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Projects is a space for all of your research – no matter where you are in the research process. By adding projects, you can create exposure for your work and interact with your audience and peers.

 

Add your own projects to collaborate with others on a current project and organize your existing work so that others can find it and see it in context. As a project collaborator, you can ask questions and get feedback on your work, and share all your new research with your followers.

 

Follow other researchers' projects to see what your peers are working on, keep up with new developments in your field, and add comments and questions to interact directly with others about their research. 

How do I create a project? 


Creating a project is quick and easy. Here’s how:

  1. Click in the top right-hand corner of your profile
  2. Select Project from the blue box that appears
  3. Enter a title and your project goal
  4. Click the blue Add project button
  5. Select the people you are working with as collaborators
  6. You can only add members of your network to your project. Your network includes your co-authors, your department colleagues, your institution colleagues, and researchers who follow you.
  7. If you select anyone by mistake, simply click their name to deselect them
  8. Once you’ve selected your collaborators, click the blue Add collaborators button
  9. Fill in the method and then select Add methods
  10. Provide a list of publications that you are using as a reference and select Continue
  11. You and your collaborators can now share updates about your project from your project page.

My project is inactive, how do I activate it?

If your project is active, select how often you would like to give updates to your audience and then select Continue. You'll then be taken to the project page and prompted to add an introduction to activate your project. Once the introduction is added, your project is up and running.

If your project is inactive, select No, this project isn't being worked on anymore. Once you have selected this option please enter the applicable dates and then select Continue.

How do I edit my project details?

Project creators can edit the project title and description at any time. To edit your project details if you created the project:

  1. Go to your project page
  2. Once there, click on the blue arrow next to Add research 
  3. Select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu
  4. Edit your details in the box that appears
  5. Click Save.

 

Collaborators of a project can only edit collaborators, or add references or methods.

How do I delete my project?

If a project is now finished, you can enter an end date. We will be introducing a way to clearly indicate that project has ended in the near future. Removing a project is quick and easy, but note that you can only delete a project that you have created. Here's how:

  1. Click on the title of your project to take you to the project page
  2. Once there, Click on the arrow next to the Add research button 
  3. A drop-down menu will appear with the following options -
  • Add update
  • Edit project details
  • Edit collaborators
  • Add project methods
  • Add project references 
  • Ask a question
  • Share project
  • Delete project

Select 'Delete project' and then confirm by selecting the orange button 'Delete project'.

How do I add and remove collaborators?

To add or remove collaborators in your project:

  1. Go to your project page
  2. Once there, next to Add research there is a blue arrow
  3. Select Edit collaborators, and type their names into the field provided
  4. You can only add members of your network to your project. Your network includes your co-authors, your department colleagues, your institution colleagues, and researchers who follow you.
  5. If you select anyone by mistake, simply click on the x next to their name to deselect them
  6. Once you’ve selected your collaborators, click the blue Save button
  7. Your list of collaborators is now updated.

Note: The order of collaborators in a project cannot be changed. The project creator is always first in the list.

How do I remove myself from a project?

To remove yourself from a particular project:

  1. Click the title of the project to take you to the project page. 
  2. Once there, next to Add research there is a blue arrow. Click on this arrow and a drop-down menu will appear with the option to edit collaborators.
  3. Once this has been clicked, click on the small x next to your name
  4.  Click Save

How do I share project updates?

You can share updates such as dataresultsmethodssoftware, or even a quick description of your progress with your peers and collaborators on ResearchGate. 

To share a project update:

  1. Go to your project page
  2. Click the box that says Add research
  3. Enter your update or attach a file by clicking Add file below the bottom left-hand corner of the box
  4. Your update can include just text, just a file, or both
  5. You can format your update with lists, bullet points, and some text formatting options available above the box
  6. Click the blue Add research button once you are finished adding your update
  7. Your update will now appear on your project page.

Please note: Your project and all the updates you share are public and will be visible to all ResearchGate members.

How do I mention someone in a project update?

When writing your update, type and then type their name and select them from the list of suggestions.

How do I delete a project update?


