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.
Dean Mark commented
Been using Mendeley for a single day. Decided to ditch it just because of this feature.
Atul Kakrana commented
Damn ..this is first feature to implement and still not fully functional...
Igor Petrik commented
This is a serious limitation and seems very straight forward to implement, to me. Much the same way Zotero does - rather than downloading the files to the server, just have an addon that automatically detects the PDF URL and feeds it to Mendeley desktop.
Pulkit Budhiraja commented
Doing a Google Scholar search on a paper returns free link to download it 9/10 times. If passing by the online payment portal is a difficult task, redirecting through Google Scholar maybe a helpful .
Milos Popovic commented
This is a make or break feature. I paid for Mendeley for my research group, at a level of 5 people. I was going to expand to more after testing it out. That web importing papers directly with PDFs is not implemented is a major fail. Basically it means we will probably go back to Papers, or to Zotero or another tool. Using the bookmarklet to save the reference, then downloading the file, then syncing the desktop and adding the PDF to the record is a waste of time and defeats the purpose of the app. If I wanted to do that, I would use JabRef, and organize my PDFs myself.
Philipp Buchold commented
Please lift the secret what is soo difficult to implementing it in FIVE years!
Chiyuan Zhang commented
err... 5 years...
Anya Illes commented
Ug. Just started using Mendeley and I discover that it is a pain to get a pdf linked to a reference? How disappointing. Back to Zotero. Z has it's annoyances, but at least pdfs download with the reference more or less easily.
Maksim Imakaev commented
This is the biggest problem with Mendeley which is holding our lab behind.
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