Mendeley searches in Webometric Analyst is an academic reference web site, similar to CiteULike, Connotea and Zotero. It is free to join and members can list the academic publications that they have read. The Mendeley is useful to research the popularity of academic articles by counting how often they have been registered by Mendeley users. To use the Mendeley tab, a list of articles is needed. They must be saved in a plain text file created by Windows Notepad and saved in tab-separated format. Versions of Webometric Analyst after July 29, 2019 are needed.

Simple search - query or title/author/year:

The file should contain the title/author/year information where at least one of the elements is non-null:

  Blank –tab- title – tab- authors –tab- year

This means that you must enter the article title and/or authors and/or year (preferably all) for Webometric Analyst to create the queries. Although it was possible in the past to enter your own queries, these will get false results in Webometric Analyst.

Once this file is created, start Webometric Analyst, select the Mendeley tab, click the Search for Publications button and select the file. This is quite slow. Note that if your list of queries is a list of specific article titles then the second file will not have the same number of lines as the query file because (a) some publications may not be in Mendeley and (b) some publications may be in Mendeley more than once. Webometric analyst checks the matches and rejects any with the wrong information, such as the wrong journal/conference (if you also entered this information). See the methods section of this paper for more details about this.

An example input file includes the author/title/year information. The file also contains results from Mendeley and inside the results file you can see the queries built by Webometric Analyst.

Input file:

Query Title AuthorNames Date
Optical coherence tomography: Significance of a new method for assessing unclear laryngeal pathologies Glanz,Hiltrud K. H.K.|Von Gerlach,Susanne S.|Wisweh,Henning H. 01/01/2010
Parotidectomy: The timing of post-operative complications Brown,Rodger H. R.H. 01/01/2010
Benign tumors in oral cavity | Tumores benignos de la mucosa oral Bascones,Martínez A. M.A. 01/01/2010

Queries generated by Webometric Analyst from the above input file

title:Optical coherence tomography Significance of a new method for assessing unclear laryngeal pathologies AND author:Glanz AND year:2010
title:Parotidectomy The timing of post operative complications AND author:Brown AND year:2010
title:Benign tumors in oral cavity | Tumores benignos de la mucosa oral AND author:Bascones AND year:2010


The searches produce several different output files in case you want to do a non-standard analysis. The main ones are these:

[original name]_pubsFound.txt - a complete list of all publications matching the searches.

[original name]_pubsFound_corr85.txt - ignore this one - probable correct matches for the queries, after checking DOI, title, authors, journal name for matches.

[original name]_pubsFound_top85.txt - the readers for the single best search match.

[original name]_pubsFound_total85.txt - the sum of the readers for all search results that seem to be correct. [use this one as the main results file]

***In the results, -1 in the reader column indicates that the record was not found in Mendeley (so it is essentially a 0). In contrast, 0 in the reader column indicates that the record was found in Mendeley but it did not have any readers.

Advanced search: DOI and combined multiple searches

YOU CAN ALSO INCLUDE DOIs and Webometric Analyst will ALSO search by DOI and/or by query and then COMBINE the results. If you just have DOIs and not title information then it will search just for the DOIs. This also works for PubMed IDs - just add the DOIs etc into addional columns. The text match does not use boolean logic or phrase searches, so AND, OR and "" in your search will be ignored - it is just based on term matching. Webometric Analyst will give you a dialog box like the one below so that you can specify which columns contain which information.

Example input files for DOI searches, and PubMed ID searches - you can have these searches in addition to, or instead of, the above text-based searches.

Example of an input file with Scopus data that can be used for combined title and DOI searches.

See the methods section of the following paper for a full description of the searching and matching process:

Thelwall, M. & Wilson, P. (in press). Mendeley readership Altmetrics for medical articles: An analysis of 45 fieldsJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1002/asi.23501

Getting permission from Mendeley

From May 2014 you will need to have an account with Mendeley to use this service. When requested by Webometric Analyst, you will need to login to the account and copy and URL into Webometric Analyst. This gives it permission to search Mendeley on your behalf.

Converting from Web of Science records

If you have a list of articles downloaded from the Web of Science in standard format then you may be able to convert this into a set of queries for Webometric Analyst by using the Convert Web of Science Text Outputs button.

See the Mendeley-related papers here for ideas for Mendeley research projects:

Here is the official Mendeley API documentation and the page about the possible queries and information returned.