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This article was published on August 11, 2010

    Mendeley “sexes up” its academic API, opens it to all

    Mendeley “sexes up” its academic API, opens it to all
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    Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

    Knowledge equals power, goes the saying. If that’s true, Mendeley‘s API could be very powerful indeed. The service, pitched to universities as a way of organising, tracking and ranking citations in academic and science research papers, has opened its API to the public.

    The London-based startup opened a beta version of the API in April, allowing developers to build applications and services on top of the wealth of academic research available via Mendeley. While the beta version was limited to pre-approved developers, anyone can now give it a go. Despite some high-profile coverage of the beta launch, the company’s “Chief Scientist and VP of R&D”, Jason Hoyt admits on its blog that the API could have been “sexier”.

    Hoyt writes that the company has been working on making the API more appealing to developers who have never worked with science data previously. As a result, a user-friendly looking Mendeley Developer’s Portal has launched. Developers looking to tap into the research carried by Mendeley can head along there to find out more.