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ResearchGate is a social networking site connecting researchers throughout the world by allowing them to share publications, and information. This guide provides an introduction to ResearchGate and contains information about some of the most useful features to help researchers and professors creating a ResearchGate profile. 

ResearchGate was started by two researchers Dr. Ijad Madisch and Dr. Sören Hofmayer, and computer scientist Horst Fickenscher.  ResearchGate today has more than 7 million members. 

Here's a quick tour of a ResearchGate profile

A ResearchGate profile is an overview of a researcher’s work: their publications, professional expertise, institutions, contributions, and all the questions they have answered on the website. Researchers can show their peers current projects. 

Here is an example of a ResearchGate Profile.

Researcher: Yuanchang Xie

research gate profile page

Screenshot of Yuanchang Xie’s profile was taken on the 20th of July 2015.

Publication is one of the most useful features on ResearchGate: whether you are adding your research (Journal articles, conference papers,etc.), looking for research in your field, or downloading other researcher’s work.

Here is an example of ResearchGate publications.

Researcher: Yuanchang Xie

researchgate publications page

Screenshot of Yuanchang Xie’s profile was taken on the 20th of July 2015

Ask research-related questions answered by other specialists. Share your knowledge, connect with researchers, and identify yourself as an expert in your field.

queston page in researchgate