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How do I add a full-text to my publication page?

Here's how you can add a full-text to your publication's page: 

  1. Go to your publication’s page
  2. Click Add full-text in the top right-hand corner
  3. Choose from either Share publicly or Store privately
  4. Click Select full-text file to find and upload your file
  5. Click the relevant checkbox
  6. Click Upload.

How do I delete one of my publication pages or remove a full-text from a publication page?

To remove your publication page and/or full-text from your profile or entirely from ResearchGate: 

  1. Go to your Contributions tab on your profile
  2. Scroll down to the publication
  3. Click on the arrow next to Add resources
  4. Select Remove
  5. Select the relevant option
  6. Select your reason for removing
  7. Proceed by clicking the relevant button.

Please note: If you did not create the publication page, you can't remove it from ResearchGate. You can, however, remove it from your profile. Please also note that if one of your co-authors uploaded the full-text, it will still be visible on ResearchGate. 

How do I make my privately stored full-text publicly visible?

To make your full-text public:

  1. Go to your Contributions tab
  2. Click Upload full-text under the title of the publication
  3. Click Share publicly in the box that appears
  4. Select the option to upload the stored publication
  5. Agree to the Upload conditions
  6. Click Upload

Note: Please always make sure that you have sufficient rights to post content before you do so. For more information, please visit our Intellectual Property Policy page

Why can't I remove the full-text of my publication?

There are several reasons why you might not be able to remove a full-text.

  • If you cannot delete your publication's full-text, you may first need to claim the publication as yours. You can request authorship by going to the publication's page on Researchgate and then click on the arrow  to the right of Download and Request Feedback/Following. Then select Claim authorship from the drop-down list.
  • Publications with Creative Commons licenses are already publicly available and it is not our policy to allow their removal. If you feel that a publication has been wrongly attributed a Creative Commons license by us, please contact us at

Why aren't all of my references showing?

While citations using standard citation styles are usually extracted accurately on ResearchGate, there are some instances where they cannot be extracted – for example, for full-text PDFs that have been created from scanned hard copies. PDF as a format is not particularly standard, and therefore creating algorithms to extract this information is an ongoing process with varying levels of success. Please also note that citations that do not have complete metadata (publication date, journal, abstract) may not be included in your citation counts, as this is important information when it comes to matching citations to publications correctly. Additionally, if the citing paper is not on ResearchGate, this can also hinder our efforts to add the citation. Our citation data is regularly updated and we are working hard to improve how we extract and match citations. 

Why aren't all of my full-texts counted on my Contributions tab?

The 'Full-texts' filter on your Contributions tab only shows the publications where you have uploaded the full-text personally. Any full-texts for publications on your profile which were uploaded by other members will not be counted.

How do I request a full-text?

If a full-text version of a publication isn't available, you can send a request for a copy to the authors by clicking the Request full-text button. This request is passed to all of the listed authors, and when an author makes the publication available, you will receive a notification. If none of the authors are on ResearchGate, the request is saved and will be passed to them should they join ResearchGate in the future. 

When will I receive the full-text I requested? 

Full-text requests are fulfilled by the authors. This means that the time in which you receive the full-text you have requested is dependent on the time it takes for the author to fulfill it. Please note that we do not hold copies of the publications ourselves, so we are unable to directly supply you with a copy of the publication you have requested. 

How do I cancel a full-text request?

If you happen to click Request full-text by mistake, you have a few seconds in which to click the button again and cancel the request. Once this period has passed, it is currently not possible to cancel a full-text request.

How do I respond to a full-text request?

To send a full-text that has been requested:

1. Click on the envelope icon at the top-right of any ResearchGate page or go to your requests page (
2. Click on the blue View request button
3. A dialogue box will appear with three options:

Share publicly
- Share privately
Decline request

4. If you choose to click the blue Share publicly button, a new box will appear. Click on the blue Select full-text file and then you can add an existing URL or DOI link for the full-text (optional). The Upload button will then be highlighted to finish. Please note that if you select this option, the full-text will be visible to everyone. 
5. If you choose to send the full-text to the requester only, select Share privately, select a file from your computer, add a message if you choose, and then click Send.
6. If you do not have a copy of the full-text, click Decline request to send a message to the requester to let them know.

How can I decline a full-text request?

To decline a full-text request, please go to your requests (, and click on the full-text request you would like to respond to. Underneath the request, you will notice an option to ‘View request’. Click on this and three options will appear:

1. Share publicly

2. Send privately

3. Decline the request

To send a message, click Decline the request so that a dialogue appears. Select your reason for declining the request and make sure the Include a message for the requester box is ticked. Here you can enter your message and then click Submit. Please note that the message that you have just sent to the researcher who requested your full-text can now be found in your sent messages section (

Can I share a full-text with another researcher without making it publicly available?

If you don’t want to make your full-text publicly available on ResearchGate, you always have the option to upload a private copy, which will only be visible to you and your co-authors. You can then use this to quickly fulfill any full-text requests.

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