to publish your desktop under GPL license.
It will be very good if you could publish your desktop under GPL or compatible license. That will boost its development, features and make it localized and modified according to the needs of much wider population. Indeed, this will make much more audiences for you.
it would be great to see your word plugin being released as open source so others (me :-) could enhance it
Since you're aiming Open Science, your program should be Open Source, for the sake of coherence among others.
Qhat about open source the software to help on programing new features and help to make it better, like the isbn importer, of course all the changes must be revised for you and your coworkers(programers) to be in the main release. the is a svn o git source server?
Jorge Leitão commented
GPL or equivalent on Mendeley's desktop would be a major reason for me to return to mendeley (@ Zotero now) after Elsevier bought Mendeley.
Eduardo Altmann commented
A GPL or compatible license would clearly show the commitment of Mendeley to "open science". Such a sign would be even more important after Elsevier bought Mendeley. As many mentioned before, I'm also considering Zotero as an alternative.
Using GPL software is very important to me too. While I think that Mendeley is the better program, I wll use Zotero until the lisence of Mendeley changes.
Change to GPL will boost the development of mendeley !!!!!
I love mendeley but i´m moving to Zotero...it´s not about technical issues, but because when there is a GPL option, I change to it.
Jaume Nualart commented
Is there any mendeley official answer for this important question? I cannot find it
btw, I totally support mandeley going gpl, otherwise, probably I'll go back to Zotero
gosh, you still haven't done this? It's been 4 years! Don't fight the tide.
I agree with this. Seeing as how Mendeley already has such a large community, releasing it under GPL will surely bring great improvement. Like someone said, this won't hurt your business since you make most of your money from cloud storage services anyways.
at a minimum, if you ever even come close to dropping support for one or another platform (Mac, Linux, or Windows), it would be cruel not to at least open-source a platform-specific branch of the code so that people tied to that platform can continue to support it themselves. As a Mac user and a Linux user, I have been burned many times by lagging support on my platforms...
Huynh Quoc Bao commented
Manually edit citation styles in Mendeley Desktop
There should be a way to manually edit the citation styles in Mendeley Desktop, preferably in a WYSIWYG editor.
An example of improved (at least for me) export to BibTex file is available under
It would be good to be able to contribute directly to Mendeley code...
I would be willing to work on the BibTex export, which is buggy and lacks of options. Please release the source code, and you will have hundreds of people working for you, improving your great software.
AdminRobert Knight (Admin, Mendeley) commented
Thanks. The license for the rest of the code is the same but license headers were never added to the new files. I've made a note to add these.
As you did, we ended up implementing some logic in C++, exposed to Word/VBA via a COM server. I still need to clarify what we can do for the licensing of that.
Etienne Low-Decarie commented
Merge with: http://goo.gl/lnsOL
I released as much of the source to your/my Word plugin as I think I can without further permission on GitHub: https://github.com/simonster/mendeley-word-plugin
@William Gunn, great, how about the Word plugin? I don't know if it still contains the code I wrote, but consider it a gesture of goodwill toward the open source community.
AdminWilliam Gunn (Admin, Mendeley) commented
The code for the Open/Libre Office plugin is available on Github: https://github.com/Mendeley/openoffice-plugin and the citeproc code is available in many flavors:
There's also some API client code to get you started: https://github.com/Mendeley/mendeley-oapi-example
This allows anyone to build their own client that interfaces with the Mendeley API, just as Gunnar suggests. See http://dev.mendeley.com for details.
Robert Pollak commented
I guess this is not going to happen. Let's move to Zotero instead.
Gunnar Wolf commented
GPL or any free license would be great. Or, at least, enabling the Free Software programming community to build such packages by publishing your API.