Mendeley is both a reference manager and a social network.
You can use Mendeley to:
Your Mendeley profile can:
Before you create a Mendeley profile or upload any publications you should consider the risks and issues involved, such as security, confidentiality and copyright:
Mendeley is a commercial platform.
Researchers should be aware of their publishers’ policies on sharing their publications, ie. which version/s can be used and on which platforms they can be uploaded.
Publishers are increasingly vigilant about infringement of their copyright on these platforms. More information on this can be found at the links below:
ARC and NHMRC advise against the use of such platforms in the specific context of researchers meeting their OA policy compliance requirements, as they lack the necessary commitment the funders seek to long-term preservation, data reuse, publisher copyright requirements and end-user privacy afforded by institutional repositories. See http://www.arc.gov.au/arc-open-access-policy-version-20171
The University of Melbourne has an institutional repository – Minerva-Access – which takes care to observe publisher sharing policies and the contents of which are discoverable via Google and Google Scholar.
More information can be found on the Considerations and Risks tab of this guide: