As explained in our privacy policy, the Service collects information through the use of "cookies" or similar technologies. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites and applications work, or work more efficiently, and help them remember certain information about you, either for the duration of your visit (using a "session" cookie) or for repeat visits (using a "persistent" cookie).

Authentication and Security

The Service uses authentication and security cookies to identify and recognize registered users, to enable registered users to gain access to requested content or features, to support our security functions, and to help us detect malicious activity and violations of our Terms of Use.

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the Service and use its features, such as accessing secure areas. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided.


These cookies allow the Service to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

The table below explains the cookies set by the Service to store user preferences.

Name Purpose
site_campaign_ids Track user sign-ups via MIE invitations.
invitation_code Gives invited users temporary access to private pages.
third_party_cookies_enabled Used by the importer to determine if third-party cookies can be read to allow authentication.
route_to_join Remembers where to redirect the user after a successful sign-up.
route_to_login Remembers where to redirect the user after a successful log-in.
mesc Stores last search query to display.
upgrade_persisted_data Remembers where to redirect the user after a successful upgrade.
(user|error|warning)Messages Stores feedback messages to be shown after redirects e.g. when you create a group.
hideSlideInBanner Hides promotional banner once dismissed by the user.
firstTimeUpdateRequired Redirects user to edit their profile on first view.
login_actions Stores actions to perform when user has logged in.
institution_broadcast_link Allows institutional users to preview institution groups.
dHJhY2tpbml0aWFsbGFuZGluZ2FuZHJlZmVycmVy Tracks what page a user first visits.
features Determines what new features a user will see/has seen.
slide-from Desktop welcome screen - keeps track of start slide position.
is_mendeleyed Stores whether user has successfully opened links in Mendeley Desktop via
search_selection Persists user chosen search action between page loads.

Performance, Feedback and Analytics

These cookies collect information about how visitors use the Service. These cookies do notcollect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and anonymous.

The table below explains the cookies set by the Service to improve how the Service works.

Service Name Purpose More Info
Google Analytics
  • __utma
  • __utmb
  • __utmc
  • __utmv
  • __utmz
  • __utmx
  • __utmxx
  • __utmx_k_181433726
These web analytics cookies, provided by Google Inc., are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. See Google Analytics Cookies and Privacy Controls
  • optimizelyBuckets
  • optimizelyEndUserId
  • optimizelyPendingLogEvents
  • optimizelySegments
  • bucket_map
  • end_user_id
These web analytics cookies, provided by Optimizely Inc., are used to provide an A/B testing framework that helps us to experiment with new features on our site and analyse how those features are performing. See Optimizely Cookies and Optimizely Privacy Policy
  • ki_t
  • ki_u
These cookies, provided by Qualaroo Inc., are used for their embedded in-page survey application so that we can gather and make best use of customer feedback and ensure that you do not see a survey you have completed again and again. See Qualaroo Cookies and Qualaroo Privacy Policy

Social Sharing

The table below explains the cookies presented by social media/sharing websites to support the functionality of their plug-in modules or widgets, such as Like and Share buttons, placed on the Service. These cookies allow such third parties to identify their members if and when the members are simultaneously logged in to their accounts on the third party networks.

Service Name Purpose More Info
  • __atuvc
These cookies, provided by Clearspring Technologies, Inc., are used in conjunction with the AddThis Button to enable you to share our content through email, social networking sites, blogs and more. See AddThis Privacy and Data Practices
  • act
  • csm
  • datr
  • lu
  • fbm_1015011094735581
  • fbsr_1015011094735581
These cookies, provided by Facebook, are set when a visitor is logged in to or otherwise using their service. This allows a user to easily comment or share an article with their peers through the social network. See How does Facebook use cookies
  • guest_id
  • k
  • _twitter_sess
  • original_referer
  • external_referer
These cookies, provided by Twitter, are used in conjunction with the Twitter social plugins in order to allow following our Twitter account easily, share content via Twitter, and to display the latest tweet. Twitter makes use of cookies to improve its own service. See Twitter Privacy Policy

Option to decline use of cookies

You can prevent your browser from accepting certain cookies, have the browser require your consent before a new cookie is placed in your browser, or block cookies altogether by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser privacy preferences menu. To avoid receiving cookies on the browser of your mobile device, you will need to refer to its user manual. For information on how to opt-out of cookies set by our suppliers, please visit the applicable links listed in the tables above.

Last revised: 18 August 2015