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ResearchGate is centered around publications – whether it’s adding your own and making them discoverable, finding interesting research in your field, highlighting or commenting on research, or reviewing other peoples' work.

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about publications on ResearchGate, including adding, discovering, editing, full-texts, figures, authorship, highlighting and commenting,  reviewing, and generating a DOI. 

Top questions


 I’ve found a duplicate publication

ResearchGate automatically merges publications where all information is identical, including title, publication date, and journal. To edit your duplicate publications and make the information identical:

  1. Go to the publication’s ResearchGate page
  2. Click the blue downward-facing arrow next to Share my publication on the right-hand side and click Edit from the drop-down menu
  3. Make the necessary changes
  4. Click Save.

Once all of the information is matched, it can take up to 72 hours for the publications to be automatically merged. Please note, if one of the publications was uploaded by a member of ResearchGate they will not merge.

 How do I remove publications from my profile?

To remove a research item or linked data from your profile:

  1. Go to your profile’s Timeline tab
  2. Click on the x  next to the research item you want to remove
  3. Select the appropriate option from the list
  4. Click Remove again in the box that appears to confirm your choice.

*If you originally added the research item to ResearchGate you’ll also have the option to delete it from our database.

If you need to remove more than one research item, you can do this by going to your Contributions tab and clicking on Edit list above your list of Research.


 How do I edit my publication’s details?

Note: Publications with a ResearchGate DOI attached cannot be edited. Instead, you should remove the research completely, re-upload it with the correct details and then generate a new DOI for it. A DOI is a unique identifier - therefore any edits after its creation render the DOI invalid.

If your research does not have a DOI, you can edit your publication’s details by following these steps:

1. Go to the publication’s ResearchGate page by clicking on the title of the publication
2. Click on the blue arrow to the right of Share my publication and select Edit from the drop-down list
3. Make the necessary changes
4. Click Save.


1. Go to your Contributions tab and click on the downward-facing arrow below and to the right of the publication's title and select Edit from the drop-down list.
2. Click on the blue arrow to the right of Share my publication and select Edit from the drop-down list
3. Make the necessary changes
4. Click Save.

Note: Certain types of publications cannot be changed to other types, like Dataset, or Research. These must be removed and re-uploaded as the correct type.

To edit author names:
1. Edit the Authors field as appropriate
2. Update the author information and click Request changes or Save.

If you are the creator of the publication and the sole claimant, you can modify the authors of your publication instantly, otherwise, these changes will be reviewed manually and can take some time.

 Adding publications to my profile

ResearchGate makes it easy for you to add all types of research and publications to your profile. Click the large blue box at the top right of any ResearchGate page, and then select the applicable publication type from the drop-down menu.

Once you’ve added your publications and research to your profile, they’ll be listed under your Timeline tab.

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

If you'd like to replace your publication's full-text with an updated or different one, please click the title of the publication to go to its publication page, and then follow these instructions:

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

The full-text version is now removed; however, the title and abstract of the publication will still remain on your profile.

 Why aren't all my citations/references on ResearchGate?

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.  

 Following publications

You can follow publications by going to the publication's ResearchGate page, and clicking on Follow Publication at the top right of the page. This will help you stay up to date with any updates to this paper.

You can view your list of followed publications by going to your profile and scrolling down to Followed Publications on the right-hand side, underneath your list of Followers. You can also unfollow publications from here.

 The journal I published in is missing

ResearchGate’s database is updated by the community and the ResearchGate team working together. The best way to ensure a missing journal is added to the database is to contact RG Community Support with the journal’s web page and ISSN.

We include journals in our routine updates, so there may be a short delay before your journal is added to the database.

 Why is the Impact Factor no longer displayed?

We no longer display journal metrics, like the impact factor, as they don't provide a reliable indication of the quality of any individual article or researcher published in the journal. Instead, we show your H-index and RG score, which take your individual contributions into account. We are also looking into improving these publication and author-level metrics in order to better represent exactly how influential your research is.

 I've found an instance of plagiarism, what do I do?

For plagiarism concerns, we suggest you get in touch with the publisher of your article and have them file a DMCA-compliant notice. They hold the relevant rights to do so. We act expeditiously to remove or disable access to any infringing material upon such formalized notice.

ResearchGate is a service provider and therefore a neutral entity that only ‘reports’ on what has been published elsewhere. This means that we have neither the authority nor the capacity to judge on questions regarding plagiarism.

You can find out more about our stance towards plagiarism in our Terms and Conditions: