ResearchGate - social network service for scientists and researchers

ResearchGate - social network service for scientists and researchers
ResearchGate - Social network service for researchers.

ResearchGate is a social network on the Internet and a collaboration tool aimed at people doing science in any discipline. The platform offers free access to the most modern Web 2.0 applications, for example a semantic search3 of scientific journal articles in a database with more than 35 million records, forums, discussion groups, etc. In just two years, the Boston- and Berlin-based platform had reached 1,400,000 members, 4 and by May 2013 it had 2,800,000 people, many of them Spanish-speaking.

In 2012, the possibility of launching versions of the page in several languages, including Spanish, was announced. Among other tools, ResearchGate has developed a semantic search engine that navigates the internal and external research resources of the main databases, including: PubMed, CiteSeer, arXiv and the NASA Library, among others, to find the best results in research work. This search engine allows you to find more precise results by processing scientific abstracts by analyzing a greater number of terms used in the search for keywords. This semantic principle also works in the creation of its members. The starting point for each researcher is the creation of a personal profile through which, and through the information provided by herself, the platform will make available to them interest groups, people and literature related to the profile and research interests that they might interest you. In total, more than 1,100 groups have been created within ResearchGate. These groups can be open to everyone or can be configured as private groups. Any member can create a new group at any time. Each group has collaboration software in place, for example a file distribution tool that allows people to collaborate with their colleagues on writing and editing documents.

ResearchGate is used by various scientific organizations and conferences as a meeting place to finalize details, collaborate and communicate. The platform has also developed private sub-communities for large organizations, open only to members of the respective institution. Another of its main tools is the incorporation of an international job bank for the scientific community. Job search can be filtered by keywords, position and country.

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