kb:mendeley import [Zotero Documentation]
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.
The latest version of Mendeley prevents you from getting all of your data out of the app. We’ve added instructions for transferring your full library to Zotero — which will always remain open — while you still can.
Elsevier-owned Mendeley now encrypts users' hard drives w/o permission (falsely citing GDPR as reason). And decrypting is anything but straight-forward
Finally cancelled my Mendeley subscription, as finally having more time to set up an alternative system. Such a sad story about an amazing software going down the drain of unscrupulous business practices (see
) not to mention a drastic decline in quality 😢
1) GDPR doesn’t require you to lock users out of their own data. 2) Encrypting a local file provides essentially no additional security beyond what the OS provides. 3) Exports exclude a lot of important data. This is a self-serving, user-hostile move.
users, your citation database is no longer open. You have one last chance to export to
BEFORE you upgrade to #Mendeley 1.19!
Fuck Elsevier and fuck Mendeley. Choose your tools wisely and try to pick ones that aren't owned by assholes.
BLOCKED: Mendeley won’t let you export data to Zotero any more through ‘encryption’- see 21 June 2018 -
DO IT before Mendeley further locks your database! Instructions
for me were simple, install v 1.18 over existing 1.19. Though I couldn't easily re download all PDFs into 1.18 so I exported half as Bib and copied the other PDFs from their location on disk
is now locking you in, starting with version 0.19, by encrypting the local db. Fortunately, I still had 0.18 and could convert to
Make sure to backup your library!
Brilliant! I only found out about the Mendeley thing thanks to
, and some twitter exchanges. Expected and predictable for workflow lockin. That's an amazing photo BTW! 😍
Open Sci peeps: JSYK Mendeley used to be OA then it was bought by Elsevier. In 2018 Mendeley began encrypting its local database using a proprietary algorithm, making it difficult for users to export their data (creating a potential lock-in situation)