Stanford Mendeley Institutional subscription will be cancelled on June 30th, 2019

April 2, 2019
Alexandra Krogman
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Please read our blog post "Update for Stanford Mendeley Institutional users" for an update on the situation.

Our current Stanford Mendeley Institutional subscription expires on June 30th, 2019, and we have been advised by Elsevier against renewal.  We find ourselves in the unhappy position of having to announce that we will no longer offer Mendeley Institutional after June 30th.

If you are a Mendeley user at Stanford, you will no longer be able to utilize the premium features provided through the Mendeley Institutional subscription after June 30th. You will still be able to use the free features that Mendeley provides through Mendeley Free. These currently include:

  • 2 GB of personal storage
  • 100 MB of shared storage
  • up to 25 collaborators in private groups
  • up to 5 private groups

If your Mendeley usage does not exceed the current limitations of Mendeley Free, the functionality of your account should not be impacted by the cancellation. However, we recommend that you export your Mendeley citations so that you have a back-up if needed. We have received limited information from Elsevier about what will happen if your usage exceeds these limitations. If your usage exceeds the limitations of Mendeley Free, we recommend that you export your Mendeley citations and consider moving them into a different citation management software. 

We have put together a list of references below to help you export your Mendeley citations and import them into other citation management tools. These are just the basics, and ensuring that you retain all your data can be a complicated process. There are also many alternative citation management tools available and making the right selection for your research practices takes time. Thus, we recommend starting this process before the end of April to leave ample time for any roadblocks that may occur.

We understand that using citation management software is a growing research practice and need for our users, and we want to make sure you are fully supported during this change. We are offering “Moving from Mendeley” open labs to answer questions about how this cancellation will impact you and to help you move your citations out of Mendeley. These will be posted on the Stanford Libraries’ workshop schedule and are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, April 25th, 3 to 4pm, Shriram Center, Room 262
  • Friday, April 26th, 1 to 2pm, Green Library, East Wing, IC Classroom

As we were just informed us of this change, we appreciate your understanding of this short notice. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at

Resources for selecting a citation management software and for moving citations out of Mendeley: