Mendeley to support Research4Life access in developing world

    Mendeley’s free apps will enable researchers to discover, organize and share research with scientists worldwide

    On the heels of its one-year anniversary at Elsevier, Mendeley, a global research collaboration and reference manager platform, has pledged to actively support and collaborate with Research4Life.

    Research 4 Life is a public-private partnership that provides free and low-cost access to peer reviewed resources. Its main challenges are boosting usage and output by researchers in developing countries. As one of the founding partners, Elsevier supplies a quarter of the content, but this is where Mendeley’s research tools can really make a difference.

    Mendeley’s free cloud-based apps will enable researchers to organize, share and discover new research with other scientists all over the world. Within Research4Life countries, Mendeley currently has thousands of active researcher users and hundreds of global Advisors to help train, educate and increase awareness about how make the most of these research productivity tools.

    “Since Mendeley was acquired by Elsevier last year, we’ve been excited about the possibility of getting more deeply involved in Research4Life,” said Jan Reichelt, Co-founder and President of Mendeley. “It ties in closely to Mendeley’s original vision of making science more open and broadening access to scientific content where it can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

    He explained how Mendeley will be able to help the researchers who use Research4Life.

    So far, researchers on the program have been using uneven solutions involving various workflow and citation management tools, but these are often expensive, and if you’re trying to collaborate on a joint project with a researcher who doesn’t have the same tool, that can be really problematic. We’re hoping that Mendeley, with its vast community of researchers worldwide, will help to really facilitate and accelerate the pace of discovery for Research4Life scientists.

    Jessica L. Reeves, Mendeley’s Head of User Engagement and Research4Life Mendeley liaison, said their goal is to educate users through Mendeley’s Resource Center and grow the global Mendeley Advisor community to support researchers in developing countries.

    “Through our community, we plan to celebrate and promote Research4Life stories of success and collaboration and connect researchers who might be working on the same problems in different parts of the world,” she said.