A Matter of Perspective — Elsevier Acquires Mendeley . . . or, Mendeley Sells Itself to Elsevier

Kent Anderson, The Irish Times, Apr 09, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Once again my reluctance to embrace what appeared to be a really good project has been justified. According to their website, "Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research." As Wikipedia notes, "Mendeley requires the user to store all basic citation data on its servers - storing copies of documents is at the user's discretion. Upon registration, Mendeley provides the user with 1 GB of free web storage space, which is upgradeable at a cost." Now your uploaded citations are in Elsevier's hands. Surprise!  Your data has just been sold to one of the world's largest publishers.

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