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Reads is a simple metric to show you exactly how often your work and other people’s publications are accessed online, in real time.

You can find out how many Reads your publications on ResearchGate are getting each week, which of your publications are getting the most reads, and which institutions and countries your reads are coming from.

The reads breakdown shows you how people are reading your work, and if the researcher permits it, you'll also be able to see exactly who has read your work. This offers a unique opportunity to connect with peers who are interested in your research. 

How are reads calculated?

read is counted when somebody:

  • Reads the full-text or summary of any type of research (e.g., journal article, conference paper, dataset) on ResearchGate
  • Downloads a file hosted on ResearchGate, including direct downloads from Google Scholar and other search engines

Reads are counted from both logged in ResearchGate members and logged out readers.

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.

We're continuously working on improving our ability to detect different sources of artificial traffic to make sure we show you accurate metrics. Please get in touch if you notice anything unusual with your stats.

What is the reads breakdown?

 

The interactive pie chart on your stats page under the section titled Reads breakdown gives you a simple way to see how people are reading your work. There are five types of reads that are presented in the reads breakdown: On-page reads, Summary reads, Private sharesFile downloads, and Figure reads. You can hover your mouse over each of the sections on the pie chart to see more details for each type of read.

 

What are the types of reads in the reads breakdown exactly? 

There are five kinds of reads that can be displayed in the reads breakdown.

On-page reads are counted when a researcher reads a publication on its ResearchGate page.

Summary reads are counted when a publication that is accessed only has metadata available, such as the title, abstract, and list of authors.

Private shares are counted when a researcher downloads a publication after receiving it via the Request full-text button on ResearchGate.

File downloads includes cases when a researcher downloads a publication hosted on ResearchGate, such as from a publication's ResearchGate page, or from a scholarly search engine such as Google Scholar.

Figure reads are counted someone reads a publication's figures directly from its ResearchGate page or directly from the home feed. 

 

We're continuously working on improving our ability to detect different sources of artificial traffic to make sure we show you accurate metrics. Please get in touch if you notice anything unusual with your stats.

Why have my stats decreased?

Your stats and those of others have decreased because we’ve been working extensively to give you a more accurate picture of the attention your research is getting online.

As part of this, we’ve removed traffic from artificial sources from our members’ stats. This means that visits by automated programs like crawlers and bots, which remotely load pages and download content to retrieve information, aren’t counted. Reads also aren’t counted when you access one of your own publications.

We're continuously working on detecting unusual patterns of activity that could skew your stats. Please get back in touch if you notice anything unusual — we appreciate your feedback.