Raises scientists' profiles by using social media.
Reputation is the currency of science. As scientists, labs, departments, universities and journals build stronger reputations they attract more funding and collaborators. However reputation is very difficult to measure directly, so it is mainly measured through research citations and awards.
ResearchGate was founded in 2008, by a small group of young rising stars of biomedical research, to take scientific reputation management into the age of Facebook and social networking.
The ResearchGate social network is only open to people with an email address at a registered university or research institution. Once on the site they can create their own profile, akin to a Facebook profile, use tools to measure and manage their reputation, form links with other scientists, upload their research, access databases of literature, scan for interesting research projects and even look for a job. The only thing missing is an online dating service.
Where the Public Library of Science has used the web to revolutionise journal publishing, ResearchGate aims to remake social networks between scientists; promoting collaboration to augment more formal, traditional channels.
Image ' Laboratory Science - biomedical' courtesy of Bill Dickinson
Last updated: 09th of May, 2014