ResearchGate: Facebook for Researchers?


The Internet and its associated tools have begun to change how scientists can more effectively share information. One such social networking site you may have heard of is ResearchGate, an academic social networking site for doctors, PhDs. and scientists, offering tools and applications to allow users to interact and collaborate more effectively. The site has been described as a mash-up of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Scientists can set up and populate ResearchGate profiles with their real names, professional details and publications — data that the site uses to suggest connections with other members. Users can create public or private discussion groups, and share papers and lecture materials. A new portal encourages scientists to post both positive and negative results and data so that you can find out what does and does not work – an obvious advantage over current journals which only publish positive results.

Click here if you want to find out more about ResearchGate and how this and other social networking sites will change the way you work.

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