The Mendeley Science of Team Science (SciTS) Library

An Essential Team Science Resource

scits mendeley graphicThe reference library in the Science of Team Science (SciTS)” public group on Mendeley constitutes the most comprehensive and authoritative source of empirical literature on team science and scientific collaboration—the SciTS field—in the world.

Launched in 2013, it is a free, community resource available via the web and through the free Mendeley Desktop software providing over 2,500 team science references from a wide range of knowledge domains, most curated and organized into over three dozen topical folders. As a public group, anyone with a basic Mendeley profile can access the library in its entirety and any member of the group’s community can directly add references to the library in a crowdsourcing fashion, including creating new folders.

The SciTS library on Mendeley is a reliable source of references for individuals and initiatives alike; it was used for all three national team science reports: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science consensus report by the National Research Council of the US National Academy of Science; the UK Academy of Medical Sciences team science report, Improving Recognition of Team Science Contributions in Biomedical Research Careers; and the report by the Canadian Academy of Health Science team science panel, Academic Recognition of Team Science: How to Optimize the Canadian Academic System.

If you already have a profile on Mendeley:

  1. Go to and click on “Sign in” in the upper right corner
  2. Go directly to the group at (which you might consider bookmarking) and click on the blue box that says "Join the group"
  3. After joining the group, you can most easily access the library by clicking on “View group documents in library” on the right side of the group page
  4. While you can access the group documents from Mendeley Web, it’s recommended to use Mendeley Desktop because the latter currently has greater search functionality. For instructions to download, install, and sync Mendeley Desktop go to: (~5min).

If you do not already have a profile on Mendeley:

  1. Go and click on “Create account” in the upper right corner
  2. Follow the prompts to create your account (~5min to set up a basic profile). Overview of create account process:
  3. Follow steps 2-4 above