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Researcher Profiles: Social Networks for Researchers

Open Access Compliance & Social Networks

Social networks for researchers can be used to increase the visibility and impact of your research. However, it must be noted that these systems are not classed as repositories, and hence depositing your publication into them* alone would not be sufficient to comply with HEFCE and RCUK Open Access polices. To ensure compliance and be submissable to the next REF, please deposit your publication into PURE within 3 months of acceptance date.

* Note: Some publisher policies may allow deposit of earlier versions of articles on such sites but not the final published version due to copyright law restrictions, please check your publisher's policy (excepting where Gold Open Access has been paid for - for further information see the Open Access LibGuide).

ResearchGate

ResearchGate is free to join and is a social networking site for researchers to share publications, ask and answer questions and find future collaborators. To join, a university e-mail address is required. Benefits of joining include:

1. Discoverability - your profile and your research can be searched for in Google and other search engines

2. Metrics - Analyse your research from a variety of perspectives including views, downloads and citations

3. Discuss - Comment on, post questions to, follow other researchers/publications. More than 4 million researchers use ResearchGate.

 

To join ResearchGate, please click here

SSRN

SSRN (Social Science Research Network) is an open-access preprint community specialising primarily in social sciences, including economics, law, corporate governance, and humanities. It enables researchers to share their research rapidly, collaborate and get credit prior to peer reviewed publication. 

 

To join SSRN, please click here

Mendeley

Mendeley, a Elsevier product, is a free reference manager and social network which allows for the managing and sharing of research papers, the discovering of research data. Not only can Mendeley be used via its website, but it can also be found used on smartphones and tablets through the Mendeley App.

 

To join Mendeley, please click here

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

Benefits of joining include:

1. Discoverability - your profile and your research can be searched for in Google and other search engines

2. Metrics - Analyse your research from a variety of perspectives including views, downloads and citations

3. Discuss - Comment on, post questions to, follow other researchers/publications.
 

To join Academia.edu, please click here