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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 author 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 for more information and how to ensure your rights to share your work. If in doubt, or for any questions, contact Stephanie Towery, Copyright Officer (copyrightoffice@txstate.edu)

Information on several widely-known scholarly social networks is below:

Research Gate

About ResearchGate

ResearchGate is a social networking site for researchers to share publications, ask and answer questions and find future collaborators. It is free to join, though a university email address is required. To join ResearchGate, click here.

Once you have signed up for a ResearchGate profile, you can import your publications from EndNote, CiteSeer, PubMed, arXiv, etc. If you have co-authors, they will be linked automatically to these publications if they are also signed up to ResearchGate. You can search and filter the contents of ResearchGate to find authors, journals, institutions, etc.

Benefits of joining include:

  • Discoverability - your profile and your research can be searched for in Google and other search engines. 
  • Metrics - Analyze your research from a variety of perspectives including views, downloads and citations
  • Discuss - Comment on, post questions to, follow other researchers/publications. More than 4 million researchers use ResearchGate.
  • DOI Link - Link your ResearchGate record to the publishers web page for your article, or book chapter etc. This is useful if your publisher does not allow you to upload your publication to ResearchGate.
  • Job Recruitment -  Job advertisements are regularly posted to appeal to a wide audience

It should be noted that ResearchGate is a for-profit organization and neither the members nor the content are monitored for accuracy.

Academia.edu

About Academia.edu

Academia.edu is a social networking platform for researchers. Full text publications in Academia.edu are indexed in Google Scholar and also appear high in Google searches. To join Academia.edu, click here.

Benefits of joining include:

  • Discoverability - your profile and your research can be searched for in Google and other search engines
  • Metrics - Analyze your research from a variety of perspectives including views, downloads and citations
  • Discussion - Comment on, post questions to, follow other researchers/publications.

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

Mendeley

About Mendeley

Mendeley, an Elsevier product, is a free reference manager and academic social network that serves as an information system to support research. It can help you discover, access, manage and share references and research data, collaborate with others online, showcase your latest research, find funding, and identify career opportunities.

Benefits of joining include:

  • 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
  • One click importing on selected sites and database

Linkedin

About LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional networking and job-seeking site popular both within and outside of academia. LinkedIn allows you to create a profile that presents the best version of you without a lot of regular maintenance.

Benefits of joining include:

  • Create a network of colleagues and professionals in your field from whom you can seek advice
  • Stay in touch with past and present colleagues
  • Discover connections when you're looking for a job
  • Recommend and endorse others
  • Receive recommendations from colleagues
  • List your skills and experience
  • Join groups and participate in discussions

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