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Profile information and visibility

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Updates, Requests and MessagesRequests and Messages

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Updates inform you about new followers, new publications of yours added by your co-authors, comments on your publications, answers to questions you asked or followed, and much more. Clicking on the update takes you directly to the new content, so you can instantly see who is interacting with your research and how. 

Image ModifiedMessages are where you can find private messages either sent to you or sent by you. 

Sending a private message

There are


a couple of ways to send private messages to other members on ResearchGate




you’re following

you follow the researcher


you're like to message

, click


  1. Click on the envelope icon
  1. at the top right-hand side of
the screen
  1. any page, then select
View all. To send a private message, click on the Message button
  1.  Send message at the top right-hand
side and enter the name of the researcher you'd like to contact.You can also go
  1. corner of the dropdown menu. 
  2. Or go to the profile page of the researcher you'd like to message and click the
blue Message button in the top
  1. blue Message button on the right-hand
corner of the page
  1. side.

If you're not following the researcher you'd like to message, you can go to their profile page and click

on their Info tab. In


bottom right-hand corner, you'll see a white Send message button. Click there to compose a

white Message button to compose your message.

Note: Private messages are only visible to the sender and recipient. 

Archiving conversations

 It's not currently possible to delete a private message. You can however archive them You can move a message from your inbox to your archive folder by going to your message inbox by clicking on the envelope icon at the top of any ResearchGate page. Select the message you would like to delete move and click Archive conversation.

To reverse this process, filter your messages by Archived, click on the message you want to recover and click Unarchive conversation.



How do I delete my private messages?

To delete a private message, go to your message inbox by clicking on the envelope icon Image Addedat the top of any ResearchGate page. Select the message you would like to delete and then click More underneath the message and select 'Delete conversation.'

Image Modified Requests contains contain all FeedbackFull-textAuthorSkills and other types of requests. These generally require some kind of answer or confirmation.


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How do I respond to full-text requests?

For more information about To send a full-text requests in general, see: Full-texts

How do I request feedback for my publications?

To request feedback for one of your publications:

  1. Go to the publication you want feedback on by clicking on it's title
  2. Click on the down arrow next to Share and select Request feedback
  3. Confirm by clicking on Request feedback

Why am I getting feedback requests?

Feedback requests come from other researchers in your network who request feedback for their publications. These are sent to all researchers in their network.

How do I respond to a feedback request?

To respond to a feedback request, click on Give feedback. You'll be redirected to the comments section where you can leave your feedback. For information on commenting, see: Commenting and highlighting

How do I ignore a feedback request?

To ignore a feedback request:

  • Go to your requests by clicking on the speech bubble icon, and then click View all
  • Click on the request you want to ignore
  • Click Ignore.

    that has been requested:

    1. Click on the speech bubble icon at the top-right of any ResearchGate page. Find the request you want to fulfill in the drop-down menu and click 'View request'. You can also click 'Decline request' if you wish to remove the request completely. If you do not see the request you want to respond to, go to your requests page at or by clicking 'View all' at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
    2. On your requests page, you can manage all of your old and new requests. Click on the request you want to fulfill, and then click on the blue 'View request' button.
    3. A dialog box will appear with two options:
      1. Decline request
      2. Respond to...
    4. If you choose 'Decline request', the full-text request will disappear from your requests.
    5. If you choose 'Respond to...', a new box will appear. If a privately stored copy of the full-text is available on ResearchGate, you can choose the version of the stored publication you wish to upload and select 'Share this full-text'. Alternatively, there is an option to 'Share different full-text', in which case you can select a file from your computer. Once you have selected an option, the 'Upload' button will be highlighted to finish. Please note that if you decide to ‘Share publicly’, the full-text will be visible to everyone. If there is no privately stored copy of the full-text available on ResearchGate, you will see two options. Select 'I have a full-text I can share' and you will have the option to add a public full-text, or to send a full-text as a private message.  If you select 'I don't have a full-text I can share', you can choose to send a message to the researcher who requested the full-text from you.
    6. If you choose to send the full-text to the requester only, select 'Send privately'. As above, if there is a privately stored copy of the full-text available on ResearchGate, you can choose the version of the stored publication that you wish to send. Alternatively, you can select a file from your computer. Add a message if you choose and then click 'Send'.

    Please always remember to fully investigate and confirm that you have sufficient rights to publicly or privately share particular content before you do so. As we do not have any information about rights you may hold, or any license terms or other restrictions which might apply to content, we necessarily rely on you to understand your rights and act accordingly. For further information, please see our Intellectual Property Policy:

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