Mendeley ( is a reference manager and an academic social network that provides supports in:

  • collecting, saving and managing references and publications
  • creating citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice and LaTeX
  • contacting colleagues to share articles, notes and remarks about references

Mendeley is a combined desktop- and web-based database and website and can be accessed on a free account. However, the TU/e also owns a license for Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE). A MIE account provides several advantages over a free account.TUe students and employees can profit from these advantages by creating an account with their TUe email address. They will be added automatically to a TU/e group platform .

Comparison free and MIE account:
Free MendeleyMendeley Institutional Edition
Premium institution-wide collaboration featuresNoYes
Number of private groups5Unlimited
Private group size25100
Personal library storage space2 GB100 GB
Shared library storage space100 MB100 GB
Usage analyticsNoYes
Content consumption analyticsNoYes
Link resolver integrationNoYes
Alumni PolicyNoYes
24/5 Customer support serviceNoYes
Custom designed user awareness and adoption programNoYes

Functionalities of Mendeley

  • Import articles, web pages and other documents from search engines and academic databases using the web importer (a bookmarklet in your browser).
  • Drag documents and (PDF) files directly into Mendeley from your desktop or folders
  • Annotate and highlight texts in files and documents
  • Manual import
  • Creation of groups and sharing of publications, data and opinions
  • Citing in different styles for over 1,000 journals or create new styles using the Citation Style Language.

Additional functionalities

Apart from reference management functionalities, Mendeley offers some additional functionalities, like Mendeley Datasets and Mendeley Funding. The IEC advises caution in using these. Even though the provider stores data in a secure Cloud environment there is no guarantee that data will remain exclusively inside the EU. Storing confidential and highly privacy-sensitive data in Mendeley is not recommended. Go to for further information on Mendeley privacy policy.

Available for Mac, Windows and Linux
Compatible with Windows Word Mac Word, OpenOffice and BibTeX
Mobile: iOS and android