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

You can add a full-text to your publication from your publication’s ResearchGate page.

To add a full-text from your publication’s page:

  1. Go to your publication’s ResearchGate page
  2. Click Add full-text in the top right-hand corner
  3. Choose from either Share publicly or Store privately
  4. Click Select file to find and upload your file
  5. Click the checkbox "I have reviewed and verified the file I am uploading. I have the right to privately store the file, and agree to the upload conditions" 
  6. Add an optional URL or DOI linking to the original source
  7. Click Upload.

I’m having trouble uploading files

If you’re having trouble uploading a file to ResearchGate try switching to your browser’s default uploader. To do this, just click on Problems uploading? below the Select file button.

How do I delete my publication’s full-text?









You can remove full-texts either from the Timeline or your Contributions tab. To remove a full-text from the Timeline:

  1. Go to your Timeline tab
  2. Scroll down to the publication you’d like to remove
  3. Next to the details of this publication, click the button
  4. Check the box that reads Just the full-text from my publication
  5. Click Remove

To remove a full-text from the Contributions tab:

  1. Go to your Contributions tab
  2. Scroll down to the publication you'd like to remove
  3. Click on the down arrow next to Add resources
  4. Select Remove
  5. Check the box that reads Just the full-text from my publication
  6.  Click Remove.

The full-text version is now removed; however, the title and abstract of the publication will still remain on your profile. If your co-author has uploaded the full-text, they are the only ones who can remove it.

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.

  • Full-text can only be removed from Articles, Books, Chapters and Conferences Papers. If you are unhappy with the full-text of any other publication type, please remove the entire publication and re-upload.
  • 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

How do I replace my publication’s full-text?

To replace your publication’s full-text you’ll need to delete the current full-text first. Once you’ve done this you can upload a new version.

To remove the current full-text:

1. Go to your Timeline tab
2. Scroll down to the publication you’d like to remove
3. Next to the details of this publication, click the x button
4. Check the box that reads Just the full-text from my publication
5. Select the reason why you’re deleting this publication from the drop-down menu
6. Click Remove.

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 users 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 requesters  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.

What is self-archiving?

Self-archiving means putting an electronic version of a document online in order to make it publicly accessible. Self-archiving maximizes the visibility, readership, and impact of your work. You can self-archive your work on ResearchGate by uploading full-text versions of your publications.

Am I breaching copyright by uploading my publication’s full-text?

Self-archiving permissions vary between publishers and journals. You can find details of many publisher copyright policies on Sherpa/RoMEO. If your publication is correctly linked to its journal on ResearchGate, you can also find general publisher conditions for it by clicking the Show self-archiving restrictions link at the bottom of its ResearchGate page. Here you’ll see a classification color: green means you can generally upload a full-text, blue or yellow means you should check your individual article conditions, and white means self-archiving is generally not permitted. 

You should always check your publisher conditions to make sure you are not breaching copyright conditions. If you aren’t permitted to make your full-text publicly available, you always have the option to send it to another researcher privately. You can do this in a private message or by clicking Send privately when you receive a full-text request from someone.