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I’ve found a duplicate research item. How can I report it?

Duplicates can occur when an author adds a research item that is already in our database, or when more than one author adds the same item. If you have found duplicate research items on your contributions list, please help us merge them by editing the items' details. We automatically merge research items where all information is identical, including title, date of publication, author list, and journal.

Please note: Research items will not automatically merge if:

  • you have added both of the research items yourself 
  • all information is not identical
  • one of the research items has a DOI
  • both items have different DOIs. 

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

If you want two identical research items to automatically merge, you can edit their details by following these steps:

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

Please note: It can take up to 72 hours for the items to merge.

If you prefer to simply delete one of your duplicate research items, you can find out about your options for removal here.

I have two profiles. Why did this happen and how can I fix it?

Duplicate profiles are sometimes created because of the various ways you can sign up to ResearchGate. The best way to fix this is to delete whichever profile is less complete, as long as you keep the profile you still have access to.

Here's how to delete your unwanted account:

  1. Log in with the email address associated with the account you want to delete
  2. On the top-right of any page, click the arrow next to your photo thumbnail
  3. Click Settings and select Account settings on the right-hand side
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of this page
  5. Click the red Delete account button.

Once you've deleted your secondary account, please confirm authorship of all of your publications with your primary account.  Your RG Score will update within the next week. Unfortunately, it's not possible to transfer projects, follows, or Q&A contributions to another profile.

If you no longer have access to the secondary profile, please contact us and provide us with the ResearchGate URLs for the duplicate profiles, as well as the login email address for each account. Please specify which URL should be kept and which URL should be merged.

Please note: We can only transfer publications from your secondary profile to your preferred profile. Profile views, followers, followings, projects, and questions will not be transferred.

I've discovered a page that lists my scientific contributions. What can I do?

When browsing ResearchGate you might come across a page that lists your scientific contributions or those of a colleague or co-author. This is most likely an unclaimed scientific contributions page. These pages typically have a URL in this form

Unclaimed scientific contribution pages contain bibliographic data of published and publicly available information. One reason they exist is to make confirming authorship and adding publications to your ResearchGate profile page easier.

To confirm your unclaimed scientific contributions page (and all the publications that come along with it), click Are you Firstname Lastname? on the top right-hand side of the page. The unclaimed scientific contributions page will then be merged with your ResearchGate profile.

If you know the researcher who should claim the scientific contributions page, simply click Invite. If they are not on ResearchGate, you will be prompted to enter their email address, which will send an email to them suggesting that the confirm authorship of the unclaimed scientific contribution page. 

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