How will the transition from Mendeley Desktop to Mendeley Reference Manager affect me?

I heard that Mendeley Desktop is being replaced by a new downloadable version of Mendeley, Mendeley Reference Manager. Can I keep using Mendeley Desktop, or do I need to switch to the new version?


Elsevier, the company that produces Mendeley, is promoting a new version of their product called Mendeley Reference Manager. In September 2022, the previous version − Mendeley Desktop − will no longer be available for download.

This change could potentially cause problems for UMB campus members who use Mendeley.

Mendeley Reference Manager’s in-text citation tool for Word is only available as an add-in from the Microsoft Store. However, because UMB’s IT security restrictions prohibit downloads from the Microsoft Store, those who are using a UMB computer − or using Office via their UMB account − will not be able to download the citation tool for Mendeley Reference Manager.

Current users of Mendeley Desktop can continue to use the citation tool that came with their Mendeley Desktop download. However, as of September 2022, they will not be able to download Mendeley Desktop onto any new laptops or workstations.

UMB members who are looking for a free bibliographic manager with an in-text citation tool may want to try Zotero. Another option, EndNote, is available to UMB faculty, staff, and students for a discounted annual fee. For more information about citation managers, see the HSHSL Citation Managers guide.

  • Last Updated Apr 14, 2022
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  • Answered By Michele Nance

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