Reference manager Mendeley is no stranger to ProfHacker; we’ve covered it previously here, here, here, and here. (And full disclosure: it’s my tool of choice for managing references.) The company has recently announced a significant update to the program that we think ProfHacker readers will want to know about.
Mendeley has released a new institutional edition that will allow participating colleges and universities to aggregate their users under one digital roof, not unlike institutional subscriptions to other services like RefWorks. But the significance of this update is Mendeley’s new ability to aggregate data on an institution’s users to get a more real-time assessment of research impact. And the list of early adopters is not too shabby: they include The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, University of Nevada – Reno, University of Pittsburgh, University of Western Ontario, Stanford University, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Japan. Click on the image below to see a screenshot of one of the capabilities, the ability to see where institution account members are publishing.
It’s an exciting announcement that will bring big data features to Mendeley and help support the further development of the program for individual users.
Will you and your institution be using this new feature in Mendeley? Let us know in the comments.