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ResearchGate makes it easy for you to add your publications as well as your unpublished work to your profile. Once you’ve added your publications and research to your profile, they’ll be listed under your Contributions tab.

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

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 if you wish.

You can add all kinds of research to ResearchGate, including conference papers, raw data, or even negative results. Adding a variety of research is a great way to gain exposure. 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 select the type and go to the Manual entry tab
  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 ensure that you have the right to upload any file to ResearchGate before doing so. For more information see Am I allowed to share my research on ResearchGate?

If the research you wish 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. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for you to change this date later. 

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


To make your privately stored full-text public:

  1. Go to your Contributions tab
  2. Click Upload full-text underneath the title of the research item
  3. Choose Share publicly
  4. Select the option to upload the stored research item
  5. Review the upload conditions
  6. Click Upload.

Note: You must always ensure that you have the right to upload any file to ResearchGate before doing so. For more information see Am I allowed to share my research on ResearchGate?

How do I add my journal articles to my profile?  


Many of your publications may already be listed in our database. We group all publications in our database by the author using a name-matching algorithm. To quickly and easily add your publications to your profile using our name-matching algorithm, simply go to your profile and follow these steps:

  1. Click the Add new button at the top right-hand corner of any ResearchGate page
  2. Select Published research and then Article
  3. Select Author match at the top of the dialog box that appears
  4. Confirm authorship of your research by clicking Yes next to any articles displayed that you authored
  5. Click Save to add your publications to your profile.

Note: If you’re having trouble finding your published research, you can also use the search tab.

You can also manually add journal articles to your profile by following these steps:

  1. Click the Add new button at the top right-hand corner of any ResearchGate page
  2. Select Published research and then Article
  3. Select the Manual entry tab
  4. Enter the title of your journal article or upload the full-text to manually add it to your profile
  5. Click Continue
  6. Enter the details about the journal article
  7. Click Finish to add the article to your profile.

Note: You must always ensure that you have the right to upload a full-text of your article before doing so. For more information see Am I allowed to share my research on ResearchGate?

Tip: If you’re using the Manual entry feature to add a journal article, it’s best to use the journal drop-down menu to ensure your article is correctly linked to its journal page on ResearchGate. To do this, start typing the journal name or ISSN in the Journal field and select it from our list of suggestions.

How do I add supplementary resources to my publication pages? 


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

  1. Go to your Contributions tab
  2. Scroll down to the research item you would like to add supplementary resources to
  3. Select Add 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.

Can I add several publications to my profile at once?


Yes. You can add several publications to your profile at once using our Reference manager tool. This tool lets you upload BibTex, RIS, MODS, RefWorks, Refer/BiblX, Dblp, and XML files containing the details of a group of publications you authored. To do so:

  1. Click the Add new button at the top right-hand corner of any ResearchGate page
  2. Select Published research and then Article
  3. Select the Reference manager tab
  4. Drag and drop your file or click Select file to find and upload it. 

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 publications once I've added them to my profile? 


Once you’ve added or confirmed authorship of your publications, they’re listed under the Contributions tab on your profile. You have the ability to filter your Contributions by type (e.g. Projects, Research, Question) using the menu on the right-hand side. If you have made any full-texts publicly available, you will also have the option to filter your research by 'Full-texts'. 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. These changes aren’t saved, so your research will be sorted by newest when you next visit this page.    


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 not yet claimed and added to your profile.  If there’s already an existing publication page for your publication, it may have been created by a coauthor, or by ResearchGate using publicly available information. Proprietary content generally appears on ResearchGate only 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 coauthors. You can identify the name of the uploader by going to the publication page for the content and looking just above the full-text. If you have concerns that your coauthors may have improperly made full-texts available, you may wish to contact 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











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