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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Social Networks: Maximise your Impact

Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is both a reference manager and a social network.

You can use Mendeley to:

  • Create bibliographies and insert citations into documents,
  • Import, organise and annotate PDF files,
  • Access papers on the web and mobile devices.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and share papers, notes and annotations,
  • Network with other researchers and discover potential collaborators.
  • Promote events and conferences.‚Äč

Why create a Mendeley Profile?

Your Mendeley profile can:

  • Index and promote your publications, and
  • Keep track of how often your publications are read and downloaded.

Considerations and Risks

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

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:

How to create a Mendeley Profile

  1. Go to
  2. Sign up with your name and email address.
  3. Complete your profile.
  4. Follow the prompts to install the desktop download.
  5. Optionally upload or claim your publications.
  6. Follow colleagues to stay up-to-date and join groups.