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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers, and Social Networks: Academic Social Networks

Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.

What are Scholarly or Academic Social Networks?

Scholarly social networks are becoming more popular among scholars as a way to share their work, find collaborators, interact with peers, and obtain new metrics to demonstrate their research impact.  In addition to the traditional number of citations, these metrics include a number of reads, downloads, or mentions in blogs or tweets. Read more on this guide.

Remember about copyright when uploading your articles to such sites. Generally, you may upload a pre-print version (i.e., submitted manuscript) or an accepted manuscript of your paper, but not the final PDF version published in a journal with typesetting and logos. Review your agreement with the publisher for details. See the Author Rights and Publishing Agreements guide.

Several widely-known scholarly social networks are listed below.

Research Gate

Getting started on ResearchGate

  • Share your publications, access millions more, and publish your data.
  • Connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists in your field.
  • Get stats and find out who's been reading and citing your work.
  • Find the right job using the research-focused job board.
  • Ask questions, get answers, and find solutions to research problems.

Getting started on

  • is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.

  • Follow the prompts to fill in the basic profile information and begin uploading articles

  • Review the list of suggested people to follow based on the selections you make

Academics use to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.


Getting started on Mendeley

Mendeley Web

  • Access your profile and library online.
  • Search other Mendeley users' libraries and discover new articles
  • Friend colleagues and other Mendeley users
  • Create, search, and join private and public user groups.
  • Install the Import to Mendeley button on your browser to quickly add items to your library (see below)
  • One click importing on selected sites and database (see list to right)


Getting started on

  • Sign in and create an account with a login
  • Follow the prompts to fill in the basic profile information and begin uploading articles
  • Only registered users can upload content

arXiv acccepts submissions in a variety of file formats. These include PDF, TeX, and LaTeX. A new user needs an endorsement from a current user before they are allowed to submit material.

In most cases, the author retains the copyright to the material uploaded. The remaining material is usually either in the public domain or is covered by a type of share-alike license. This will be indicated by a statement attached to the material.


Getting started on LinkedIn

  • LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 467 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
  • Professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second.
  • There are more than 40 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn. They are LinkedIn's fastest-growing demographic.

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