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Online 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 is not compliant with the Aston's Open Access policy, the REF Open Access policy or major funder open access policies. 


* Note: Most publishers allow authors to deposit earlier versions of articles on academic social networks, but not the final published version due to copyright law restrictions. Publishers are active in making takedown requests for non-legal versions of publications. If you do want to share your work on academic social networks, please adhere to the deposit advice provided by the following trusted sources:

Additionally, you can also email the Open Access and Repository Specialists ( if you would like further information on whether you can add a document or not.