Release Notes for Mendeley Desktop

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Mendeley Desktop v1.13-dev1

Warning: This release of Mendeley Desktop includes major under-the-hood changes to enable future sync improvements and easier use of Mendeley across different devices. You may encounter sync-related errors with this version. Help with testing is greatly appreciated, but avoid this preview release if you have an imminent deadline coming up.

  • If you do encounter any errors, please report them.
  • If you encounter problems and need to go back to an earlier version of Mendeley Desktop, please see the instructions here.

Known Issue: When you install this release, it may offer to 'upgrade' to the current stable release. Please ignore this and click Not Now.

This release includes improved metadata lookup using Mendeley's catalog of the world's research, combining data provided by publishers and crowd-sourced from users. We have also begun a major overhaul of the sync facility to make it faster, use less bandwidth and support more seamless integration with our upcoming iOS and Android apps.


  • Improved metadata quality - Mendeley will now match imported PDFs against our catalog of the world's research and pull in metadata from it. This provides more accurate and complete metadata for many papers, including full abstracts and publication information for millions of articles
  • Catalog metadata lookup - For articles marked as 'Needs Review', you can now search our catalog with a single click for better metadata and abstracts for many articles.
  • Faster and more data-efficient sync - Syncing large libraries onto new systems is now faster and shows better progress information. Sync now uses less bandwidth, especially for large libraries.

Supported Platforms

  • This release re-introduces support for certain older Linux systems, including CentOS / RedHat / Scientific Linux 6.5


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