ResearchGate is a social networking site that connects researchers and scientists so that they can share papers, ask questions and find collaborators. ResearchGate is designed so that members can follow others with similar research interests. Members are encouraged to share raw data and failed experiment results.
There are currently 3 million members.
Start by setting up a free account. In your browser go to http://www.researchgate.net and click the green Join for free button, create an account and begin to build your profile.
Building your profile: Use the links at the top of the page to work through the various features of ResearchGate.
Contributions: use the Add your publications button to do so, edit your publications list ( you can publish full-text or remove it); view a summary of publication statistics, view questions and answers, #followers, number of citations, and open reviews. Includes a list of your top co-authors, following and followers and the top journal you publish in. You can import your contacts and invite colleagues.
Info: Lists your skills & expertise, endorse the skills and expertise of others, add topics to follow discussions in your field, add teaching experiences & awards, your contact information. You can share your profile with FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google +.
Stats: About your publications, your network (who is downloading your publications), your profile (how often your profile has been viewed), your questions and jobs you may be interested in. Publication Views includes a chart of google referrals – the number of time's your publications have been reached through a google search.
RG Score: Your RG Score is calculated based on how other researchers interact with your content, how often, and who they are. The higher their score, the more yours will increase. The RG Score takes all your research and turns it into a source of reputation.