ResearchGate - social network for scientists

ResearchGate - social network for scientists
ResearchGate - commercial social networking site for scientists and researchers.

Over 4 million users from 193 countries have registered on the portal. ResearchGate was founded in 2008 by Ijad Madisch and Sören Hofmayer, medical students. The company is headquartered in Berlin. The website offers free access to Web 2.0 services. ResearchGate's database contains over 67 million passwords.

Users create a private profile where they can publish their own research papers, lectures, papers and articles. ResearchGate also has many functions characteristic of social networking sites: the ability to exchange messages on the web, maintain contacts with other users on Internet forums, create a blog and participate in virtual discussion groups, the number of which has already exceeded 1100. Many scientific organizations such as the International Academy of Life Sciences (IALS) or the European Science Foundation uses the ResearchGate platform as a communication tool between its members. When searching for scientific literature, Internet users can use databases such as PubMed, ArXiv, IEEE, CiteSeer, or NASA Library. ResearchGate enables self-archiving of texts (Self-Archiving), the use of a virtual library (Virtual Library), and the creation of the so-called Microarticles, or abstracts up to 306 words. Additionally, users use the Similar Abstract Search Engine (SASE) application, which conducts a semantic analysis of the selected abstract in order to find related articles. In addition, the ResearchJobs tab contains job offers in the science industry. Searching is facilitated by categories such as: keyword, position, industry or country.

Researchgate had 10 million users in 2016. Most of them come from Europe and North America. The most frequently represented disciplines are medicine and biology, but the network also has members from engineering, computer science, agricultural science and psychology. Researchgate does not charge any peer review or publication fees. A bibliometric key figure determined by Researchgate itself to measure scientific reputation, the RG Score, is intended to help scientists receive feedback in real time and for publications. The system is intended to enable them to make a name for themselves in scientific specialist publications regardless of their publication activity. The metric was found to be comparable to existing bibliometric measures, but was criticized for its questionable reliability and dubious calculation method.

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