Mendeley, a Web service that lets users organize and share research papers, recently announced that it has surpassed 100,000 users, and that its database now includes some 8 million works. The announcement has generated a lot of hype for the fledgling company.
TechCrunch, a popular technology blog, says the company—which is still less than a year old—could surpass Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science, the largest research-paper database, by April 2010. Mendeley says it is doubling in size every 10 weeks.
Mendeley is more than just a dumping ground for academic work. It calls itself “the Last.fm for research papers” (after the popular music-based social network) because it goes through millions of research papers looking for data and then recommends work of interest to academics. For now the site is free, but Mendeley plans to add extra services at an additional cost.