Academic social networks are platforms whose main goal is to connect researchers with common interests and help them to share information.
They allow you to :
There are a dozen of these platforms but the most popular and known are ResearchGate and Academia.
What are the benefits for researchers of creating a profile in academic social netwoks?
|Promote your research||These sites are highly visited, prominent in Google searches and push your research towards people interested in your field or who are already following you. Visibility can increase your number of citations as is stated in the following study.|
|Follow the attention of your research through bibliometric indicators||Profile and document views, paper and author ranks.||Profile views, reads (documents reads and downloads), citations count, RG Score and total research interest.|
|Keep abreast of the literature on your subject||Subject and author monitoring: you automatically receive new uploaded papers from people you follow or subjects that interest you.|
|Discuss and find collaborations||Service sessions: post your research and get feed back.||
Q&A: forum where you can ask questions.
These platforms offer substantially similar services but ResearchGate offers more functionalities such as the discussion board, and provides more bibliometric indicators.
Keep in mind : these metrics are only harvested on this platform and are not very reliable, as data collection methods and score calculations are not transparent.
RG Score: is based on how other researchers interact with a user's content, how often, and who they are. ResearchGate doesn't explicitly state how the score is calculated. It seems to be based on the impact factor of the journals a researcher has published in, and activity and discussion mediated by the site. After July 2022, the RG Score will be removed from ResearchGate and it will be replaced by the Research Interest Score.
Keep in mind : metrics are only harvested on this platform and are not very reliable, as data collection methods and score calculations are not transparent.
Academic Social Networks can be good tools to reach international visibility. Here are some of their weaknesses that you have to keep in mind.