ResearchGate
Social media café - 1 December 2016
Wageningen UR Library - Ellen Fest & Hugo Besemer
Program
 7 Questions about ResearchGate
 Panel:
● Liping Weng (Department of Soil Quality)
● Ana Lopez Contreras (Food &...
Thanks for your questions!
1.What can ResearchGate do with my data, what are the risks?
2.What about copyrights and open a...
Q1: What can ResearchGate do with my
data, what are the risks?
 Terms of use
● German law applies
● ResearchGate presents...
So how do they make their money?
5
“What is ResearchGate's business model to
monetize in the long run? Will the service
st...
Yet another risk: they pretend they are
you.....
Q2: What about copyrights and open
access?!
 Important: copyright rules allow making/sharing copies for personal
use.
● S...
Q2: What about copyrights and open
access?!
 Important: copyright rules allow making/sharing copies for personal
use.
● S...
Q3: Who is on ResearchGate?
 High profile European researchers seem to be missing
 Junior faculty members show high acti...
10
Subjects & papers
11
Countries
Q4: Do I get reliable answers to my
questions?
Beyond the anecdotal, there is a piece of research that we
found:
● Positiv...
Q5: What is the difference with other
scholarly networks?
13
Adapted from:
- Wee, Joan. “Research Network.” http://en.slid...
Q5: What is the difference with other
scholarly networks?
14
Adapted from:
- Wee, Joan. “Research Network.” http://en.slid...
Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not?
• full text or summary of all types read
• downloads of file on RG
→ reads breakdown for mo...
Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not?
• based on the publication in
the RG-database
• exact coverage unclear
Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not?
The cumulative journal impact
factors of the publications
Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not?
RG-score:
• calculated by RG
• not fully disclosed
• based on contributions,
interactions a...
Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not?
1 Kraker, P., & Lex, E. (2015). A Critical Look at the ResearchGate Score as a Measure of S...
Q7: Can I exchange data with other
profiles?
 no exchange of data with LinkedIN
 send pubs from Staff Publications/GS to...
Take home message: where to invest time?
ORCID → complete publication overview
where your audience is?
● companies, gove...
Questions?
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http://www.slideshare.net/hugobesemer
http://www.slideshare.net/EllenFe...
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    1. 1. ResearchGate Social media café - 1 December 2016 Wageningen UR Library - Ellen Fest & Hugo Besemer
    2. 2. Program  7 Questions about ResearchGate  Panel: ● Liping Weng (Department of Soil Quality) ● Ana Lopez Contreras (Food & Biobased Research) ● Viet Nguyen (Operations Research and Logistics) 2
    3. 3. Thanks for your questions! 1.What can ResearchGate do with my data, what are the risks? 2.What about copyrights and open access?! 3.Who is on ResearchGate? 4.Do I get reliable answers to my questions? 5.What is the difference with other networks, like Academia.edu? 6.What is the value of the ResearchGate score 7.How does ResearchGate relate to ORCID, Linkedin etcetera and how do we maintain those profiles? 3
    4. 4. Q1: What can ResearchGate do with my data, what are the risks?  Terms of use ● German law applies ● ResearchGate presents itself as a service that enables the users (you) to present information ● ResearchGate can not provide data to third parties ● You "indemnify" ResearchGate for copyright infringements  Sounds to good to be true, how do they make their money? 4
    5. 5. So how do they make their money? 5 “What is ResearchGate's business model to monetize in the long run? Will the service stay free? Yes, the service will always stay free for scientists. First of all, as stated in our terms, we are not allowed to sell our users' data to any third party which is also not a good idea, if you want to make money in a sensible way. The first idea is to offer featured and targeted job postings. We already started that: Companies or research institutions can post their job openings for free, but if they want to get more visibility, they have to pay. Secondly, we give scientific conferences the opportunity to market their events. And finally, we want to create a marketplace for scientific products and services. Very similar to Amazon, but for viruses, bacterias, cell cultures etc. So we show researchers where they can buy their laboratory supplies and give them the opportunity to give feedback to vendors and review the products. “ interview with Ijad Madisch co-founder of ResearchGate (17/1/2014; http://dld- conference.com/articles/connecting-the- dots-of-science)
    6. 6. Yet another risk: they pretend they are you.....
