- Posted January 27, 2014 by
St Julian's, Malta
New Book Marks Growth Of Mendeley
Earlier this month a book was published to help scientists use Mendeley, an academic research and citation startup. The book by Dr Jacques Raubenheimer, Mendeley: Crowd-sourced reference and citation management in the information era, has been written to help readers to use and benefit from the technology and collaborative tools on offer.
Mendeley is bringing data collaboration to scientists and helping them to reference and research collectively more easily. It is the pioneer of a movement to make science more open and facilitate collaborative research through technology.
Before 2000, the vast majority of research papers were only available via subscription, today over half of all research papers are available through open access. In the world of academic publishing, Mendeley has been a real disruptor, a position that has attracted interest from major players in that space.
In January 2013 the Mendeley founders Jan, Paul, and Victor were voted “Best Startup Founders” at the Europas, considered the Oscars of the European Tech scene. This was the second win for Mendeley, which scooped up the prize for “Best Social Innovation Which Benefits Society” in 2009.
The release of the book is interesting because it marks a watershed moment in the life of a tech startup. Nobody writes about dull or unsuccessful firms, but everybody writes about Google, YouTube or Facebook. In the world of science, Mendeley has an opportunity to become a peer to one of those big names.
Three young Germans, Victor Henning, Jan Reichelt and Paul Föckler founded the company in 2008. Their motivation was to solve a problem they experienced as researchers; how to manage, organise and annotate the hundreds of different documents needed for their theses.
They obtained early funding and assistance from Eurostars. Eurostars’ main purpose is to help small companies in the high-tech sector to deliver marketable products by collaborating with their European counterparts in the research sector.