Mendeley (the academic reference manager and social network site) have partnered with library suppliers Swets to produce the Mendeley Institutional edition, and I had a webex meeting with product manager Simon Litt to find out more.
Mendeley End User Edition
The end user edition is bascially what is already available for free from Mendeley:
- Desktop reference management software, which allows you to organise nd cite a wide range of reference typs.
- Desktop software also allows you to upload, read and annotate PDFs.
- Desktop links to a web-based system which allows you to synch and share your references.
- Web system also works as an academic social network with groups etc.
- 1GBWeb space, 500 MBPersonal, 500 MBShared, 5 Private groups, 10 Users per group
Mendeley Institutional Edition
- Upgrade to end user edition (normally £4.99 per month) to
- 7GBWeb space, 3.5 GBPersonal, 3.5 GBShare, 10 Private groups, 15 Users per Private group
- Upload a list of library holdings (journals) to allow fulltext access for institutional members.
- Turn on institutional OpenURL.
- Institutional groups – any mendeley users signed up with an institutional email will automatically be added to institutional group & can add further members.
- Analytics – who’s publishing and reading what.
- Reading tab – See what your users are reading (adding to Mendeley) by journal title and compare with library holdings.
- See most read/popular articles.
- Publishing tab – where your members are publishing.
- Impact tab – worldwide usage of your members published articles e.g. most read.
- Compare your institution with other Mendeley institutions with regards to impact/how read your institutions articles are.
- Social tab – what groups your users are in.
The main thrust of the institutional edition is the analytic functions that Swets have worked with Mendeley to add. The pricing models are currently being worked on so no idea what the price this would be.
When I previously reviewed Mendeley (alongside RefWorks, EndNote, CiteULike & Zotero) in 2010/11 the main issue with using it an institutionally recommended product was that the desktop software needed admin access to be installed and updated regularly on user machines. As far as I can tell this issue hasn’t been addressed in the institutional edition, as user would still download the free desktop software from the Mendeley site or just use the wbe interface.
My questions surrounding the institutional edition would be…
- Would it be able (be accepted as) a replacement for EndNote and/or Refworks? As there seems little point in getting the institutional edition for the analytics if our users were not using the desktop/web reference software.
- Do the analytics give us enough “added-value”?
- How does the analytical information compare with other types of bibliometris from IRIS or InCites?
- Are the analytics only going to be useful to certain disciplines as they currently only look at journal articles and titles?