ResearchGate, is a social networking site designed exclusively for researchers and scientists. It was founded by virologists Dr. Ijad Madisch and Sören Hofmayer and IT-specialist Horst Fickenscher in 2008. According to ResearchGate’s site, more than eight million scientists worldwide use the network. Their primary aim is to share publications, collaborate, and build reputation, ask questions and receive answers from researchers in the same field, and present and get feedback on their research. ResearchGate is free to join, and members can upload copies of their publications. Once you create an account you can tailor the notifications and privacy settings associated with your account. The official mission of ResearchGate states: “Our mission is to connect researchers and make it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise. On ResearchGate they find what they need to advance their research”.

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