ResearchGate is dedicated to helping you share your work with an ever-growing global network of scientists and researchers. As we described in our previous blog post, ResearchGate has streamlined adding publications to your profile to make the whole process as easy as possible.
Another question we'd like to adress as an introduction to our new FAQs is how we find your publications and how to best present this research to your peers.
Where does ResearchGate find my publications?
ResearchGate’s extensive publication database is compiled using publicly available metadata from other literature databases, including PubMed, NASA, and CiteSeer.
In most cases, any research you’ve published in a peer-reviewed journal will already be in our database. If there’s anything missing, you can also add your publications manually, meaning you can easily gain exposure for anything you want to add to your ResearchGate profile. We’re happy to report that ResearchGate members manually add hundreds of thousands of publications per month, meaning the latest research is always at your fingertips.
Why should I invite my co-authors to ResearchGate?
One way to make sure that your publications gain maximum exposure among your peers is by inviting your co-authors to join you on ResearchGate when you add publications to your profile. This way, they too can create a profile, confirm authorship of their work, and share it with their own network. Not only does this feature help you keep up with your colleagues' latest research, it also helps create a global, interdisciplinary network where you can find experts and research on any given topic – furthering potential for collaboration in the spirit of open science.
If you’d like your co-authors to join you, just ensure that the Invite my co-authors to ResearchGate box is checked when you’re adding publications, and where possible, an invitation will be sent. Invitations will only be sent if this box is checked. You can customize this feature at any time from your Account Settings. ResearchGate does not email your coauthors on your behalf without your knowledge or consent.
We hope these answers were helpful. Our FAQ section is a work in progress, and we’re looking forward to hearing which questions you’d like to see included.
In our final edition of the FAQ blog post series, read more about how ResearchGate makes it easy to discover research relevant to your own work.