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Signing up for ResearchGate

Following research

Following researchers

Recommending and sharing content

Contacting other researchers

Inviting colleagues to ResearchGate

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ResearchGate is a great place to communicate with your peers and colleagues.  You can use the private message function to keep in touch with other members, let them know what you're working on, share interesting research and findings, and even get in touch with potential collaborators. 

How do I message another researcher?

There are three ways to send private messages to other members on ResearchGate:

  1. If you’re following the researcher you’d like to message, click on the envelope icon at the top right-hand side of any page, then select View all. To send a private message, click on the blue Compose message button on the right-hand side and enter the name of the researcher you'd like to contact.
  2. Go to the profile page of the researcher you'd like to message and click the blue Message button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  3. If you're not following the researcher you'd like to message, you can go to their profile page and click on their Experience tab. In the bottom right-hand corner, you'll see a white Send message button. Click there to compose a message.

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

I'm not a member but I want to contact a researcher. Can you help me?

Due to our privacy policies, we are unable to provide you with the personal details of any researcher, nor can we forward any messages to them on your behalf. If you are a researcher and would like to sign up for a ResearchGate profile, you can do so by following this link:

You will then be able to follow other ResearchGate members or message them privately.

How do I delete my private messages?

To delete a private message, go 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 or archive then click More underneath the message and select 'Archive conversation' or 'Delete conversation.'

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