Professor’s Take on Online Academic Networks ResearchGate, Academia.edu & Mendeley

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Here is an insightful blog post from a professor explaining what he does and does not like about academic networks ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley.

Summary of His Post

Key quote:

As an university professor, with great pressure to publish in academic journals, academic generalist networks ResearchGate, Academia.edu or Mendeley, help me to:

– Disseminate on the web my published articles to try to obtain citations and names among the scientific community in my field of expertise
– Find research papers quickly and easily
– Search for collaboration and international research projects
– Share ideas and find solutions

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ResearchGate Likes: interactivity, intelligence, source credibility
ResearchGate Dislikes: difficult to upload all publications

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Academia.edu Likes: repository of publications
Academia.edu Dislikes: “very restrictive when disclosing your ideas to exchange views with other researchers.”

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Mendeley: Not an academic network. Organize and search bibliographies, add papers from the web to your library.


“Foresee a better future for ResearchGate because of its commitment to sociability, though not as much as LinkedIn, my favorite generalist academic network.”

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  • Don

    There are so many networks to possibly join. Facebook and LinkedIn are not even mentioned. It is hard to know which one is worthwhile on a professional level to advance a career.

    • Thanks for the comment Don.

      You are right lots of networks to join online. Focus on where people in your area of expertise are.

      ResearchGate is strong in the sciences and engineering. Academia.edu is a more general network of academics, like a Facebook for academics. While others like Mendeley are more limited and might not be worthwhile at all.

      Don’t underestimate LinkedIn or Facebook groups as well.

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