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Profile information and visibility

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How do I view my profile?

Once you’ve logged in to ResearchGate, click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner of any page. 

Changing your account name

You can

change the name associated with your account

edit your name in a few easy steps:

  1. Go to
your Profile Settings page
  1. your profile and click on Edit next to your name 
  2. Click on the Edit
name button below Name informationUpdate your name information in
  1.  name button at the bottom of the box that appears
  1. Update your name and click Save to confirm your changes.


Due to

For security reasons, you can only change your name three times within a 30-day period.

How do I change my profile's URL?

Your ResearchGate profile's URL is generated automatically from the name on your profile, so we cannot manually edit it for you. However, If the original account with your name no longer exists, you can reuse this URL by editing your name.

Changing your profile photo

You can easily add, update or remove your profile photo. 

How much information is visible on my profile?

ResearchGate gives you the option to choose how much of your information is

displayed – both

displayed — both publicly and to other ResearchGate members. To customize who sees what, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  1. your Privacy Settings
  2. Select the drop-down menu
underneath Research data
  1. underneath the About you section
  2. Choose who can see your
research data

Is my ResearchGate profile visible to search engines?

  1. profile information by selecting Mutual followersResearchGate members (including recruiters), or Everyone
  • Click Save to confirm your changes. 
    1. Your changes will be automatically updated.

    Your public page is automatically enabled when you sign up to ResearchGate. You can change the visibility of your public page is automatically enabled, so most of your profile information will be visible to search engines. To manage your public page:

    1. Go to your Privacy Settings
    2. Choose whether you want to enable or disable your public page
    3. You can also choose whether your profile photo and questions and answers are displayed on your public page
    4. Click Save to confirm your changes. 
    Why can't I find my profile while searching?

    by following these steps:

    1. Go to your Privacy Settings
    2. If you would like to enable your public profile, tick the box next to Enable your public profile
    3. Your changes will be automatically updated.

    Will my profile show up in search engines?

    To make your profile page visible on search engines, you will need to select two options in your Privacy Settings following these steps:

    1. Go to your Privacy Settings
    2. Select Everyone from the drop-down options under About you
    3. Tick the box next to Enable your public page
    4. Your changes will be automatically updated.

    Note that disabling your public page does not prevent your research from being indexed on search engines.

    Searching for your profile

    Your own profile doesn't show up in search results while you are logged in logged in because you can easily reach your profile by clicking on your profile photo at the top right-hand corner of every ResearchGate page. Your profile will always be searchable for other researchers unless other ResearchGate members. Unless you have chosen to make your profile private in your your Privacy Settings

    How do I add my ORCID number to my profile?

    , your profile will also be searchable by non-members.

    Adding your ORCID iD to your profile

    You can add your unique ORCID researcher identifier to your ResearchGate profile.

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Add ORCID.
    1. Go to your
    Profile and click on the Info tab.
    1.  profile and scroll down to the Memberships and ORCiD section
    2. Click on Add your memberships and ORCID iD or on Edit
    3. Fill in your ORCID
    1. iD and
    1. click Save.

    Updating your contact details

    Your contact details help researchers connect with you outside of ResearchGate.

    Add contact details

    You can add links to your Twitter profile and website by following these steps:

    1. Go to your
    profile’s Info tab
    1.  profile and scroll down to the 
    Contact section and click to edit each section
    1. About me section
    2. Click on Add your contact information or on Edit
    3. Update your contact details and click Save to confirm the changes.

    Note: Only your mutual followers can see your contact details. To find out more visit


    your Privacy Settings


     or read


    our Statement on Privacy and Data Protection

    Adding a professional or institutional website to your profile

    You have the option of displaying a professional or institutional website on your profile page. Here’s how you can do this:

    1. Go to your profile’s Info tab
    2. Scroll down to the Contact section
    3. Click on Add your Website
    4. Type in your website URL
    5. Click Save to confirm your changes. 

    How do I include Twitter, Skype, and IM accounts on my ResearchGate profile?

    You can add your Twitter, Skype, and Instant Messenger contact to your profile in a few easy steps:

    1. Go to your profile’s Info tab
    2. Scroll down to the Contact section
    3. Click the heading you want to update
    4. Type in your contact details and click Save to confirm your changes. 

    Changing your login email address

    It is possible to use a deactivated email address to log


    in to your ResearchGate account as long as you can remember the password. This is how you can change the email address associated with your ResearchGate account:

    1. Log in to ResearchGate using your current login email address
    1. Click the downward-facing arrow at the top right-hand side of any page
    3. Click 
    1. Click Settings and then Account settings on the right-hand side
    4. Under 
    1. Under Email address, click Add additional email
    1. Type in the email address you want to use as your login email
    6. Click 
    1. Click Save
    1. A confirmation email will be sent to your new email address. Click the link in this email to complete the verification process. If you have requested the confirmation email multiple times, please note only the latest link will be active
    1. Then go back to
    1. your Account Settings
    1. Click
    1. the Set as primary button next to the email address you've just added to make it the primary email address for your ResearchGate account.

    Please remember – This is the email address you'll use when you next log in to ResearchGate.


    Adding or updating your


    affiliations, education, grants and


    awards, and memberships

    To add or update information about your professional experience, go to


    your profile

    's Info tab

    . You can


    edit your


    affiliations, education, and achievements by clicking

    on each heading and filling in the relevant information.

    Can I export my profile information as a CV?

    Our CV exporter is located on your profile's Overview tab. Simply scroll down to the bottom right-hand side of the page, and click the Export your profile as a CV button. This will enable you to download a Microsoft Word version of your profile in the form of a CV.

    Note: To ensure your CV is comprehensive, fill out your ResearchGate profile in as much detail as possible. Your Featured Publications will appear at the top of your CV’s Publication list. 

    in the blank area of each section or on Edit in each section's header.

    Importing your CV to your profile

    Currently, it’s it's not possible to upload your CV to your ResearchGate profile, but other options are available. For example, you can add most of the information contained in your CV to your your profile from your Info tab, including skills, experienceaffiliations, education, awards, and achievements.

    You also have the opportunity to upload the publications listed on your CV using our Reference Manager tool, as long as they are put into BibTeX, XML, EndNote, or RIS files.


    To embed a ‘Follow me on ResearchGate’ badge on your website, go to your profile’s Info tab. On the bottom right-hand side, you’ll see five ‘Share profile’ buttons. Click the RG logo, then copy the badge link to use on your website.

    Check out our Developer page for more ways to add ResearchGate data to your website:

    Shared connections

    Where can I find shared connections?

    When you’re visiting someone’s profile, you’ll now be able to see your shared connections.

    How can shared connections help me?

    One of the best ways on ResearchGate to understand how relevant a researcher is to your work and whether you’d like to connect is through your shared connections – the more people you have in common, the more likely it is that you’re part of a professional community. 

    How are shared connections calculated?

    We consider your co-authors, advisors, lab colleagues, project collaborators, mutual followers, and department colleagues to be your connections. A shared connection is someone who is a connection to both you and the person whose profile you’re viewing.

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