How do I report to ResearchGate that a researcher has passed away?
If you know a researcher who has recently passed away, please contact us and include the following details:
- The name of the researcher
- The URL of their ResearchGate profile
- A link to their obituary and/or notice on their institutional page.
As soon as we can confirm the report we will remove the researcher’s personal contact information from their profile and prevent them from appearing in notification emails you and your colleagues may receive in the future. You might still see them appearing in your notification emails if their work is published after their passing.
What happens to the ResearchGate profile of a deceased researcher?
Once we confirm the report we receive via our contact form, we will make a few changes to the deceased researcher’s profile.
We deactivate all notifications being sent to the email address of the deceased and stop pending invitations going out in their name. Additionally, we remove all sensitive contact information from their profiles so that it is not publicly visible. Other researchers will still be able to follow, download and view their work, and see their answers in Q&A.