Match references to library entries
Some papers automatically list references in the side window, which is great. In some cases, I have already added a paper to my library which appears in a reference list. However, since I did not add it *from* the reference list, it does not link back. I would like to be able to manually (or even better, automatically) link references back to papers already within my library. Theoretically this could automatically be done by matching the author list (allowing for initials vs. full names), title, year, publication, etc. If it sees a match but isn't sure, Mendeley could pop up a window asking me if it is or is not a match (providing the citation info for each one in the window).
This request has been declined due to the requested feature no longer being a part of Mendeley, although we are looking into implementing it into a future build in a different way. If you would like this feature back, please head on over to feedback.mendeley.com and log a new request.
Piotr Migdal commented
What does mean "requested feature no longer being a part of Mendeley"? From user's (not - Mendeley developer's) it says nothing.
Ricardo Brown-Salazar commented
The link posted by @robert.knight shows something I saw today in other articles. It would be better if there is a sort of symbol or mark next to the references I already have on my own personal library. This could be made automatically and manual.
Manual is important because there is a lot of valuable gray literature in different languages that will may need to be linked manually.
Richard Walker commented
@robert.knight (May 24th, 2011)
Robert - can you please clarify this statement. I followed the link to the example paper which includes a references section, but there is no explanation of how this was done. How do I enable this for my papers?
Can Mendeley please be more transparent with the roadmap for features and fixes?
Hello all, is there any alternative software which has this feature ?
Hi Robert, do we have an update when the reference tab will reappear in Mendeley?
No news on this specifically, but you can see some of the current in-progress work around references on the web: http://www.mendeley.com/research-papers/?ref=mapreducemerge-simplified-relational-data-processing-on-large-clusters
any status update about this feature ?
Michaël Garcia commented
When it will be released (new ref section or detection of articles in the bibliography of a pdf (maybe could use the DOI?)),
It could be really great if it would be possible:
_to add (either automatically or by a click) the cited articles directly in the Mendeley library (if they don't exist already) or
_to make a link to the related article (if already in the library)
It could be very nice, combined with subfolding of the categories, to create a simple representation of the publications in a category and so to have a sketch of the state of art of this category/field.
Thanks Mendeley team for the work you do
Jan Breitsohl commented
Any news on how long exactly it will take until the new ref-section will be up and running?
Thanks for the heads-up. The new beta is again an improvement.
Yes, we have done further development since my last status update. Still a fair amount to do though. As I said before, more details when we have something ready to show.
Is there any status update on this issue?
Hello Jorge, Ricardo,
Yes, older clients did have a References tab on the right. Please see my earlier comments below for an explanation of why we removed it. The short version is that we're approaching the problem in a different way going forwards that should make it more useful. More details when we have something to show.
I agree with Ricardo. Why the bibliography cited in any selected PDF does not appear anymore in the right panel? That was an excellent feature.
Ricardo Matheus commented
I would appreciate if the bibliography cited at the PDF could be automatically collected for a space on right of Mendeley. I think I saw this feature in later mendeley, I don´t know why it was removed. It was so perfect!!
This would be ideal. I've also been looking forever for an implementation of the graphical 'reference tree' idea mentioned elsewhere in comments. If Mendeley did it, it would be ground-breaking and everyone I know would use it (no, really).
James Ross commented
This would indeed be superb...
hello admin, i'm new with mendeley but i love it :-) hope your team can improve on references tabs. i find it very useful when my friend showed her older version of 0.9.6. can't hardly wait to see the re-introduce improved reference tabs.
The feature was removed for 0.9.7 because it tended to generate a lot of (sometimes poor quality) data that was stored locally and synced with the server without providing much value. We're planning on a different implementation going forwards - will say more when there is more to show.
Richard Walker commented
Um, what just happened to the references tab? It's been removed in 0.9.7!
From the release notes:
Note: The right-hand References tab has been removed in this release. We plan to re-introduce it in an improved form in future.
Does this mean they're planning to do something like what's been described in this request? It would be nice to have a bit more of an explanation of why this useful (albeit not as useful as it could be) feature has been junked, and some indication of what "in the future" actually means. Should I hold my breath? Again if we were open source this might move a little faster...