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Build Your Professional Profile & Network: ResearchGate

Tools and resources for building your professional profile online.

About ResearchGate

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.

Use this tool to . . .

  • create your profile
  • produce a list of publications
  • upload copies of papers and associated data
  • share project or experiment failures
  • track and follow research publications of others in your field
  • review statistics related to your research
  • seek a job or recruit for a job

How this tool works!

Start by setting up a free account. In your browser go to 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.

  • Overview:  This page allows you to add publications, use your profile to present yourself and your research, add you work experience, review basic publication statistics, see your featured publications (use EDIT to pick your featured publications and the order they appear; 5 allowed), ask and answer questions, list awards and achievements, your skills and expertise and your top co-authors; who you are following and who is following you.
  • 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.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages include

  • privacy settings give you control
  • your public page is visible to search engines
  • your reputation is built based on your contributions and interactions
  • publications are added automatically or can be uploaded
  • you can review job listings
  • the Help Center is good

Disadvantages include

  • concerns with unsolicited invitations
  • RG score is suspect and possibly flawed
  • accounts are not kept current by users
  • full-text articles may have been illegally uploaded
  • too much email!


  • Statement on Privacy and Data Protection
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