A project update is considered to be a record of your research, along with any comments made on the update. Once an update has comments, it cannot be deleted.

  1. Find the update you want to delete
  2. Click on at the top right-hand side of the update
  3. Select Delete
  4. Confirm the deletion in the next dialog.

Project update and comments guidelines

Project updates are where you can share news about your project, add recent accomplishments and findings, or start a discussion about your research with other experts. They are also a great way to ask for feedback or advice from your project followers.
Comments are where readers of a project can join in the discussion around a project and give feedback on the project's research.
We've put together these guidelines so that you can get the most out using projects on ResearchGate.

Adding a high-quality update or comment to a project

A good project update informs your followers about the specifics of your research so that they can understand and give you feedback on your work.
Updates should help people interested in your project understand your work in detail. They are a great way to get research-related feedback and suggestions, and discuss your methods and results with other researchers.
You can attach files to enrich your updates. This could be pictures of your lab or experimental setup, articles and references related to your project, or early results and raw data. You can also mention other researchers by typing an @ with their name to involve them in your update.

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. Comments allow project collaborators to receive feedback on their work, and give project followers a way to ask questions and learn more about a specific update.
To learn more about the project in general, or to ask about other aspects of a project, project followers can use the Questions feature.

Style

The key to adding good project updates and comments is to keep them 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 or update, you can tag researchers on ResearchGate by typing an @ symbol. This is a great way to involve other researchers in your content and start a conversation about a project.

Top tips for adding updates and comments

  • Updates are the main way to inform your followers and discuss your research
  • Comments are a great way to ask questions about an update and interact with other researchers
  • You can easily tag a researcher in your update or comment by typing an @ symbol with their name
  • Comments and updates should be specific and relevant to the research you're interacting with

How do I report a comment or update on a project?

For more information reporting comments on projects: Reporting updates and comments in projects

How do I add references to a project?

There are several ways to add references to a project:

To add a reference in an update:


  1. You can add a reference to a project update by clicking on Reference in the project update creation dialog.
  2. Then choose either from Choose from suggestions, or Search publications
  3. Choose the publication you want to add 
  4. Click Add

 

To add a reference from the project page:


  1. Go to your project page
  2. Once there, next to Add update there is a blue arrow 
  3. Select Add project references
  4. Select one or more publications from the Choose from suggestions tab, or search for any publication using the Search publications tab
  5. Once you've selected all the publications you want to add, click the Add references button

How do I remove a reference from a project?

To remove a reference:

  1. Go to your project page
  2. Click on the References tab
  3. Hover the mouse over the reference you want to remove, and then click Remove from list

If Remove from list is not present, then this reference was added through a publication update. References of a publication added to a project note which publication they came from above the title of the reference in light green text. To remove these references, please follow the instructions to remove the update with the parent publication.

Note: Any updates associated with the references will remain on the project. 

How do I add my existing publications to a project?

You can add publications and other research from your profile to your projects as a reference or update.

To do this:

  1. Go to your Contributions tab and scroll down to the publication that you would like to add
  2. Select the Add to project button below the title of the publication
  3. If you have more than one project, use the drop-down menu to choose which project you would like to add the publication to and then select Add to project.

Why were references added to my project?

When a publication is added to a project, its references are added to the project as well. References of a publication added to a project note which publication they came from above the title of the reference in light green text. To remove these references, please follow the instructions to remove the update with the parent publication.

How do I follow a project?

Following projects is a great way to keep up with current research in your field and find out about the latest discoveries as they happen.

To follow a project:

  1. Go to the page of the project you would like to follow
  2. Click the blue Follow project button under the list of collaborators on the top right-hand side of the page
  3. You are now following the project and will start getting notified about new project updates and discussions.

How do I unfollow a project?

  1. Go to the page of the project you would like to unfollow
  2. Click the blue arrow next to Share on the right-hand side and select Unfollow project.

How do I share a project?

  1. Go to the project page
  2. Click on Share
  3. Either choose from the suggestions or type the names of the researchers you'd like to share this project with
  4. Click Share

Note: You can only share projects with researchers who are following you.