New catalog API examples: Python and R

We’re pleased to make two new example API applications available on GitHub.  These are designed to help out those of you who want a simple way to access the Mendeley catalog of research from your applications.

The two examples are:

  • mendeley-api-python-catalog-example – a Python script that gets the number of Mendeley users who have read a document with a given DOI.
  • mendeley-api-r-example – an R script that generates a barplot of the academic statuses of Mendeley users who have read a document with a given DOI, like the one below.


If you’re interested in creating applications that work with user libraries, don’t forget to check out our existing Python example.

We hope that you’ll be able to use these examples to get started with your own applications, and we’d love to hear about what you come up with.  As ever, if you’ve any feedback on these examples, or if there’s anything else you’d like to see, then please get in touch with us.

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About Matt Thomson

Matt Thomson is one of the developers of the Mendeley API. After graduating with an MMath from the University of Cambridge, he moved to London to join a telecommunications software provider, before joining the platform team at Mendeley. Matt's a big fan of live comedy, and performed improvised comedy for a number of years, most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe with London's Fat Kitten Improv. He also enjoys exploring London's green spaces and pubs, and is a long-suffering follower of Scunthorpe United.