|Type of site||Social network service for scientists|
|Created by||Ijad Madisch, Sören Hofmayer, Horst Fickenscher|
ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. The site has been described as a mash-up of “Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn” that includes “profile pages, comments, groups, job listings, and ‘like’ and ‘follow’ buttons”. Members are encouraged to share raw data and failed experiment results as well as successes, in order to avoid repeating their peers’ scientific research mistakes. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is among the company's investors.
The company was founded by Ijad Madisch, who has stated that he wishes to win a Nobel Prize through the site by disrupting the way in which science is conducted. Madisch envisions a future in which scientists will publish their positive and negative results and data on his site instead of paying to publish it elsewhere.
On September 8, 2010, ResearchGate announced the completion of its Series A financing. On February 22, 2012, ResearchGate announced the completion of its Series B financing. On June 4, 2013, it closed Series C financing for $35M from investors including Bill Gates.
As of 2012[update] ResearchGate's board of directors consists of Benchmark Capital general partner Matt Cohler, ResearchGate co-founder Madisch, and Founders Fund partner and PayPal co-founder Luke Nosek.
ResearchGate is said to be investigating ways to make money by providing job boards, conference boards for scientists and partnering with companies that manufacture and sell biotech lab equipment.
ResearchGate automatically sends out invitations with the following template "XY invited you to join ResearchGate and confirm authorship of: ..." This mail seemingly arrives from XY (the From field contain XY). It has been stated by several researchers  that these invitations are sent out without explicit consent from XY, and as such some people think these can be considered spam. Others oppose this opinion, and argue that such a statement should not be in ResearchGate's description, as it is only based on personal reports from discussion sites such as Reddit, Quora, or on comments on the company's own site.
Some scientists and researchers have expressed skepticism about the need for a social networking site. As quoted in Forbes, neuroscientist Bradley Voytek said “ResearchGate has its work cut out for them.” In his opinion, “researchers are quite conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies because time and attention are scarce commodities.” Voytek added that ResearchGate needs to “figure out how to get older, more experienced scientists to use their service. That’s a difficult task.”
Blogger Beatrice Lugger reported in 2012 that her "RG score" placed her in the top 5% of ResearchGate users, even though her contributions were restricted to occasional questions in the research topics. Lugger suggested that the score might therefore not be indicative of true scientific impact, and that few users are active on the site.
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