Social networking for researchers

ResearchGate and other tools

Dan Scott / +DanScottCAN / @denials

Why network?

  • Promote your work
    • Get citations!
    • Get hired!
  • Find potential collaborators
  • Get advice from fellow experts
  • Access other's work


Get citations

Get hired

Get advice from fellow experts

Promoting your work

Promoting your work (2)

Promoting your work (3)

Promoting your work (4)

ResearchGate Terms and Conditions

  1. Users may only request storage of such information that they may legally store and publish. Users must not request to store any information that infringes any third party's copyright, trademarks, other intellectual property rights or any other rights.
  2. Users indemnify the Provider from any claims raised by third parties in reference to any information that is stored on request of the respective User. The indemnification covers all adequate expenditures, including court and lawyer fees.

ResearchGate: Pros

  • Researcher profile/promotion
  • Q&A forums
  • Job hunting
  • Literature awareness service

ResearchGate: Cons

Similar to ResearchGate

  • 15M members, vs. RG's 5M
  • Open to anyone over 13, vs. RG's university email address requirement
  • Like RG, terms of use place burden on users


  • Primary use case: reference management
  • Document sharing and collaboration on the side
  • Researcher profile/promotion
  • Like RG, terms of use place burden on users

Publisher crackdowns

The first signs of Elsevier crackdown trickled out online in early December, when saw a huge spike in takedown notices. [...] Price says the company received around 2,800 take-down requests within the course of a few weeks. The site e-mailed notices to the academics affected, explaining why the papers were taken down.
Peterson, Andrea. "How one publisher is stopping academics from sharing their research", The Washington Post. Dec. 19, 2013.

Making your research freely available

  • Publish in quality open access journals
    • Keep your copyright
    • Often an "author pays" model
  • Check self-deposit policy of journal
    • Many journals allow you to upload your pre-print to your institutional repository

Institutional repository?


  • Run by the library since 2007 to provide access to the scholarly activity of the university community
  • Contents are harvested and indexed in Google Scholar, WorldCat, and other general search engines
  • Contact Dan Scott <> for help

Google Scholar

  • Great at tracking down freely available copies of articles
  • Offers clean researcher profiles and (minimal) networking
  • Intelligent literature awareness service
  • Interesting citation metrics

Access to research: the dark side

r/scholar, LibGen, SciHub

I highly recommend staying away from these.


This reddit is for requesting and sharing specific articles available in various databases. Please no requests for help with finding sources for your research. Look around a bit before posting. Please be aware of copyright issues and Fair Use Copyright.


  • Like The Pirate Bay, with a focus on written works
  • Entire corpus distributed via BitTorrent
  • Pretty clearly some massive violation of copyright going on



  • Uses phished or freely shared(!) user names and passwords to access university collections.
  • At Laurentian, abused accounts have resulted in off-campus access to ScienceDirect and other resources being shut down.
  • BTW, your proxy account == your email account == many other Laurentian accounts.
  • It's just a bad idea.


RACER logo
  • RACER gives the library statistics to justify new journal subscriptions.
  • Articles are delivered within a week, usually a few days, via email. For free!
  • Your use is covered under fair dealing copyright provisions.

Twitter: a promotion engine

Twitter can reward the sassy


  • Promote:
    • Publish in open-access journals
    • Deposit copies in LU|Zone|UL
    • Create researcher profiles in Google Scholar & other services
    • Tap into Twitter brand accounts (@CROSH_CRSST and @LaurentianU)!
  • Find potential collaborators:
    • Create researcher profiles in Google Scholar & other services
  • Get advice from fellow experts:
    • Maybe check out ResearchGate's community
  • Access other's work:
    • Google Scholar and RACER requests

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