04. Creating new groups

Settings up new groups to help you collaborate with other researchers.

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Anyone with a Mendeley account can create a new Group, but before doing so we’d encourage you to search the existing catalog of public Groups to see if a discussion on your chosen subject is already active. However, if you have a particular purpose or a very specific subject interest, you may want to create your own Group. This can be done either via Mendeley Web or in Mendeley Desktop.

To begin, click the ‘Create Group’ option from within your chosen tool. You’ll now be prompted to enter the required details for your group:

  • Group Name - Pick a suitable name for your new group. This will be displayed in search results and the catalog if you make a public group. Group Names do not have to be unique - but should be specific.

  • Description - Enter a brief summary of the aims and objective of your group. Again, this will make it easier for other users to find and join.

  • Group Type - see this page for more details. Remember that making your group private will limit the number of members and make it impossible for other users to find without being invited.

Once you’ve completed all the details, press the 'Create Group' button to finalise your new group. You’ll be prompted to invite people to your new group, which you can do by entering their email address in the top box. You can use the second box to add a custom greeting to your invitations. You can also skip this step if you don’t want to invite anyone at this stage.

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Your new Group will now appear in your list of Groups in Mendeley Desktop, Mendeley Web and - if you’ve made a public Group - on your Mendeley profile.

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