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Mendeley is software to save, manage and share references


As of September 1, 2024, Mendeley will no longer be available on Radboud workstations/laptops. The Mendeley Cite add-in in Microsoft Word (Office Store) will also no longer be available.

Critical questions have been raised within Radboud University and Radboudumc about the use of Mendeley with respect to privacy issues.

The Local Privacy Officer of Radboud Services comes to the following conclusions regarding Mendeley:

In the context of knowledge security and personal data protection, it is strongly advised not to offer Mendeley, and to discourage use of Mendeley at Radboud University. Elsevier has been using the reference manager Mendeley since its acquisition in 2013 to gain insight into scientists' collaborations, and can make recommendations based on processing with Mendeley. Because the data (can) be combined with applications such as Elsevier's Pure, it is impossible to oversee how personal data is processed. Use of Mendeley may affect Radboud University's knowledge position because (1) data is traded by Elsevier, and (2) the servers are viewable by state actors such as the U.S. because they run on Amazon Web Services (in Ireland).

Mendeley presents itself as a "free" reference manager. This is incorrect: it pays for (personal) data processing.

You can export the Mendeley library to EndNote or Zotero:

Mendeley to EndNote:

  • In Mendeley, select all references in your library
  • Then go to File - Export... Enter the File name and select the type: RIS - Research Information Systems (*ris)
  • Click Save
  • Install EndNote via Surfspot ( 3.75 euro) and open the program
  • Choose Create a new library and Save
  • Go to File - Import - File...
  • Click on Choose... and select the RIS file from Mendeley
  • At Import Option: Reference Manager (RIS)

Mendeley to Zotero:

  • In Mendeley, select all references in your library
  • Then go to File - Export...
  • Enter the file name and select the type: RIS - Research Information Systems (*ris)
  • Click Save
  • Install Zotero (
  • In Zotero go to File - Import
  • Choose: A file (BibTeX, RIS, Zotero RDF, etc.) - Next
  • Select the RIS file from Mendeley
  • Select Copy files to the Zotero storage folder - Next
  • Finish

    Or: How do I import a Mendely library into Zotero?


What is Mendeley?

Mendeley Desktop and Reference Manager are free reference programs for students and researchers. You can use Mendeley to generate citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, LibreOffice and LaTeX. You can also read and annotate full-text articles and import and organise PDFs from your computer.


Mendeley Software

Mendeley Reference Manager is the new version of the reference manager that replaced Mendeley Web Library on September 07, 2020. Mendeley Desktop will continue to be available, see Mendeley Support Center

Mendeley Cite is the new citation add-in for Microsoft® Word, usable with Microsoft 365 if applicable. The new citation add-in now exists as a standalone application, which means that you can use it without having to open or even install Mendeley Reference Manager, as well being able to use it with online versions of Word.

'Mendeley Cite is now available as add-on in Microsoft 365

The current version is for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Android.

In Mendeley Desktop version 1.19.8 (2021):

  • removed the "Related Documents" option from the UI
  • removed the options of creating public and invite-only groups
  • removed external group links
  • removed external links to user profiles
  • removed the "Literature Search" option from the UI
  • removed the "Invite Colleagues" option from the UI
  • accessing your Mendeley library after the mobile app is no longer available

In Mendeley Reference Manager 2.105.0:

You can now:

  • Introduced table columns resizing using dragging dividers.

  • Added more keyboard shortcuts for the library table.

  • Fixed the double-click on a reference functionality, now opening the associated reference file.

  • Fixed the "clear search" button functionality on MRM Desktop.

Other Reference software

EndNote is the standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references on Windows and Macintosh desktops. See the EndNote X9 basic course or EndNote 20 basic course
This is an online program that makes it easy for researchers to collect, manage, store and share all kinds of information, and to generate citations and bibliographies.


Zotero is the only research tool that automatically detects content in your web browser, which you can then add to   your personal library with a single click. See als the Zotero course.                 

A comparison of the different reference programs.

Need help?

Simply drop by at informationdesk of the Library of Science, Heyendaalseweg 135, for personal instruction.

Mendeley webinar 25 Feb 2021