Allow download of PDFs directly from Mendeley Desktop
If a reference has an URL/DOI/PMID/etc., but no PDF yet associated with it, allow downloading this PDF automatically with a click from Mendeley Desktop.
Obviously only for freely accessible PDFs, and supported websites. This would work in exactly the same way as the bookmarklet import.
Could you find a way of importing a PDF from the web (if it is open access or you have a subscription for it) if you already have the reference in your Mendeley library, without having to find the paper, download it, save it and then attach it to the reference?
(Would be even better if it can be done for multiple references at once. Very useful for people who have accumulated years of references in another software, but now also want to have the PDF)
When importing a finle to your library with the web importer, it would be great if Mendeley fetched the PDF that was associated with it as well, if it is available. Specifically, I'm think if ADS, where there is a link to download the pdf. I could download the PDF and then add it to my library, but then the web importer is useless. If I use the web importer, and then download the file and add it later, I have a duplicate entry. Anyway to download the PDF through the web importer?
We are aware of this request and have logged it with our Development Team. Obviously there are various problems associated with implementing a change such as this. Nevertheless, the request has been noted.
Sadhbh Byrne commented
This is my main problem with Mendeley! The 'Save to Mendeley' bookmarklet is practically useless to me without this function. It would save so much time if, when I have a PDF open online, I could just click 'Save to Mendeley' and it would save as a PDF in my Mendeley desktop, rather than having to save the file into the Watch folder
junaid ali commented
You can add the references to watch folder. Mendeley works pretty well from there onward.
James Norman commented
This is sorely missing from Mendeley. In Endnote, I could add references from a database, then "find full text" from my library to get PDFs if they were available. Right now, I'm using EndNote to do this and them importing references into Mendeley.
jiagui liu commented
I have suggested them something similar like adding a function to download pdf by double click the items in the library. it should be useful
Yi Ma commented
I used to just drag the pdf link to Mendeley but now this function seems to be down. I could see the importing process but after it is 100%, I don't see the reference in the list. I think this is a bug and hope they can fix it.
gilles marodon commented
I feel that would be the real kickoff for Mendeley vs End... (no publicity) but there is hope. I am quitting E...Note for Mendeley (and MS office to LibreOffice). Resist!
mighalis magnus commented
I have a large database of papers imported without pdf's (the majority of them are from Arxiv) and i have to re-download and merge by hand. As you could understand i cannot waste so much time when other software do it very very easy. So i agree tha Mendeley comes to second/third place. I already started searching for a replace.
Rodrigo Leiva commented
Still Jabref is more powerfull in this and other features.
Brandon Welch commented
I would pay for this feature
Jonathan Gelbord commented
This has been my biggest complaint with Mendeley.
The web importer is still useful, in that it does a better job of capturing the reference metadata than an extraction directly from the PDF, but at present the procedure to do this and attach a PDF is unnecessarily tedious: (1) use web importer to create a library entry, (2) sync with Mendeley Desktop to have a local library entry, (3) download the freely-available PDF to my local machine, (4) find new entry, open its details and click on "add file...", (5) navigate to downloaded file and select it.
If the web importer would also grab the PDF, this would be reduced to a single step. Or at worst two steps if the web importer had difficulty identifying the link to the PDF file and instead opened a dialogue for the user to select the link.
On the NASA ADS site, many articles have links to PDFs that are freely available with no pay wall from anywhere on the internet (generally all papers more than a year or so old). Amongst the ones where the publisher does restrict access behind a pay wall, most are still available through an alternative channel as most have been posted to arXiv. I could imagine that it might be difficult to program an automatic way to always find the free PDF (direct link from ADS, or is it necessary to navigate through a publisher's site first? grab from the publisher or arXiv? default to arXiv only if publisher doesn't provide free access?). For this reason, it would be acceptable to have an interactive second step in which the user navigates to the preferred link when necessary (I'm thinking of something analogous to browsing through the local file system...)
This would be very useful. I don't think it would be that complicated to implement because Mendeley already pulls out the URL for the article. Now it would only work if you're on a network where you have access to journals but most people would be on a university network so it wouldn't be a problem
This would be so useful!
Michael Sayre commented
ReadCube does this quite nicely. Check it out.
Wow, have to agree... I've come back to Mendeley after a couple years hoping that through all its maturation it might have received the few features that sent me back to EndNote the last time.. but unfortunately this is one of them.
This is probably one of the main reasons that I chose to use Zotero instead, if you can't fetch the pdf, then you don't need the web importer! You're back to downloading all these pdfs!
Well I agree with all the rest.
This doesn't seem to be so difficult to implement, technically. To me it sounds like there is something more stopping this feature. Politics, licensing? Why are you stalling? Can you please give us a straight answer. Then maybe people will have the patience to wait.
How are there numerous problems with implementing this change? Endnote has been doing since like 2003.
Jock Bovington commented
This would be huge! Also, if there was a way to port the download requests through a proxy so that it automatically gives you the subscription rights that you have on campus, for example.
Question, May 4 2009
Kind-of-Answer-not-really-that, Oct 25, 2012
3 years and five months to (not) answer… Really?!
Do you expect us to be waiting that long...
You know, the world… Eppur Si Muove!
PCB, Oporto, Portugal
Jake W. Mohin commented
Mendeley has really stalled in development. After so much initial excitement, this feature, alond with printing, is driving me back to endnote.