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Before asking your first question on Q&A, please read the Guidelines here

How do I ask a question in Q&A?

You can ask a question in Q&A in a few simple steps:

  1. Go to the Q&A overview page
  2. Enter your question in the box provided at the top of the page. 
  3. Click Ask
  4. If necessary, edit your question in the first field
  5. Enter an explanation in the second field and provide as much contextual detail as possible to help other researchers answer your question
  6. Attach resources that support your question, such as publications, images, graphs, or links (optional)
  7. Click Ask to post your question.

Alternatively:

  1. Click on the blue Add new button at the top right-hand side of any ResearchGate page
  2. Select Question from the drop-down menu
  3. Enter the question and provide as much detail as possible in the box below
  4. Click the blue Ask button to post your question.

Please note that there is a character limit. If your question exceeds this, the field will have a red outline. You'll have to remove some text before you can post your answer.

Who sees my question?

When you ask a question, it will be seen by your followers and researchers who we think can answer it based on their skills and expertise.

Now that I've asked a question, where can I see it?

To see all of the questions you’ve asked, go to the Q&A overview page and select Questions you asked on the right-hand side. You can also see a list of all the questions you’ve asked by going to your profile’s Timeline tab and then filtering for Questions at the top of your Timeline. Please note that if you haven't asked a question yet, you won't be able to filter your Timeline in this way. 

How do I make sure my question gets the best answers?

The key to getting the answers you’re looking for is to keep your questions informative and concise. Always keep in mind that Q&A is where you engage with other scientists on a professional level. Here are a few tips to get the best answers:

  • Provide as many details as possible in the explanation field so other researchers have enough information to answer your question.
  • Attach resources that support your question, such as publications, images, graphs, or links.
  • Formulate your question in clear, concise English, and make sure it’s phrased in the form of a question. This will make sure it stands out to the right researchers.
  • Profiles with a photo receive an average of 150% more views, so add a photo to get your question seen by more researchers.