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On ResearchGate, you can join in the discussion by adding comments to projects and research items.  Adding comments is a great way to discuss research in your field with experts, ask questions directly to the authors, and share your own expertise. We've put together these guidelines so that you can get the most out of commenting on ResearchGate.  For guidelines that are specific to providing feedback on preprints, see the next section

Top tips for commenting

  • Comments are a great way to give feedback, ask questions, and interact with other researchers
  • Comments should be specific and relevant to the research you're interacting with
  • To get other researchers involved in the discussion, you can easily tag them in your comments on projects by typing an @ symbol before mentioning their name

Adding a good comment

Giving high-quality feedback is a great way to discuss research with authors and other experts. Aim at adding feedback that is detailed, focused, relevant to the project or research item, and useful to the people reading it. A useful comment is one that either asks a specific question or provides feedback on the content, method, results, or anything else specific to someone's research.  For people interested in a project or research item, good comments will help them to understand aspects that are not clear or to spark discussions about important findings.  For authors, good comments will give them research-related feedback and suggestions, or discuss their methods and results.

Style

The key to adding good comments is to keep your comments and questions simple, informative, and concise. Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar make all the difference. Always keep in mind that comments are where you engage with other scientists on a professional level. When adding a comment to a project, remember that you can tag researchers on ResearchGate by typing an @ symbol before mentioning their name. This is a great way to involve other researchers and to start a conversation about a project.

Where can I add comments?

You can give your thoughts on an entire research item by adding your comments in the comments tab directly underneath the research item's title and author information. 

How do I add a comment to a research item?

For all research items on ResearchGate, including those without a full-text, you can add general comments on the entire research item. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the page of the research item you want to comment on
  2. Select the Comments tab at the top of the page underneath the research item's title and author information
  3. Click in the text field box that says Add a comment
  4. Add your comment
  5. Save the comment by clicking Add comment.


Please note: Your comment is now visible to anyone viewing the page – both to ResearchGate members using the site logged in, and people without an account who access it logged out.

How do I add a comment to a project update?

  1. Go to the project's page
  2. Click on Comment in the bottom left corner of a project update
  3. Enter your comment and click Add
  4. Click Save to confirm your changes.

How do I ask a question in a project?

  1. Go to the project's page
  2. Select the Comments tab at the top of the page underneath the project's title and author information
  3. Enter your question in the text box next to your profile picture and click Add
  4. Click Save to confirm your changes.

How do I edit my comment?

To edit a comment that you added to a research item:

  1. Go to the page of the research item you commented on
  2. Select the Comments tab at the top of the page underneath the research item's title and author information
  3. Locate the comment you would like to edit and click on the downward-facing arrow at the top right-hand corner, and then click Edit
  4. Enter the changes you would like to make and click Save.


To edit a comment that you added to a project update:

  1. Go to the project's page
  2. Find the project update you commented on in the project log and click on Comments at the bottom right-hand corner
  3.  Locate your comment and click Edit underneath your comment
  4. Enter the changes you would like to make and click Save to confirm your changes.


To edit a question you asked in a project:

  1. Go to the project's page
  2. Click on the Questions tab and then click on the subject line of your question
  3. Click on the downward-facing arrow at the top right-hand corner of the question and select Edit
  4. Enter the changes you would like to make to the question or the description and click Save question to confirm your changes.


How do I delete my comment?

To delete a comment that you added to a research item:

  1. Go to the page of the research item you commented on
  2. Select the Comments tab at the top of the page underneath the research item's title and author information
  3. Locate the comment you would like to edit and click on the downward-facing arrow at the top right-hand corner, and then click Delete
  4. Click Yes to confirm.


To delete a comment that you added to a project update:

  1. Go to the project's page
  2. Find the project update you commented on in the project log and click on Comments at the bottom right-hand corner
  3.  Locate your comment and click Delete underneath your comment
  4. Click Yes to confirm.


To delete a question you asked in a project:

  1. Go to the project's page
  2. Click on the Questions tab and then click on the subject line of your question
  3. Click on the downward-facing arrow at the top right-hand corner of the question and select Delete
  4.  Click Delete to confirm.


Please note: To ensure that scientific discourse remains visible to all, comments and questions with replies cannot be deleted. 


Who can see my comments?

ResearchGate is a platform for connecting the world of science and making it as open as possible. For this reason, all comments are visible to anyone who visits the page – both to ResearchGate members using the site logged in, and people without an account who access it logged out.  We always display the name of the researcher alongside their comment. This way, the researcher is fully responsible and accountable for the feedback they give. We alert authors to comments on their work as soon as feedback is added. This way, they are encouraged and able to respond to feedback immediately.  Researchers are also notified when one of their comments receives a reply.  We believe that these open discussions around research items are extremely effective at helping accelerate scientific progress. 


How do I report other researchers' comments?

You can help to make sure that quality on ResearchGate remains high by reporting inappropriate comments. Find out how in our section on reporting comments, project updates, and replies.



Why was my comment deleted?

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