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Understanding the Terminology

Discovering and requesting research

How to add research

Adding and removing figures

Discovering research

Research statsResearchGate DOIs

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Am I allowed to upload and publicly display content I authored on ResearchGate?

It is not possible for ResearchGate to specifically answer this question, but we can provide some general information which we hope will be helpful. Your ability to make content public depends upon the rights you hold in the content. If you have published your content in a journal or book, your rights are likely governed by a license agreement between you and the publisher. There are thousands of journals and they each have their own form of license. We are not privy to any them.

Your right to publicly share content may depend upon the version of the content you want to upload. Some journals allow publication of non-final versions, such as drafts, pre-prints, and Accepted Manuscripts, but many restrict publication of final versions, sometimes called the Version of Record (“VOR”).

Some versions of content may be subject to embargo periods imposed by the publisher. This means that after a certain period of time has passed since publication, you may be able to self-archive the content or otherwise make it publicly available.

Other content is subject to Open Access licenses. Such content is often subject to much more liberal rules regarding publication but may still have certain restrictions. 

Your starting point for understanding any of your options and rights is the agreement you have with your publisher or other rights owner. Read it carefully to determine what rules apply to your content. Many publishers also issue helpful guidelines about their sharing policies and how their content can be used. If you’re unsure about what you’re allowed to share on ResearchGate, we recommend that you get in touch with them first.

Am I allowed to privately store content on ResearchGate?

On ResearchGate, it is possible to upload content for private storage only. In this case, the content will be available only to you and your co-authors. Even if you're not permitted to publicly share a full-text version of your publication, you may be permitted to store full-texts privately for your own use. Again, we recommend that you always fully investigate and confirm that you have sufficient rights to privately store any content before doing so.

Am I allowed to privately share my content with others?Who can see content I upload to ResearchGate? 

ResearchGate enables members to share content privately with others. No sharing of content happens automatically. Each author must independently assess whether they have a right to share particular content with a particular person before doing so. Some publishers have specific policies that allow a certain amount of private sharing within certain confines. However, you must check your license or contact your publisher to determine the precise restrictions that apply to you and your content.

Who can see content I upload to ResearchGate? 

When you upload content to ResearchGate, you can choose to make it publicly available or to store it privately. Publicly available content can be viewed by anyone, regardless of whether they are registered for ResearchGate or whether they are logged in to ResearchGate. If you choose to store your content privately, it will only be visible to you and your coauthors.  

Is it safe to share my unpublished work on ResearchGate?

By uploading and publicly displaying your work on ResearchGate you are making it publicly available to all users of ResearchGate – both logged-in members and logged-out users. ResearchGate does not require you to relinquish any rights that you may have in that work. For some types of content, ResearchGate enables you to select a particular license which will apply to your content. For example, you may choose to make your content available subject to a Creative Commons license. If you are planning to eventually publish your work we recommend that you determine whether pre-publication may affect your ability to have your content later accepted for publication.

If my article is freely available elsewhere online, does that mean I can share it freely on ResearchGate? 

Just because your article is freely available elsewhere online, doesn’t necessarily mean you have the rights to share it on ResearchGate. You’ll still need to make an independent assessment about whether you have sufficient rights to publicly or privately share the content on ResearchGate before you do so.  

Instead of uploading my full-text, can I post a link to another location where it is available online? 

There's no place on a publication page to include a link redirecting the reader to the journal's or publisher’s own page, as that's not something that we generally allow or encourage on ResearchGate. 

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ResearchGate makes it easy for you to add your publications as well as your unpublished work to your profile. There are two ways to add research to your profile.

  1. Confirm authorship of a publication that already exists on ResearchGate
  2. Create a publication page for your research that's not yet on ResearchGate

You'll find clear instructions on both methods of adding research below. Once you’ve added your publications and research to your profile, they’ll be listed under your Research tab.

You can learn more about what ResearchGate is, the difference between a publication page and a full-text, and what it means to confirm authorship of a publication here.

If you have questions about whether you're allowed to share your content on ResearchGate, see the Copyright section in the Help Center. 


Why is my publication already listed on ResearchGate? 

ResearchGate’s extensive publication database is compiled using publicly available metadata from other literature databases, including repositories that contain publications with a Creative Commons license. It is also contributed to by ResearchGate members.

There may be publications on ResearchGate that you have authored but that you haven't added to your profile.  If there’s already an existing publication page for your publication, it may have been created by a co-author, or by ResearchGate using publicly available information.

In general, proprietary full-text content only appears on ResearchGate when it has been uploaded by an author. So, if there’s already a full-text of your publication available on ResearchGate, the most likely explanation is that it has been uploaded by one of your co-authors. You can identify the name of the uploader by going to the publication page and looking just above the full-text. If you have concerns that your co-authors may have improperly made full-texts available, we recommend that you try contacting them directly.

In some cases, we may make a full-text available where a publication has a Creative Commons license. If you feel that a publication has been wrongly attributed a Creative Commons license, please contact us at www.researchgate.net/contact

How do I confirm authorship of my publications to add them to my profile?  

As explained above, many of your publications may already be listed in our database. We group all publications in our database by author using a name-matching algorithm. To quickly and easily add the publications we've matched to you to your profile, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to the publication page of a research item you authored
  2. Click on your name below the title of the research item to visit your scientific contributions page
  3. Click the blue button starting with Are you... at the top right-hand corner to add the listed publications to your profile.

