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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers and Social Networks: Maximise your Impact

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

What is ResearchGate?

ResearchGate is a social network for scientists.

The major disciplines represented in ResearchGate are:

  • Biology,
  • Medicine,
  • Computer Science,
  • Physics, and
  • Chemistry.

Why create a ResearchGate profile?

You can use ResearchGate to:

  • Share your research publications,
  • Find collaborators,
  • Access job boards, and
  • Ask and answer questions across disciplines and borders, in real-time.

Full-text publications you upload to your ResearchGate profile are indexed by Google Scholar.

Considerations and Risks

Before you create a ResearchGate profile or upload any publications you should consider the risks and issues involved, such as security, confidentiality and copyright:

How to create a ResearchGate profile

  1. Go to and click 'Join for free' and follow the prompts.
  2. Add your publications by clicking 'add publications'.
  3. Select topics to follow.

You should also customise your email notification settings, as with the default settings you may receive many email notifications.


Example: Stephen J Rogerson

Screenshot of researcher's profile taken on the 7th of July 2014. Use of screenshot courtesy of

About ResearchGate: a social network for Scientists