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It is not possible for ResearchGate to provide you with advice about copyright or what copyright restrictions may apply to your content - if any. However, we can provide some general information which we hope will be helpful.

For starters, when thinking about copyright issues, it’s important that you understand what ResearchGate is and how it works. To find out more, we encourage you to read the answers to these frequently asked questions:

To review the publication pages where you have made a full-text publicly available:

  1. Go to your Contributions tab
  2. Select the Full-texts filter from the menu on the right-hand side.

Note: The full-texts filter only shows the publications where you have uploaded the full-text. Any publications that contain a publicly available full-text uploaded by a coauthor will not be shown in this filter.

You can showcase up to five of your research items on your ResearchGate profile by following these steps:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Scroll down to the Featured research section on the page
  3. Click the pencil icon in the top right-hand corner of the box
  4. Search for and select the research items that you want to feature
  5. Click Done.

You can edit your research item’s details by following these steps:

  1. Go to the research item’s ResearchGate page by clicking on its title 
  2. Click on the blue arrow at the top right-hand side of the page and select Edit from the drop-down list
  3. Make the necessary changes
  4. Click Save.


  1. Go to your Contributions tab and scroll down to the research item
  2. Click on the downward-facing arrow next to Add resources and select Edit
  3. Make the necessary changes
  4. Click Save.

If you’re the creator of the research item and the sole claimant, you can modify the authors instantly. Otherwise, these changes will be reviewed manually and can take a small amount of time to be processed. To edit author names:

  1. Click Edit authors when you’re in the Edit dialog
  2. Update the author information and click Request changes or Save.

Note: Certain types of research cannot be changed to another type, including data and preprints. To change the type, you will need to remove the research item and re-upload it as the correct type. Similarly, research with a ResearchGate DOI attached cannot be edited. Instead, you need to remove the research completely, re-upload it with the correct details and then generate a new DOI for it. A DOI is a unique identifier – that’s why any edits after its creation render the DOI invalid.

If no journal information is shown on your publication page, that means your article has not been attributed to the journal in which it was published. You can manually update this by following these steps:

  1. Visit the Contributions tab on your profile and scroll down to the journal article
  2. Click the downward-facing arrow next to Add resources and select Edit
  3. Start typing the name of the journal into the Journal field, or enter the ISSN slowly
  4. Select the correct journal from the suggestions that appear in the drop-down menu
  5. Click Save.

While citations using standard citation styles are usually extracted accurately on ResearchGate, there are some instances where they cannot be extracted – for example, for full-text PDFs that have been created from scanned hard copies. PDF as a format is not particularly standard, and therefore creating algorithms to extract this information is an ongoing process with varying levels of success. Citations that do not have complete metadata (publication date, journal, abstract) may not be included in your citation counts either, as this is essential information when it comes to matching citations to publications correctly. Additionally, if the citing paper is not on ResearchGate, this can hinder our efforts to add the citation. Our citation data is regularly updated and we are working hard to improve how we extract and match citations. 

Here’s how you can remove a publication page and/or full-text from your profile or from ResearchGate entirely:

  1. Visit the Contributions tab on your profile and scroll down to the research item
  2. Click on the arrow next to Add resources
  3. Select Remove
  4. Select the relevant option
  5. Select your reason for removing
  6. Proceed by clicking on the relevant button.

Note: If you didn’t create the publication page, you will not have the option to remove it from ResearchGate entirely. You can, however, remove it from your profile. If one of your coauthors uploaded the full-text, it will still be visible on ResearchGate.

There’s an option to make your full-text private rather than removing it entirely from ResearchGate. This means the full-text will no longer be publicly displayed, but a private copy will be available to you and your coauthors. You must always ensure that you have the right to publicly share or privately store your full-text before doing so. For more information see Am I allowed to share my research on ResearchGate?

There are several reasons why you might not be able to remove a full-text from a publication page on your profile:

  • It’s not possible for you to remove a full-text that has been uploaded by a co-author.
  • We sometimes 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

Duplicates can occur when an author adds a publication that is already in our database, or more than one author adds the same item. If you have found a duplicate research item on your contributions list, please help us merge them by editing the item's details. ResearchGate automatically merges research items where all the information is identical, including title, date of publication, author names, and journal. Please note that if you have added both of the items to ResearchGate yourself, or if the information is not identical in every way, the publications will not be merged automatically. If one of the items has a DOI or both of them have different DOIs, we also won't merge the items automatically.

Note: We don’t merge articles with their linked data. We encourage our members to upload their work during all stages of the publication process, so we consider these to be separate research items.

To report a duplicate publication:

  1. Visit your Contributions tab
  2. Scroll down to the research item that is a duplicate
  3. Click on the downward-facing arrow at the bottom of the item next to the Add resources link
  4. Select Report Issue from the options in the drop-down
  5. Select This is a duplicate of another item in my profile and click Report issue
  6. In the box that appears, select which item you would like to be merged or search for it if you don't see it on the list (you can pick more than one item if necessary)
  7. Click Continue.

Please note: It can take up to 72 hours for the publications to be merged. Alternatively, you could delete one of the duplicate publications yourself. Please see the instructions above. 

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