline access and multi-device
Unique Features of Mendeley: Owned by Elsevier,
Mendeley offers features beyond just referencing,
including file management, document sharing, and
annotating capabilities, making it a comprehensive
tool for researchers.
Reference Tool What it Looks Like Cost How to Get It Additional Notes
RefWorks Video Tutorials Free at UofT
Group code for off-campus access;
Downloads available upon logging
in, under Tools menu
Zotero Video Tour Free and open source Create account; Download –
Mendeley Video Tutorials Free for everyone
Create account; Download desktop
client; Install Web Importer; Install
Word plugin: Windows or Mac
EndNote Web Overview Video Free https://www.myendnoteweb.com Purchase from UofT Bookstore
EndNote Desktop Video Training $90 for UofT community Purchase from UofT Bookstore –
Reference Manager Training Videos $90 for UofT community Purchase from UofT Bookstore –
WizFolio Quick Start Video
Free for everyone (limited version
with ads, more features for UofT
Create account (use your
utoronto.ca email for full features);
Install WizAdd; Download WizCite
Papers Welcome Video $79 USD (+40% student discount)
How to get Papers with student
discount; How to enable
Manuscripts feature; How to set up
Table 1. Comparison of various reference tools available in
the market (2023)
Initial Steps with Mendeley: Beginning with Mendeley is
straightforward. Watch tutorial videos and read instructions to
download and familiarize yourself with the software.
Building Your Reference Library: Import papers from various
sources or directly from your PC into Mendeley. Use the drag-
and-drop feature for ease of building your library.
Literature Search and Library Management: Mendeley’s
literature search feature helps find online materials related to
your work, automatically adding them to your library. Organize
your library by author, keywords, and tags for efficient
Getting Started with
Advanced Features of
Mendeley’s Smart Traits: The software allows adding notes,
full-text reading, and tracking favorites, making it a versatile
tool for researchers. Its device compatibility ensures you can
work from anywhere.
Simplifying Documentation: Mendeley integrates seamlessly
with word processors like MS Word, allowing you to insert
citations and bibliographies easily with just a few clicks.
Mendeley for Collaboration
Mendeley’s Social Collaboration Aspect: Mendeley is not just
a reference tool; it’s a platform for social collaboration.
Create a profile, connect with publishers, and share papers
Exploring Funding Opportunities and Group Features: The
software provides a database of funding sources and the
ability to create private groups, enhancing your research
network and opportunities.
References not syncing between Mendeley
Web and Desktop
– Initiate Mendeley Desktop.
- Utilize the “Sync” function found in the toolbar.
Incomplete reference details in the library
– Identify the concerned reference in the library.
- Use the “Update Details” option by right-clicking on the reference to
automatically fill in the missing data.
PDF not attaching when importing via RIS or
– Direct PDF attachment isn’t supported through RIS or XML imports. Instead, employ the Web Importer for importing or
attach the PDF manually post-import to the library entry.
Complications with the Microsoft Word
– Confirm Word is up to date via “Help” and “Check for updates.”
- Remove and then reinstall the Mendeley Word plugin,
ensuring to restart the computer in between these steps.
References missing in Mendeley Cite
– Press the Sync button in Mendeley Desktop.
- In Word, access Mendeley Cite, opt for “More,” and choose “Refresh
Error Message Solution
“Citation/Bibliography is wrongly placed in
index area, please delete the placed
citation/bibliography in index area”
– Acknowledge the error prompt and remove the highlighted text by deleting it, which may be the incorrectly placed
- Reinsert the correct reference from your Mendeley library.
Although the installation process for Mendeley can be cumbersome, once you become familiar with it,
you’ll likely find it indispensable (Refer Table 2)
Based on my experiences, Mendeley is a robust and user-friendly
tool. Its range of features caters to diverse research needs,
making it a top choice for anyone in the academic and scientific
Pubrica boasts extensive expertise in editing a wide array of
scientific and technical manuscripts authored by a diverse, global
clientele. By choosing Pubrica, you are assured of a service that
consistently meets the stringent standards of academic