Candidate Search on ResearchGate supports Boolean search queries with AND, OR, NOT, “ ”, and ( ).
Use Boolean operators to optimise your queries
- AND: Search for candidates that match both search terms
- OR: Broaden your search by searching for candidates matching any term
- NOT: Use to exclude candidates matching a specific term
Without the use of any operators, all search terms will automatically be “OR” connected.
Using Boolean operators helps find candidates that match a specific combination of search terms.
Example: Microglia AND Huntington’s disease
Use quotation marks “ ” to search for candidates who match an exact phrase
Quotation marks can help narrow down the list of search results to the most relevant candidates
Example: Huntington’s disease returns candidates who are matching either the exact phrase ‘Huntington’s disease’ or any part of it, both ‘Huntington’s’ or ‘disease’; whereas “Huntington’s disease” in quotations returns only candidates who are matching the exact phrase.
Use parentheses ( ) to create a more complex search:
Candidate Search recognizes AND as the primary operator, meaning that search terms with AND will be connected together first.
Therefore, if you use a combination of AND and OR operators in your search, use parentheses for all the words you want to be “OR” connected.
Examples: (Java OR Python) AND (Kafka OR Hbase OR Flink OR Hive)
“Brain stimulation” AND (Parkinson OR Dystonia)
Once you have found a candidate you would like to contact using Candidate Search, you will find the blue Message button on the top right-hand side of their profile.