02. Working together on shared documents

Mendeley's private groups offer a number of features to help you collaborate with your co-workers.

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Once a document has been shared with a private group, all members have the ability to download and read that item. However, Mendeley further enhances the collaboration process by offering a number of features to allow you to work together with other group members.

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By accessing the shared paper through the private group, all group members have the ability to make use of Mendeley's highlighting, note-making and annotation functions on a single, shared version of the paper.

This allows you to highlight or add notes to draw your collaborator's attention to a particularly relevant section, or to provide further details as required. This allows you to pinpoint specific passages or findings within a paper, to help your group to better respond or make use of its findings.

Each group member is assigned a unique color to help track who has made particular comments or highlighting. All comments will also contain a record of the user who made it and when it was made, to help you make sense of the notes.

The notes tab of the right-hand panel in Mendeley desktop provides an overview of all the comments made within a paper, and also allows you to jump to the specific location a collaborator has identifed when writing their note.

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