To add one research item that you authored to your profile:

  1. Go to the research item's publication page 
  2. Click the More button underneath the stats on the right-hand side
  3. Select Claim authorship - is this your work? from the drop-down menu.

You will then be able to find the research item listed on the Research tab on your profile.


Note: If you’re having trouble finding your published research, you can try using the search box at the top of any ResearchGate page.


How do I create a publication page? 

ResearchGate members can create publication pages for their content. If you create a publication page for your work, you are completely in control of it. You can edit it at any time, add or remove a full-text, or delete the page entirely.

You can add all kinds of work to ResearchGate, such as conference papers, preprints, or even negative results. Adding a variety of research is a great way to gain exposure for your work. More exposure leads to more feedback, collaboration, and sharing amongst experts.

To add a publication page to your profile:

  1. Click the Add new button at the top right-hand corner of any ResearchGate page
  2. For published work, select Published research and then the publication type
  3. For unpublished work, select the most applicable type of research from the options shown
  4. Follow the steps for the specific type of research you choose.

Note: When creating a publication page for some types of research (e.g. code), you are required to add a file. You must always make sure that you have the right to upload any file to ResearchGate before doing so. You can find more information about this in the Copyright section in the Help Center.

If the research you want to add does not fit into one of the available categories, you can still add it by selecting Published research and then clicking the blue Add new format button at the bottom of the list. Research in this category will be labeled as Research and automatically assigned the upload date. Please be aware that it’s not possible for you to change this date later. 


How do I add my co-authors to my publication?

When creating a publication, you can add your co-authors' names to the publication list. In some cases, you can automatically add your publication to your co-authors' profiles, such as when adding researchers who follow you on ResearchGate, who are already listed as your co-author, or who are members of the same institution as you on ResearchGate. In these cases, your co-author's name will be automatically suggested once you start typing, and if they have a profile picture, it will appear on the publication page.

You can still add co-authors that do not fall into these categories, but your publication will not be automatically be added to their profile and if you hover over their name on the publication page, you'll see the message 'Not yet on ResearchGate or hasn't claimed this research yet'. In order to claim authorship of the publication, your colleague will need to click on their name below the publication title or click on the More button to the right of the title and select Claim authorship - is this your work?

If your colleague has not yet claimed authorship of their publication, you can bring this to their attention by using the Share feature. To do so, go to the publication page, then click the blue Share button underneath the stats. Choose Share as a message, start typing your colleague's name, select the correct suggestion from the list when it appears, and then click Share, or Add message if you'd like to include a note before you share.


How do I add a full-text to my publication page?

Here’s how you can add a full-text to your research item’s publication page:

  1. Go to your research item's page
  2. Click the blue Add full-text button in the top right-hand corner
  3. Choose from either Add full-text publicly or Store full-text privately
  4. Select and upload your file
  5. Review and agree to the upload conditions
  6. If you’re sharing publicly, decide whether you also wish to store a private copy
  7. Click Upload.

Note: You must always ensure that you have the right to upload any content to ResearchGate before doing so. For more information see the Copyright section in the Help Center. 

How do I make my privately stored full-text public?

To make a single privately stored full-text public:

  1. Go to your Research tab
  2. Click Add full-text underneath the title of the research item
  3. Select Review private full-text

  4. Review the upload conditions

  5. Click Make publicly available.


If you want to review and manage all of the full-text files you added:

  1. Go to the Research tab on your profile
  2. Click the Manage file visibility option underneath Research items from the menu on the left-hand side. This page shows you any of your research items that have public or private full-texts added by you. 
  3. Find the research item you wish to update, and click Change who can see this next to the appropriate full-text file
  4. To make the full-text file publicly available, select Show file publicly and click Next. 
  5. Review and agree to the upload conditions
  6. Click Make file public


Note: You must always make sure you have the right to upload any content to ResearchGate before doing so. For more information see the Copyright section in the Help Center. 


How do I add supplementary resources to my publication page? 

You can add supplementary resources to your publication pages, such as datasets, raw data, negative results, and supplementary figures. To do so:

  1. Go to your Research tab
  2. Scroll down to the research item you would like to add supplementary resources to
  3. Select Add supplementary resources underneath the research item’s title
  4. Either Drag and drop files into the grey box or click Select files to upload your resources
  5. Edit the title and authors if needed
  6. Tag your resources with topics if you wish
  7. Click Finish to add the resources.

Once added, the file will show up as linked research on the publication page that you added it to but will be hosted on its own separate publication page.

Note: You must always make sure that you have the right to upload any content to ResearchGate before doing so. For more information see the Copyright section in the Help Center. 


Can I add publications in languages other than English?

Yes! You’re welcome to add publications in any language to your profile. 


Where can I find my research items once I've added them to my profile? 

Once you’ve added or confirmed authorship of your research items, they’re listed under the Research tab on your profile. You have the ability to filter your research by type (e.g. Projects, Research, Question) using the menu on the left-hand side. If you select ‘Research’ you can sort your research by newest, oldest, recently added, or title using the ‘Sorted by’ drop-down menu at the top of the list. If any of your research items have publicly available full-texts, you will also have the option to filter your research by 'Full-texts'.  Within that filter, any research items that have a publicly available full-text added by you will have a green message above the title that says ‘You added a full-text to this item’.


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