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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. 

What is a publication page and what is a full-text? 

A publication page on ResearchGate shows information about the publication. For an article, for example, it may show the title, authors, publication dates, abstract, etc. These pages may also include the full-text of the content displayed. 

A full-text on ResearchGate is the full, readable version of the whole publication. Full-texts are usually uploaded directly by the author. 


How are publication pages created?

Many publication pages are created by ResearchGate using publicly available metadata. If you are an author and have claimed the publication, you can change the information on the page, such as the publication type, authors, and date. You can't, however, delete the page from ResearchGate entirely. 

ResearchGate members can also create publication pages for their content. If you create a publication page for your work, you are completely in control of it. You can edit it at any time, add the full-text, or delete the page entirely if you wish. 

To add a publication page to your profile:

  1. Click Add new at the top right-hand corner of any page
  2. Select Published research from the options shown
  3. Choose from the type of research you want to add
  4. Follow the steps for the specific type of research you choose.

Please note: We ask that you always make sure that you have sufficient rights before you upload a full-text to any of your publication pages. 

What is private storage? 

When you upload a full-text, you have the option to upload it for your own private use and for the use of your co-authors of that publication. This content will only be visible and accessible to you and your co-authors. If you choose to privately share content with someone who requests it, you can then send them a copy of the privately stored version. 

Please note: Please always make sure that you have sufficient rights to share private copies before doing so.


Top questions


 I’ve found a duplicate publication

ResearchGate automatically merges publications where all information is identical, including title, date of publication, author list, and journal. Please note that if you have added both of the publications yourself or if the publication information is not identical in every way, they will not be merged automatically. Additionally, if one of the publications has a DOI, or both publications have different DOIs, we also don't merge them automatically. 

Here’s how to report a duplicate publication:

1. Go to your Contributions tab 

2. Scroll down to the research item that is a duplicate

3. Click on the downward-facing blue arrow at the bottom of the item next to the Add resources link

4. Select Report Issue from the options in the drop-down

5: Select This is a duplicate of another item in my profile and click Continue

6. In the box that appears, select which item you would like to merge or search for it if you don't see it on the list (you can pick more than one item if necessary)

7. Click Continue.

Please note: It can take up to 72 hours for the publications to be merged. 

If you have duplicates and prefer to delete one of them, simply do so by following our instructions on Editing and deleting research

 How do I remove publications from my profile?

To remove a research item from the Contributions tab:

  1. Go to your Contributions tab
  2. Scroll down to the research item
  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 didn't create the publication page, you will not have the option to remove it from ResearchGate entirely. You can, however, remove it from your profile.


 How do I edit my publication’s details?

Please note: Research items 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 item's ResearchGate page by clicking on the title of the research
2. Click on the blue arrow to the right of the title 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 arrow below the title to the right of Add resources and select Edit from the drop-down list.
2. Make the necessary changes
3. Click Save.

Please note: Certain types of publications cannot be changed to other types, like Data, 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 pageand 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 Contributions tab.

 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 research item.

Your Research interests tab in your profile is the place for all the publications, projects, and questions you want to keep up with or come back to later. So whenever you follow any work on ResearchGate, you'll find it in your interests tab. Note: Your interests are public and are visible to anyone viewing your profile.

You can also discover relevant content for your work by checking out other researchers' Research interests.

 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 takes 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:

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