Talk:ResearchGate

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Does RG really restrict user registration in any meaningful way?[edit]

Someone added a statement to the lead section of the article today to say "Users that wish to register need an academic email address or be engaged in research activities." It appears that this was basically true at one time (e.g., I found a record (see comment by Clarinda Cerejo) of someone commenting angrily that when the policy was applied to them, their account was disabled since they were retired and did not have a recognized academic email address), but I wonder whether it really remains true. I don't see any restriction mentioned on the company's "About us" page, and no restriction seems to be mentioned in the new Times Higher Education article, and the site's Terms and Conditions page doesn't seem to say anything about that, and when I pretended to try to sign up for an account, the site seemed to let me skip the relevant questions or select vague responses or say I was just a member of the public that wanted an account (although I did not complete the entire sign-up process, so I don't know for certain). The clarity of what it means to be "engaged in research activities" is also, of course, very vague – any schoolchild may be interpreted as "engaged in research activities" when they look up information about their favorite pop star on the web. At this point I am under the impression that there is nothing that really prevents anyone who wants to register from signing up for an account on the site. I plan to remove that sentence, on the grounds that it is unclear, is unnecessary detail for a lead, and may be basically untrue (or misleading/meaningless). —BarrelProof (talk) 20:40, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

They claim you need an institutional address: https://explore.researchgate.net/display/support/Signing+up+for+ResearchGate — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.214.32.189 (talk) 22:11, 22 April 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for locating that. I'll add a citation to the article with a clarified description of the restriction. —BarrelProof (talk) 22:17, 22 April 2016 (UTC)


Just posted on this vein. Not hopeful it will show.... Not being able to join RG does nnot stop me being welcomed at places such as the labs at the London Nat.Hist.Mus. Erythroidea (talk) 13:09, 16 May 2016 (UTC)

I have made a minor edit. You can see here: https://explore.researchgate.net/display/support/Signing+up+for+ResearchGate that all people can access the documents (publications etc) without registering. "If you’re not a researcher, you can still browse ResearchGate and discover content such as publications, jobs, and questions without being registered." You can even try it yourself to see that publications are accessible to all regardless of signing-up. Neurodavid2014 (talk) 15:19, 27 May 2016 (UTC)


Along this subject, I would consider changing this sentence...

"Most of ResearchGate's users are involved in medicine or biology,[11][13] though it also has participants from engineering, computer science, agricultural sciences, and psychology, among others.[11]"

...Because, engineers that are not part of an "institution" or do not have an .edu internet domain email are evidently not welcome on RG. I found this out recently when I tried to join because I am an electronic engineer in the alternative energy field. RG evidently is leaving out a lot of people that actually do real work and innovation in their field. boB boB K7IQ (talk) 06:46, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

@BoBK7IQ: I boycott ResearchGate because of their spam emails. And no high-profile researcher in my domain appears to use RG. That doesn't need we need to remove my field from this list, because the sentence does not claim that everybody from that field is able/welcome/actively using it. I bet you will find at least 1 engineer on ResearchGate. And the lead already clearly states your problem: "need to have an email address at a recognized institution". Just let ResearchGate burn through their money without generating revenue, and they will eventually disappear when they are out of seed funding. Their burn rate must be huge. When having a look at the (actually quite low quality, and mostly from 2014) "topic" discussions on their web site, I get shown exactly two advertisements; one of which is generic travel. I doubt that covers their cost. Given their intake of funding, I'd guess they are wasting $10 million a year... they probably are good for another 4 years then. HelpUsStopSpam (talk) 17:24, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Excluding researcher gate[edit]

Primative clunky criteria to join Researchgate. I am a leader in my field but cannot join using the forms on the web with android. My papers are mostly to be found if one googles my name and field. My middle initial is needed for hitting listings of my >20 new taxa. John m clark Acarologist (mites) Erythroidea (talk) 13:02, 16 May 2016 (UTC)

Updating numbers[edit]

A number of articles have been published with new numbers https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-15/bill-gates-backed-research-network-targets-advertising-revenues Neurodavid2014 (talk) 10:53, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Provided some comparison with Google Scholar, which seems to be neck-and-neck with RG now. Famousdog (c) 12:05, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Famousdog. ResearchGate has since stopped the sending invitations "Invitations will not be sent in your name unless you yourself send them. You can always see invitations you have sent here" source: "https://explore.researchgate.net/display/support/Inviting+colleagues+to+ResearchGate". To inform people I have added this at the end of 2 paragraphs. Neurodavid2014 (talk) 16:17, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

That's interesting. It would be nice to find some independent third-party source to cite to describe the modified practices and how the community has responded to the change. A couple of questions that come to mind:
  • It says "Invitations will not be sent [to your coauthors] in your name unless you yourself send them." Does that mean that your coauthors won't be pestered with invitations to join the site, or only that the pestering won't be done in your name?
  • Have they stopped setting up apparent profiles for non-users without their consent? Have they removed the automatically-generated profiles that they created previously?
BarrelProof (talk) 19:50, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
I imagine that their policy of spamming academics to death continues unabated, but that they don't do it in such a misleading and disingenuous manner by pretending that emails are sent from your colleagues. Regarding the profiles, a couple of months ago I asked RG to delete the (wildly inaccurate) profile that they automatically created for me and they did so. Famousdog (c) 11:46, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
I'd assume they have for now suspended the automatic invitation system, because it doesn't yield new users anymore. They probably spammed almost every academic already, and if someone hasn't joined they won't join either if spammed again and again. They would be stupid if they didn't track "conversion rate" and stop if it doesn't work anymore. The last spam I received from ResearchGate was September 2015. But maybe they just ended up on the university spam filter. --Chire (talk) 12:41, 5 December 2016 (UTC)