07. Group collaboration

Collaborate and share papers with your peers by creating and joining groups of interest.

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Mendeley's groups functionality allows you to connect and collaborate with other Mendeley users. For more details on joining, creating and maintaining groups, please see our dedicated guide to groups and our dedicated guide to private groups.

When accessing Mendeley from your browser, you have two main ways of interacting with groups. You can use the Mendeley Web interface to access discussion, references and membership information, or you can use the Web Library to access, read and annotate your files.

Access your groups using the Web interface

You can view a list of all the groups you've joined or followed by visiting www.mendeley.com/groups. From here, click on a group's name to access the web view of that group.

Upon opening the group you'll be viewing the Overview. This provides a summary of the recent discussion and activity in the group. Using the menu on the left side, you can also access Papers that have been shared with the group, or view a list of Members.

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Add, read and annotate papers using the Web Library

When viewing your Web Library, you'll find a 'Groups' tab available in the left-hand menu. Click this to expand the list of your groups, and select the group you wish to view.

When accessing a group from the Web Library, you can view the references that have been shared with that group. You can modify a reference's details using the 'Edit' button that appears in the document details panel when that reference is selected. If a reference has an attached PDF file (indicated by a PDF icon) you can open that PDF for reading within your browser. You can also add annotations and highlighting that will then be visible to other group members.

Tip: Remember that full-text papers can only be shared with private groups.

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