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Researcher e-Visibility: ResearchGate

This guide assists researchers with creating and maintaining an online presence in different ways e.g. creating researcher identifiers i.e.ORCID and by using Social Media tools.


ResearchGate is a very large (originally German) researcher community linking researchers around topics. It is frequently used to ask questions and to connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and experts in your field as ResearchGate automatically helps you create a research network.This is based on the people you have followed, the subject area of your expertise and the reference list of your works uploaded to the platform that have the same set of interests and specialisations. You can choose which topics or researchers to follow. You can automatically populate your publications list or add items from reference management tools or add manually. You can even upload and share full text publications (e.g. last author versions that many publishers allow you to share).

  1. Go to ResearchGate, sign up and complete your profile with the relevant information.
  2. Add your publications by clicking add publications" and choosing "author match".
  3. Select one or two research topics to follow if you want.
  • ResearchGate also has a public list of researchers that have joined ResearchGate
  • Full text publications uploaded to ResearchGate profiles are indexed by Google Scholar
  • Post questions for solutions to research problems at the “Q&A section”. Likewise, researchers are encouraged to answer questions posted by others using their own expertise (ResearchGate will prompt you with questions in your subject area)
  • ResearchGate also boosts metrics for individuals and institutions: RG-score (total activity and weighed interaction, plus publications) and impact points (number of publications weighed by journals they are published in) to identify your influence on the platform with ResearchGate score. It measures how your published research and your contributions to ResearchGate are received by your peers
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Why use ResearchGate