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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

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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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The Stats tab shows you in-depth stats about your research to help you measure the attention your work is getting online. You can see a historical overview of your stats in simple, interactive graphs. You’ll see how often your work has been read, cited, and recommended, and by whom. You’ll also get more information on which country and institution your readers come from, as well as which of your publications are read most each week. 

The Scores tab shows you two ways of measuring your impact as a researcher – the h-index and the RG Score. The h-index is a simple way to measure the impact of your research based on citations. And the RG Score is our very own metric that measures scientific reputation based on how both your published research and contributions


on 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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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 

titleDoes reach show the total number of researchers who can see my work?
titleWhy are some of my citations missing?

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 publication dates may not be included in your citation counts, as this is an important piece of 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, so if you notice some are missing, they may be added soon.

titleHow are reads calculated?

read is counted when somebody:

  • Views the publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors) or clicks on a figure linked to a publication.
  • Views a question or answer in Q&A, a project update, or a project page.

A read and a full-text read are counted when somebody:

  • Views or downloads a publicly available full-text file. 

To make sure reads gives you an accurate picture of the attention your research is getting, a read isn't counted when you access one of your own publications. It is also not counted when your work is accessed by an artificial traffic source.

titleWhat is the difference between a "read" and a "full-text read?"

For publication pages, a read is counted when somebody views the publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure linked to the publication (either directly on the publication page or via the home feed), or views or downloads the full-text, if there is one.

The full-text reads metric measures how many of those "reads" were from researchers viewing or downloading the full-text.

titleWhy have my publication stats changed?

We’ve introduced full-text reads to show you the level of engagement the work you’ve added on ResearchGate is receiving. Full-text reads shows how many of your "reads" come from views and downloads of your full-texts.

We're continuously working on improving our ability to detect different sources of artificial traffic to make sure we show you accurate metrics.

titleWhat citation info can I find on my stats page?

You can find out how many citations your publications on ResearchGate are getting, where they were cited, and by whom. Where possible, you will also be able to see exactly what was said about your research and view the citation in context in the publication where it was cited.

titleHow can I see who has read my research?

Researchers can decide whether they want to read research privately or publicly. This can be updated in the Privacy settings, under Your activity on ResearchGate, by selecting the box that says Publication authors can see that I have read their publications. If researchers untick this box, granting anonymity, this means that they also won't be able to see which researchers have read their publications.