    7. 7. Q2: What about copyrights and open access?!  Important: copyright rules allow making/sharing copies for personal use. ● So.... You can always have the reference in your profile, and answer requests  Normal copyright rules apply, before uploading check http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ ● Uploading Open Access publications is a way to get them covered in Google Scholar 7
    8. 8. Q2: What about copyrights and open access?!  Important: copyright rules allow making/sharing copies for personal use. ● So.... You can always have the reference in your profile, and answer requests  Normal copyright rules apply, before uploading check http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ ● Uploading Open Access publications is a way to get them covered in Google Scholar  Other publications: depends on agreements You => Wageningen UR ● If you / your client wants publications to be in the public domain please consider creative commons licenses 8 (more information)
    9. 9. Q3: Who is on ResearchGate?  High profile European researchers seem to be missing  Junior faculty members show high activity  Broad survey showed academia.edu slightly more popular than ResearchGate  ResearchGate more popular in India, South Africa, Andean countries 9 Sources: • Thelwall, Mike, and Kayvan Kousha. "ResearchGate: Disseminating, communicating, and measuring Scholarship?." Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 66.5 (2015): 876-889. http://cba.scit.wlv.ac.uk/~cm1993/papers/ResearchGate.pdf • Thelwall, M., & Kousha, K. (2015). ResearchGate Articles: Age, Discipline, Audience Size and Impact1, 1– 20. http://www.scit.wlv.ac.uk/~cm1993/papers/ResearchGateArticles_preprint.pdf (see also literature review)
    10. 10. 10 Subjects & papers
    11. 11. 11 Countries
    12. 12. Q4: Do I get reliable answers to my questions? Beyond the anecdotal, there is a piece of research that we found: ● Positive correlation with ResearchGate Score ● Positive correlation with length of answer ● Positive correlation with references ● Positive correlation with factual information ● Negative correlation with “chatiness” 12 Li, Lei, et al. "Answer Quality Characteristics and Prediction on an Academic Q&A Site: A Case Study on ResearchGate." Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion. International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, 2015. http://www.www2015.it/documents/proceedings/companion/p1453.pdf
    13. 13. Q5: What is the difference with other scholarly networks? 13 Adapted from: - Wee, Joan. “Research Network.” http://en.slideshare.net/ntunmg/research-network-30833267 - Aventurier, Pascal. "Academic social networks: Challenges and opportunities. http://www.slideshare.net/paventurier/academic-social-networks-challenges-and-opportunities
    14. 14. Q5: What is the difference with other scholarly networks? 14 Adapted from: - Wee, Joan. “Research Network.” http://en.slideshare.net/ntunmg/research-network-30833267 - Aventurier, Pascal. "Academic social networks: Challenges and opportunities. http://www.slideshare.net/paventurier/academic-social-networks-challenges-and-opportunities
    15. 15. Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not? • full text or summary of all types read • downloads of file on RG → reads breakdown for more details
    16. 16. Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not? • based on the publication in the RG-database • exact coverage unclear
    17. 17. Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not? The cumulative journal impact factors of the publications
    18. 18. Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not? RG-score: • calculated by RG • not fully disclosed • based on contributions, interactions and reputation
    19. 19. Q6: RG-metrics: use it or not? 1 Kraker, P., & Lex, E. (2015). A Critical Look at the ResearchGate Score as a Measure of Scientific Reputation. In ASCW’15 Workshop at Web Science 2015 (pp. 7–9). Serious short-comings: The score is not transparent and irreproducible1 The score incorporates the journal impact factor to evaluate individual researchers1 Changes in the score cannot be reconstructed1 Coverage for citations is limited and not defined
    20. 20. Q7: Can I exchange data with other profiles?  no exchange of data with LinkedIN  send pubs from Staff Publications/GS to RG via RIS- export (limited)  import from reference manager (limited)  alternative for complete publication overview: ORCID
    21. 21. Take home message: where to invest time? ORCID → complete publication overview where your audience is? ● companies, government → LinkedIN ● scientists → ResearchGate … LinkedIN-profile or We@wur-page for visibility on the web ResearchGate → networking with peers
    22. 22. Questions? This presentation is also available on: http://www.slideshare.net/hugobesemer http://www.slideshare.net/EllenFest 22 The case of the dormant user Information on author profiles and social networks is at available at the Library's website

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