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The RG Score is a metric that measures scientific reputation based on how all of your work is received by your peers. We believe that fellow researchers are the best judges of each other's work, and that all your research, published or not, deserves credit. With this in mind, your RG Score is based on how both your published research and contributions to ResearchGate are received by your peers.

A contribution is anything you share on ResearchGate or add to your profile, from published papers and questions and answers, to negative results and raw data. Our algorithm looks at how your peers receive and evaluate your contributions and who these peers are. This means that the higher the scores of those who interact with your research, the more your own score will increase. 

In contrast to more traditional metrics, the RG Score focuses on you, an ever-growing community of specialists, and puts reputation back into the hands of researchers. 

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The h-index is a simple way to measure the impact of your work and other peoples' research. It does this by looking at the number of highly impactful publications a researcher has published. The higher the number of cited publications, the higher the h-index, regardless of which journal the work was published in.


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titleHow is the h-index calculated on ResearchGate?

The h-index is calculated based on 2 bits of information: the total number of papers published (Np) and the number of citations (Nc) for each paper. It is defined by how many h of a researcher’s publications (Np) have at least h citations each.This means that if you have 1 publication with at least 1 citation, your h-index is 1, if you have 2 publications with at least 2 citations each, your h-index would be 2, and so on. 

On ResearchGate, you'll see two separate h-indices displayed for each author. The first metric is an h-index that includes self-citations. The second h-index displayed excludes self-citations so that anyone looking at the numbers can compare them and quickly gauge whether other authors are paying attention to a researcher's work.

Please note: The h-index takes into account only citations of your work from scientific literature, reflecting impact in the scientific community. Furthermore, it is calculated based on the publications in your profile. You can help us make sure your h-index accurately represents your impact by adding all of your work to your profile.


titleHow do I improve my h-index?

You can make sure that you have the highest possible h-index for your research by making sure that you add all of your work on ResearchGate. It is especially important to make sure that all of your publications that have been cited are on your profile to help improve your h-index. However, adding other work that hasn't yet been cited or has only been cited infrequently is a great way to create exposure for it, leading to more citations.  

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titleWhy does my RG Score decrease?

As it is a dynamic score, such fluctuations are normal. Please note that the RG score is a relative score. This means that it takes the scores and interactions of every researcher into account when producing a relative rating of your contributions. For example, if your contributions are less than the average of all users that week, your RG Score could decrease or remain constant.

titleWhy can't I see my RG Score on my profile?

Your RG Score will be activated when it reaches 1. Only then will it be visible to other researchers. If you've just signed up and confirmed authorship of a significant number of publications, your RG Score will likely become visible with the next weekly update.

titleWhy is my RG Score not changing?

It is recalculated once per week, so depending on your interactions and the content you have added to your profile, it is likely that your new score will appear with the next update. 

Asking questions, providing helpful answers, or adding data and figures are all good ways to improve your RG Score. If your peers think it's worthwhile, they will likely give you feedback, which will affect your score. By connecting with other researchers and contributing high-quality content, your score will increase. Please also make sure that any articles published in journals are correctly linked to the journal they were published in. See Editing publications for more information about linking your publications to their journals.

titleHow does the RG Score account for quality?

The RG Score is based on what your peers think of your work. Low-quality contributions won't attract positive feedback and recognition from the rest of the community, so they won't contribute to a researcher's score in any significant way. With this in mind, we've given you the ability to downvote and flag any contribution that doesn't reach the standards upheld by the rest of the community. We'll be introducing more ways for you to point out these contributions in the near future.

titleCan I turn off my RG Score?

The RG Score is a metric that measures scientific reputation based on how all of your research is received by your peers. As an integral feature of ResearchGate, it can't be turned off or hidden. We are constantly working on ways to improve the RG Score to reflect your needs as a researcher. 

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RG Reach is a way to gauge the visibility of your work on ResearchGate. It shows you how many unique researchers can get notified when you add new research. The total reach is calculated by adding the number of direct connections you have to the number of people connected to your work through your co-authors and project collaborators. 

The higher your reach, the more visible your work will be to others on ResearchGate. Having a higher reach helps you get more reads and citations for your publications and projects. 

No, reach shows you the total number of researchers who may be notified as soon as you add new work. However, there are many other ways that people beyond your direct and indirect networks can discover your research. Some other ways people can discover your work is when we recommend your research to them based on their skills and interests, or when they find your work by browsing citations and references. 

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titleHow is my direct reach calculated?

Your direct reach is calculated based on the number of unique people directly connected to you. This means that someone who is both a co-author and one of your project collaborators will only be counted once. 

Here's who is included in the calculation:

  • Your co-authors
  • Researchers who follow you
  • Your project collaborators
  • Researchers who follow your projects
titleHow is my indirect reach calculated?

Your indirect reach is calculated based on the number of unique researchers who may be notified when you add new research or update your existing work. It shows the number of people connected to your work through your co-authors and project collaborators.

Here's who's included in the calculation:

  • People who follow your co-authors
  • People who follow your project collaborators
titleHow can I improve my RG Reach?

Here's the best way to maximize your reach: 

  • Add your collaborators to projects you're working on together
  • Make sure your co-authors have claimed the work you authored together 
  • Invite your co-authors and collaborators who aren't on ResearchGate yet 

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Stats on ResearchGate help to show that your work matters. 

By giving you a range of insights and information, your stats are a great way to understand the wider impact of your work and track your achievements. On ResearchGate you can also see the people behind the stats, giving you the opportunity to find out more about the people interested in your work and even connect with them. 

See who's interested in your work

Stats are not just about numbers: they also represent actual researchers who are interacting with and learning from your research. On your Stats tab, you can see the profiles of your readers (provided that you've both chosen reader visibility settings that show authors when you've read their research), as well as the researchers citing and recommending your work. And you'll get demographic information about your audience by country, institution, seniority, and discipline. 

Understand the bigger picture

Your Stats tab provides a range of metrics to help you get a comprehensive overview of the impact of your work.

The Research Interest Score combines, reads, recommendations, and citations to give you a convenient way to help track the impact of your work within the scientific community. You can look at other people's scores to get an idea of their impact too. 

We show you citations of your work to give you a more detailed way to understand and track how your work is being referenced by others. You can also see your h-index, which gives you an idea of your impact based on your citations in relation to your publishing activity.

The time it takes for researchers to finally start citing your work can be long — anywhere between several months to several years. This is why reads are a great way to see early interest in your work by both ResearchGate members and non-members. You can also see which of your publications are read the most each week. 

Recommendations by other ResearchGate members give you an idea of the relevance of your work and tell you that people find your work useful.

Mentions show you where your work has been talked about online, outside of ResearchGate — such as on blogs, news sites, and Twitter. 

Keep up with your stats each week

We provide you with a weekly stats report to help you keep track of your impact. You can access your report directly from your Stats tab – we also notify you each week as soon as your report is ready.

Celebrate your success

We think it's important to stop and enjoy your achievements, which is why we notify you when you reach certain milestones for your stats. It's also easy for you to share your achievements with others via social media, so they can help celebrate your accomplishments with you.  

You can get an overview of your stats on your stats page.