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ResearchGate strives to connect your profile with all of your research automatically. However, if we've missed something, or someone else has already taken authorship of your publication incorrectly, you can request authorship by going to the publication's page on Researchgate by clicking on its title. Select the arrow  at the top right-hand side of the page and then click Claim authorship from the drop-down list.


From there, select your name from the list or request to add your name to the author list by clicking on + Add name. Providing as much additional information as possible helps us to process your request quickly and correctly. 

If you have already submitted an authorship request for a publication or author name, please note that all authorship requests are curated manually - this means that it can sometimes take time. We thank you for your patience.

What is the difference between confirming authorship of a publication and adding it manually?

When you confirm authorship of a publication on ResearchGate, you are confirming that you are the author of a publication that is already listed in our database. When you add a publication manually, it just means that it wasn’t yet listed in our database.

How do I confirm authorship of research that I published under a different name?

If you published a research item under a different name, you can add an alternative author name to your account:

  1. Go to your Profile
  2. Click Add new in the top right-hand corner
  3. Select Published research and then Article from the options available
  4. Click on the Author match tab on the top left
  5. Select Add alternative name
  6. Enter the alternative name that you published with
  7. Click Save.

All done! If you want to edit your author names again, just go to your Account SettingsFind out more.

I’m having trouble confirming authorship of my publications

If you’re having problems confirming authorship of a publication, it’s usually because your account name doesn’t match the name you published under. The best thing you can do here is to add an alternative author name to your ResearchGate account (see above).

If you have tried this and still can’t confirm authorship of a publication, you can request authorship of it directly from its ResearchGate page:

1. Go to the publication page by clicking on the publication's title
2. Click on the arrow to the right of the title and select Claim authorship from the drop-down list
3. Select the name you published with or click Add name. A box will appear so that you can add additional information
4. Click on the blue Request authorship button.

We take erroneous authorship claims very seriously and review each case manually. As this can sometimes take a while, we appreciate your patience during this process.

Note: We do not currently add collaborators, editors, translators, consortiums or signatories to the author lists of publications unless their names are explicitly stated on the full-text of the publication in the main author list. We are working on a better way to represent the contributions that researchers in this position have made to these publications.

The suggested publications are not mine

ResearchGate's authorship suggestions are designed to help you claim your publications as effectively as possible. You can always click This is not me if the publication is not yours, which will help the algorithm we use to make a more informed suggestion the next time. You’ll find the page where you can click This is not me here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile.ProfileAuthorClusterClaim.html

The best advice we can offer at this time is to keep declining authorship of articles that are not yours. The algorithm, as a result, becomes 'smarter' and chooses fewer publications to be sent your way.

The suggested publication is a duplicate/has incorrect metadata


ResearchGate's extensive publication database is compiled using publicly available metadata from other literature databases, including PubMed, NASA, and CiteSeer. The ResearchGate community also contributes to our publications database, by either uploading publications manually or through reference managers. As a result, there may be times where we suggest a publication that you already have on your profile or publications with incorrect metadata. For duplicates, you can report them to us. For publications that you authored with incorrect metadata, you can edit the publication after you've claimed it. 

Adding, editing, and removing co-author information

The best way to add, edit, or remove co-author information from a publication is to:

  1. Go to your publication's page, by clicking on the title.

  2. Click on the arrow to the right of the title and select Edit from the drop-down list

  3. Edit the Authors field as appropriate

  4. Update the author information and click Request changes.

Note: We review author changes manually, so there may be a short delay before your publication is updated.

Author profiles

When browsing ResearchGate you might come across a profile in your name or that of a colleague/co-author. We call these Author profiles.

Author profiles are created by ResearchGate and contain a list of published scientific contributions. They are automatically created based on bibliographic data we obtain from publicly available sources (they are different from profile pages, which are controlled by members). 

To claim your author profile (and all the publications that come along with it), click on 'Are you (Firstname Lastname)?' at the top right-hand side of the page. The author profile will then be merged with your ResearchGate profile and all the details will match up to the details on your account.

If you know the researcher who should claim this author profile, click on the blue Invite button on the right-hand side.

A dialogue box like the one above will appear and you will be prompted to enter their email address. This will send an email to that researcher suggesting the author profile to them.

A researcher has wrongly claimed co-authorship of my publication

Our author match feature is designed to help you quickly confirm authorship of your publications on ResearchGate. The ease of this one-click process means mistakes can sometimes be made, so if another researcher has claimed to be your co-author, it is usually the result of an honest mistake.

If you notice that someone has mistakenly claimed co-authorship of your publication, please contact RG Community Support with details and a link to your publication.

We take erroneous authorship claims very seriously and review each case manually, so please bear with us.

Note: if you see 'Not on ResearchGate' below their name, this is an author profile. See above for more details.

For more information about reporting content on ResearchGate, see Reporting content on ResearchGate

Another researcher has claimed my publications

If another researcher has claimed your publication, it is usually the result of an honest mistake.

To resolve this:

1. Go to the publication page by clicking on the publication's title
2. Click on the arrow to the right of the title and select Claim authorship from the drop-down list
3. Tell us what's happened in the box that appears and, if possible, include links to external services where your work is published
4. Click on the blue Request authorship button.

We take erroneous authorship claims very seriously and review each case manually. As this can sometimes take a while, we appreciate your patience during this process.

Note: if you see 'Not on ResearchGate' below their name, this is an author profile. See above for more details.

A publication in my profile doesn’t belong to me

We try our best to accurately match publications to their authors, but mistakes can sometimes be made. The best way to remove a publication from your profile is to:

  1. Go to your profile’s Contributions tab
  2. Use the search tool and enter the title, then click on the downward-facing arrow below the publication you want to remove
  3. Click Remove
  4. Choose the option to Remove publication page from profile
  5. Please tell us why and then click Remove publication page

If you need to remove more than one publication, you can do this by going to your Contributions tab and clicking on Edit list above your list of publications. 

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